Friday, October 28, 2011

Guest Post: My Very Educated Mother

Hello Mommy by Day…Crafter by Night readers! I’m Erin, and I blog over at My Very Educated Mother*. I’m a homeschooling mother of three and when I'm not busy with my little scholars I like to spend my time creating, designing, and well, making things. My blog is a place for me to share stories, ideas, and inspirations and it’s such a joy to be able to share this tutorial with you!


Fold-Top Snack Bags

Everyone uses snack bags, whether it’s in lunch boxes, picnic baskets, diaper bags, or even purses. And while I try to do right by recycling and re-using my baggies I wanted another option. I could just buy re-usable bags but why when I can make them myself? Plus, the idea of crumb encrusted Velcro doesn’t sound appealing to me. The bag I came up with is reminiscent of the fold-top bags I had in my lunch box, circa 1984. They stitch up in a jiffy and in addition to being great snack bags, they make great treat bags for parties or gifts themselves.

Materials Needed

2    18” x 7” rectangles of fabric
Matching thread
Sewing Machine


1.  Start off by sewing both pieces together along one of the 7” sides. Turn and press seam.
2.  Fold the sewn edge down approximately 2”, and pin in place.
3.  Now the unsewn edges are going to be folded up, 2 to 3” above that 2” fold, in opposite directions.   The pictures explain this much better than I can. 
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4.  Once everything is folded and lined up, pin in place and sew along the sides; leaving the top open. 
5.  Flip the bag right side out and sew shut the top opening.
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6.  There you have it!  A fold-top snack bag that’s good for you and good for the Earth! 
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*My Very Educated Mother is part of a mnemonic device I learned as a child to remember the planets in order from the sun. The complete statement went, My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. Of course, since the whole Pluto fiasco, kids are left with Nothing...or maybe Noodles?


  1. I would really love to make some of these! Having little ones myself, these would come in really handy! Thanks for sharing. I love the fabric you chose!

  2. I made one of these for my son!!! The directions were very easy to follow and I made it in at least 10 or 15 minutes. Thanks for the tutorial!


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