Re-usable Lined Plastic Bags {sewing}

By | November 18, 2012

These Lined Plastic Baggies are re-usable and can be rinsed with water.  They are lined with ‘food safe’ plastic and are perfect for packing snacks.   Pack them in lunches, use them on trips, picnics, or whenever you need a snack!

Lined Snack Baggies  sewlicioushomedecor

You can use fabric or a kitchen towel. I used a kitchen towel from the dollar store. 

What you will need:

Fabric or towel

Double folded binding

6 Wal-Mart plastic grocery bags-Don’t worry, these are food safe!

Wal-mart bags are made from the same kind of plastics used in milk carton.

You can read more about it at the end of the post. 


Wax paper or parchment paper

Scissors, thread

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ut your fabric 7″x15″ inches.  Thats 7 inches wide and 15 inches long.


Next you will need to cut your plastic bags.  Cut the top handles off, the bottom and then open up the bag and cut one side.Afterwards, you will be able to open up the bag so that you have one long bag. Actually, it won’t be a bag any longer just a long piece of plastic.


Set your iron on low heat. Lay all your baggies flat down on a table and place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper on top.Iron over the wax paper quickly so the plastic bags begin melting slightly together.
Iron over quickly then check to see if the bags melted together.  Do quick motions until the first few bags have melted together, then turn the stack over and iron the other side. Make sure all the bags have melted together.


Pin the bags to the right side of your fabric.


Cut the edges of your bags so they line up with your fabric.

Now, go to your sewing machine and sew the layers of plastic bags onto the fabric

Leave one end open so that you can turn it right side out.


Turn it right side out when finished.

Now we’re going to sew the binding onto the side that was left open.


Before you completely unfold your binding, you will notice that one side is a tad bit wider than the other side.

Find the side that is smaller,  then unfold your binding and line up the smaller end of your biding to the fabric edge of your bag as shown, pin in place.


Sew along the folded line of the binding as shown.


Fold over the binding as shown below and pin in place.


You will notice the bigger edge of your binding covers up your stitches when you fold it over.

Did you know that’s why binding has one larger side?!

Fold the end over.

Using bobby pins makes it so much easier to hold it in place!


Sew in place.


Fold the top end down about 2 inches.
Then fold the bag in half as shown below. Pin the side edges together.


Sew the two sides together as shown below.


That’s it! You’re all done!

To wash it, just hold it under the faucet.


Now fill it with your favorite snacks and fold over the top to close it!

Lined Snack Baggies

For the recipe to the Funfetti Cake Batter Cookies in the photo click here.

**NOTE:  The Wal-mart plastic bags are considered safe if made contact with food.  You can read about the plastics we use that are harmful HERE.    

Wal-mart plastic baggies contain Polyethylene….

 “which is also found in  jugs of milk, water, juice, shampoo and detergent, as well as cereal-box liners. Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE / #4) is used for cling wraps and food storage bags, garbage and grocery bags, squeeze bottles, and coatings for milk cartons and hot-beverage cups. These plastics are generally good choices as they transmit no known chemicals into food and are generally recyclable”.

Check out my other waterproof, food safe Quick & Easy Snack Baggie using EcoPul fabric!

Quick and Easy Snack Baggie 10

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41 thoughts on “Re-usable Lined Plastic Bags {sewing}

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  6. Rosey

    It’s nice that you have the link for info. on plastic at the end. I like the reusable baggie! Thanks for linking to Super Sunday Sync.

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  9. kathleen babbitt

    what a unique idea! If you were going to use these as lunch or snack bags do you feel this plastic is food safe? how do you close it so the food stays fresh? thanks for sharing kathleen

    1. Marti Post author

      That’s a great question! These baggies are safe! Walmart bags are made of Polyethylene which is also used in cling wraps and food storage bags, garbage and grocery bags, squeeze bottles, and coatings for milk cartons and hot-beverage cups. It’s been found that these plastics are generally good choices as they transmit no known chemicals into food and are generally recyclable. I added a link at the end of the post where it lists all the chemicals in plastics that are harmful. 🙂

  10. Renea

    I would like to make some of these for my grandson’s lunch box. Have you washed your baggies? If used in a child’s lunch box I would want to be able to wash them. Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. Marti Post author

      Since the inside is lined, you can turn them inside out and run under a faucet. 🙂

  11. LydiaF

    I love this idea. At some point, I’m going to have to get the sewing machine out and make some. I’m really starting to notice all the plastic we use and throwaway after one use. These would be a great replacement for some of it.

  12. 4 You With Love

    I loved this project when Adrianne posted it and I love this holiday adaptation! I’m following along on GFC so I can keep up with all your crafty-goodness! I hope you have a wonderful day. I’d love for you to stop by and visit some time!


    1. Marti Cooper

      Thank you Marilyn for vising my site and for the follow. I’m now following your site, too! 🙂 You have a great site and thank you for posting the Holiday Link Up Parties!


  13. Laura

    I had to read that about 5 times because I couldn’t stop laughing at the cats. 🙂 Very cool idea though. I’ll have to put that on my “learn to do” list.

  14. Paula Miller

    Cute and very useful as well! Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party 🙂


  15. Marcie

    This is such a cute idea. Love it! Thanks for sharing on “I Gotta Try That” I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. Marti Cooper

      Hello Ambreen,

      I’m so excited to see you here and I’m glad you liked the baggies. They are so useful and can be used for so many things! 🙂



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