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Reusable Sandwich Lunch Bags {A-Z Series, “L”}

Do you love to reuse and recycle and try to do your part in preserving this great earth? It kinda rocks, huh?!? And, makes you feel like you are making a difference right? Well, today we have a great project that will help you do your part even more all while being super crafty too! “L” is for lunches and Adrienne from Free Time Frolics is sharing her homework assignment, and her way of keeping our earth green and her kiddo’s lunches looking better than ever.

Reusable Sandwich Lunch Bags {A-Z Series, "L"} - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hello Ribbon Retreat Readers. My name is Adrienne, and I blog over at Free Time Frolics.  I blog about sewing, printable’s and recipes. I am so excited to be sharing the letter “L” with you today in the Back to School Series. I had a few ideas for the letter “L”.  I finally decided on making a reusable Lunch Bag.  I have seen them on the web but this little bag is special.  Why you ask?  Because most of these tutorials use vinyl fabric from the store. I chose my own fabric to make this and used an awesome product called Thermo Web Iron on Vinyl.  You can use whatever fabric you want and make it vinyl!  It is so cool! I fell in love with this adorable alphabet fabric at the Ribbon Retreat and went to work.

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2 coordinating fat quarters, both cut at 8″x16″
Thermo Web Iron on Vinyl, cut at 8″x16″
*NOTE: This iron on vinyl is not food safe, so if you are going to use this fun little bag for sandwiches or other food, you will want to use a product such as Ripstop Nylon or Procare fabrics to line your snack bags. Otherwise, use this little bag for a small first aid kit or a place to keep valuables safe (in their backpacks) while your kiddos are at school.
Sewable hook and loop Velcro

Reusable Sandwich Lunch Bags {A-Z Series, "L"} - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
1. Cut fabric and vinyl. Press out all creases and wrinkles.

2. Pull paper backing from vinyl. Lay on right side of fabric. Cover with a thin towel or piece of fabric. Follow
instructions for vinyl application. Repeat for coordinating fabric.

3.Place both fabrics RST. Sew around rectangle leaving a 3 inch hole for turning.

4.Turn right sides out. Push corners out. At this point I like to take my light weight cloth and lay
it on my vinyl and press everything down.

5. Cut a long piece of hook and loop tape. Fold your bag the way you would like it and place your hook and loop tape. Place one piece on the outside of the fabric on the short end. Stitch into place. On the opposing short end place the other piece of hook and loop on the inside fabric. Stitch into place. The hook and loop on the inside fabric is going to become the top of your bag. Fold your pouch and stitch down the two sides, making a pouch for your sandwich.

6. All finished. Your bag can be washed and dried and used again.

Reusable Sandwich Lunch Bags {A-Z Series, "L"} - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Reusable Sandwich Lunch Bags {A-Z Series, "L"} - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Isn’t this Thermo Web so cool. I think you could use this for all kinds of projects; Baby Bibs, Art Smock, chair covers or placemats. The possibilities are endless.

For more awesome Back to School projects come spend a little Free Time at my online home!


I don’t know about you, but we go through lots of school lunches at this house and these little re-usable sandwich bags will come in handy everyday!!! These re-usable bags are also perfect for holding treats for those little hands that aren’t quite big enough to go to school yet, too! They easily slide into your diaper bag or purse for a quick treat while out running errands!

Thank you Adrienne for sharing your talent with us today, and your great “L” project! For more awesome tutorials by this cute lady, make sure to visit her at Free Time Frolics.

Are you a fan of little bags that hold little treasures and are great organizers too? Check out these other great bags that are perfect for little treasures, little hands and keeping things straight in diaper bags, mama bags or toy rooms too…

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Confession time, how many little bags, like those above, do you have organizing your life? I have way too many to count! Hehe! Are you surprised?

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10 Comments

  1. Kayla
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Is there measurements for this? Or how did you come to cut the measurements that you used?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 15, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Hi Kayla! Thank you so much for your question. Yes, the measurements for both the fabric and iron on vinyl is 8″x16″. Good luck making these fun bags!!! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  2. karen DeCesare
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Cute project. However, you should know that per their website, the iron on vinyl is not food safe.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 15, 2014 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      Hi Karen! Thank you so much for your comment and for bringing that note to our attention! We will look into that further so everyone will be kept safe. Thank you Karen! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

      • Trisha W.
        Posted August 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

        I was just going to ask if that was food safe. I know some crafty people use ripstop nyon or better yet Procare fabrics to line their snack bags.

        • The Ribbon Retreat
          Posted August 18, 2014 at 8:32 am | Permalink

          Hi Trisha! Thank you so much for your question. We have looked at multiple sites as to whether or not this product is food safe. Some say yes and some say no and in fact are waiting for a return phone call from the company for their answer on this exact question. So to be safe, like you mentioned in your comment possibly using another waterproof product for the lining of your Sandwich Bag might be better. I appreciate you mentioning these other two products! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

          • Mad Scientist K
            Posted August 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

            There are FDA certified food safe laminates available, including ProCare and EcoPUL. I personally do not consider any vinyl products to be food safe no matter what the FDA says because of the relative volatility of vinyl compounds, so I stick with PUL or upcycled mylar (commonly found in potato chip bags) for waterproof items that will come in contact with food.

          • The Ribbon Retreat
            Posted August 26, 2014 at 7:07 am | Permalink

            Hi Mad Scientist! Thank you so much for your comment and ideas on food safe products to use for this project. I love them and appreciate you sharing!! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  3. Mesh
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    a brilliant idea will put into practice right now, thanks

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 15, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Hi Mesh! Thank you so much for your comment! Aren’t these reusable bags so awesome! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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