Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial}

I don’t think that I have shared this on the blog, but about a month ago I went back to work three days a week.  Now that I have to pack lunches for the three of us on the days I go to work something small started to drive me crazy. All of the little containers of food take up so much space in the lunch box!  Plastic sandwich and snack bags take up a lot less space but can be pricey when you are going through several a day.  I have seen reusable cloth bags several times before and decided they would be the perfect solution!Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

These reusable sandwich and snack bags are very easy to make and are so stinkin’ cute!  The fabric I chose has a plastic finish so it keeps dry foods dry and keeps wet foods from leaking.  At the end of the day I hand wash and dry the bags right along with all of the other dishes.  There are lots of different opinions about which fabrics are food safe so do some research and decide what will work best for you.  Some popular fabric choices are laminated cotton, vinyl tablecloth, clear vinyl, oil cloth and cotton treated with beeswax.Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

If you can sew a straight line this project is for you!  So grab some supplies and lets get going.

You will need:

  • Fabric (14″ x 10″ for the snack bag or 14″ x 16″ for the sandwich bag)
  • Matching thread
  • 3/4″ wide velcro (5 1/2″ per bag)

Cut out 2 pieces of fabric.  For the snack bag cut them 7″ x 10″.  For the sandwich bag cut them 7″ x 16″.Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.comCut a piece of Velcro 5 1/2″ long.  On your first piece of fabric, center the loop (soft) piece of the Velcro 1/2″ from the edge of the top 7″ side of the  fabric.   On your second piece of fabric, center the hook (scratchy) piece of the Velcro 1 1/4″ from the edge of the bottom 7″ side of the fabric.  I used paperclips instead of pins to hold things together because I didn’t want to poke any unnecessary holes in my plastic coated fabric.Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

Sew all around the outside edges of your Velcro to attach it to the fabric.

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Place fabric right sides together with the pieces of Velcro on opposite ends from each other.

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With a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew along three sides of the fabric.  Do not sew the 7″ side that has the loop (soft) piece of Velcro.  Then turn the bag right side out and press.  If you have a plastic coated material that will melt, press the seams with your fingers rather than an iron.Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

To finish sewing the fourth side of the bag, fold the raw edges under 1/4″ and top stitch 1/8″ from the edge.Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.comNow fold the bottom (end with the hook piece of Velcro) of the bag up so that both pieces of Velcro are facing you.  For the snack bag fold up 3 1/2″ and for the sandwich bag fold up 6 1/2″.

Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.comYou can see in this next picture that I tried two different ways of sewing up the sides of the bag.  For my first bag (on the right) I sewed 1/4″ from the edge and didn’t sew the top flap.  On the second bag (on the left) I sewed 1/8″ from the edge and sewed the entire length of the sides; including the flap that folds over.  I personally like the smaller seam but go with whatever tickles your fancy.

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As a finishing touch I decided to add a label to my bags.  Everything that goes to daycare with Henry has to have his name on it and I certainly don’t want these bags getting lost!  By cutting a piece of white fabric from the salvage edge of my fabric and stitching it on the flap of the bag I now have the perfect spot to write his name.  I lined the label up with the Velcro on the inside of the flap in an effort to hide the stitching.  If I had been thinking ahead I would have sewn on the label when I was sewing on the Velcro.Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

So here they are……my fun little reusable bags…..ready to transport yummy food!Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

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Car Halloween Wagon Costume {Tutorial}

Have you ever heard of wagon or stroller costumes?  Before last year I had never heard of them but I  have to say that they make a lot of sense.  When your little one is too small to walk around the neighborhood on their own, their costumes kind of get swallowed up by the stroller they are ridding in.  So why not turn their wagon or stroller into a costume and plop them inside?

Since Henry is more aware of what is going on this year I figured I should make a costume that he would like.  It wasn’t too hard to think of a theme.  Henry LOVES cars!

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Are you thinking of making a stroller or wagon costume this year?  It really was quite easy and cheap!  In fact I already had a large box in my garage that was just the right size for my wagon!  I started out by measuring the height of the wagon then subtracted a few inches so the box wouldn’t drag on the ground.  Then using that measurement I cut off one side of the box.Car Halloween Wagon Costume {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

What was once the bottom of the box (still taped closed) will be at the back of the wagon and what was once the top of the box will be at the front of the wagon.  The next step was to measure the width of the wagon and figure out how big of a hole I needed to make in the top of the box for Henry to fit inside.   I ended up leaving a 3″ border around the sides and back of the opening so the box would easily rest on the top edges of the wagon.  The opening is 12″ from the front to back (relative to how Henry will sit in the opening) and should give him plenty of wiggle room.

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To keep the box from sliding off the wagon I wrapped the top and sides around the front of the wagon and taped them in place.  I also cut out a portion of the sides so the wheels had more room to turn from side to side.Car Halloween Wagon Costume {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

Using a scrap of cardboard I cut out a strip that will be the windshield and will wrap around the front of Henry’s seat.  I didn’t tape the windshield to the car at this point; just set it on top to determine the size of the windshield.Car Halloween Wagon Costume {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

Time to paint the car!  White probably wouldn’t have been my first choice (it took 4 coats to cover the words on the box!) but someone had given us 6 cans of white spray paint so I decided to use them up.

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Once the paint dried the real fun began!  I enjoyed adding all of the little details to the car and was like a giddy little school girl when I showed off the car to Stephen. :)

The back of the car has a trunk that I drew on with a black permanent marker.  The tail lights are red construction paper glued to the box.  And the license plate is blue construction paper with permanent marker letters.  You will notice that there is no steering wheel.  I want to add one but haven’t come up with anything that can turn and won’t easily rip off when Henry tries to play with it.  Any ides?Car Halloween Wagon Costume {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

Moving around to the side you can see the door I drew on with marker and the wheels.  For the wheels I used black construction paper and aluminum foil.  I think the side mirrors are so fun.  I sandwiched a thin piece of cardboard between a layer of black construction paper and a layer of aluminum foil.  The mirrors are circles with a tab that I slid into a slit in the window and secured to the inside of the window with tape.

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The front of the car has my favorite feature.  Just think of how cool it will be to cruse around the dark neighborhood with some bright headlights leading the way!  Yep, those lights really do light up. The small, battery operated, touch lights are the only items I had to buy specifically for our Halloween costumes.  I was pretty excited to find them for a dollar each at Dollar General.  I used a crazy amount of packing tape to attach the lights to the car and I hope they stay on the entire night.  The front of the car also sports a few more drawn on details like the hood, the windshield wipers and the logo (Stephen’s special request).

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Now I couldn’t just stop with the car.  I had to make some simple costumes for Stephen and I to join in the fun!  By cutting out some construction paper circles and attaching them to a black shirt with safety pins; Stephen will be a stoplight.Car Halloween Wagon Costume {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

Even baby #2 is going to dress up this Halloween!  It will be the bump in the road.  Ha!  My corny little jokes always crack me up. :)  Bet you can guess what I used to make the road sign and yellow dashed line……yep, more construction paper and permanent marker.Car Halloween Wagon Costume {Tutorial} - finddailyjoy.com

Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?  Are you making costumes?

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Friday Five {Vol. 38}

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Here are five things that made me smile this week.

1. Stephen’s job – So I don’t think that I’ve told you guys yet, but Stephen started a new job back in August.  It is a video production job and he is really excited to finally have a job in his field.  The first two months on the job were slow but recently things have picked up and this week he was able to do some shooting and editing on his own!

2. Fall weather – I haven’t put away all of our short sleeve shirts just yet but we are starting to get some fall weather and the leaves are dropping.  Fall is my favorite season!!

3. Escape artist – I’m not exactly sure how he managed this, but some point during his nap Henry tried to escape from his shirt.Friday Five {Vol. 38} - finddailyjoy.com

4. New sounds – Henry learned the letters “k” and “s” this week.  Now he has added several new words to his vocabulary and added the second syllable to some of the words he was already saying.

5. New coop – Our chickens had outgrown their original coop and weren’t all going in at night to sleep.  Now they have a new, spacious coop and since they go in on their own we no longer have to gather them up each night.Friday Five {Vol. 38} - finddailyjoy.com

So what made you smile this week?

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Froot Loops Water Sensory Bin {Playing With Toddler}

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Fall weather has just started to blow in around here but I did manage to squeeze in one final summer activity last week.  I pulled out Henry’s water bin and decided it was time for some new objects to play with.  If you looked closely at the pictures from Henry’s last water sensory bin you may have noticed some blue circles.  Those rings are pieces of a pool noodle and since they are colorful, easy for little hands to manage and float I think they are perfect for the water bin.  When I spotted pool noodles on clearance at the end of the season I picked up a few more.

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The pool noodles are easy to cut with a serrated knife and I cut off slices that are about 1″ thick.  All of those colored rings reminded me of Froot Loops so I decided to go with the cereal theme and throw in some bowls and a large spoon.

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Henry has no idea what Froot Loops actually are but he did have lots of fun scooping and pouring.

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If the weather in your area is a little too chilly to play with water outside you could always play in the bathtub!

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Have you ever done a water sensory bin with your little one?  What did you put in the bin to play with?

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Time To Catch Up {pt. 2}

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Is August seriously over already?  How did that happen?  Guess it’s time to do a quick recap of the month.  Thankfully I was feeling much better and we were able to do a few fun things. It seems that no … Continue reading

Time To Catch Up

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As I mentioned yesterday, it has been awhile since I have posted on the blog.  So I figured I should let you guys know what has been going on around here over the last two months. JUNE Father’s Day:  I … Continue reading