Since I have began using reusable sandwich and snack bags, I have seen a drastic reduction in the number of plastic baggies I am buying. I have received numerous compliments from friends about the use of reusable snack bags. I thought it would be wonderful idea to find a pattern to make these reusable bags. That way, I can stock up on as many as I need in my household. Plus, I can make them as gifts for family and friends. I began my search for a reusable bag pattern, and came across one that I loved at Fun 2 Be Green.
Sabrina is the wonderful lady behind Fun 2 Be Green. She is a self taught seamstress. Before I tell you all about my experience with Sabrina’s reusable sandwich bag pattern, I’d like for you to get to know her a bit better. I am pleased to introduce Sabrina of Fun 2 Be Green!
Name and Location: Sabrina from Orlando, FL
What inspired you to open your etsy shop? I have always had a love for arts and crafts. I finished my Master’s degree last May and made a personal commitment to myself to do everything I could to squeeze out even just a little bit of extra money to put a dent in my student loans. I figured I’d combine my passion for crafting with my devotion to not be broke forever
Apart from creating things, what do you like to do? As I try to think up a list mostly crafty things pop into my head, but I also love to visit my family as frequently as possible, like any girly girl I’m quite the shopaholic and I always appreciate a relaxing day at home with my dog and boyfriend.
Is there any craft you don’t know how to do but wish you did? I wish I could do all things crafty! I wish I was good at photography, painting and jewelry making.
What is your greatest accomplishment is life this far? Probably earning my Master’s degree.
Besides making reusable snack bags, what does your family do to be green? I try to be green in the most simple ways so that it can be more of a lifestyle than a project. I’m a bit of a clean freak so I use green cleaning products since it’s something I use on an almost daily basis. I also use fluorescent light bulbs, re-cycle just about anything that can be recycled, utilize re-usable grocery bags and have gotten very good at being energy conscious!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still crafting and hopefully having started a family by then.
Where would you most like to travel to? My favorite places to travel to are NJ and Las Vegas to see my family but the place I’d most like to see that I’ve never been to before is Greece.
What is your favorite children’s book? Oh the Places You’ll Go
Anyone or anything else you’d like to tell us about? Being green is rewarding and being crafty is always fun
I was thrilled when Sabrina agreed to send me her pattern to review here at Wee Share. The pattern is in a pdf format and is easily sent right to your email. The pattern prints out of regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, so you will have no problem printing it out. The pattern requires Adobe Acrobat reader for viewing. If you don’t already have this program, it can be downloaded for free at the Adobe website.
Sabrina quickly emailed me the pattern and I was very anxious to get started on it. The first thing I did was read through the entire pattern. I highly recommend doing this before starting any new sewing pattern. The directions are very clear and laid out in a step-by-step process. Each step contains a photograph to demonstrate visually what you will be doing. Additionally, through trial and error testing, Sabrina has determined which materials are best suited to create reusable snack bags. She included a list of those materials in the pattern.
One of my favorite parts of the pattern is that it includes an actual pattern piece. It is easy to just print out the pattern and pin it to my fabric. However, if you prefer to use a rotary cutter, Sabrina also included the measurements for the fabric pieces so you can create them without her pattern piece.
The first thing I did was cut out my pattern pieces. I used two types of fabric. Sabrina gives the option of adding a 3rd type to make your bag less flimsy and more waterproof. I decided that I wanted a flimsier bag, so that is why I only went with the two layers. I then proceeded to follow the steps to add sew on velcro and create my reusable sandwich bag.
Throughout the entire process, I was never unclear as to what I should be doing. Sabrina makes it easy for sewers who are just starting out or for ones who are more experienced to create their own reusable bags. I do appreciate that if I did have any questions, Sabrina is only an email away! I also really like that I have choices in the design process. Sabrina offers two options for finishing the bag- exposed seams using a top-stitch around the edges, or seams that are hidden inside the bag.
After creating my sandwich bag, I had the opportunity to try it out. There are several things I love about the design of Sabrina’s reusable sandwich bag. I really like that there is a flap that folds over the top of the bag. This design places the velcro on the outside of the bag as opposed to the inside. This is wonderful because I have seen that crumbs often get caught in the velcro when it is placed on the inside. I also appreciate the ease with which you can clean your creations- just turn inside out and wipe clean after each use. If the outer fabric gets dirty, all you have to do is throw them in the wash. Additionally, it is not hard to fit a sandwich into this bag. I don’t have to squish my sandwich to make it fit. It slides in easily!
I have thoroughly enjoyed creating my reusable sandwich bag from the pattern available at Fun 2 Be Green. In fact, I already have several more bags cut out and waiting to be sewn together. A few friends have also asked me to make some for them. Not only am I having a great time creating custom bags, but I am helping the environment by not using as many plastic baggies. I think that is a wonderful combination!
I am pleased to tell you that one of you is going to have the opportunity to try out Sabrina’s reusable sandwich bag pattern as well! Sabrina has agreed to give one lucky Wee Share reader a pdf copy of her reusable sandwich pattern from Fun 2 Be Green. Thank you, Sabrina!
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Mandatory Entry (MUST be done before any extra entries will qualify)- Go to the Fun 2 Be Green Etsy Shop. Tell me which of Sabrina’s patterns you would like to try the most (feel free to also mark the pattern as a favorite on etsy!). ALSO, tell me who you would make sandwich bags for if you won the pattern.
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– 1 extra entry- tweet about this giveaway (may be done daily) You can use this tweet: Go Green with @WeeShare! Win a reusable sandwich bag pattern from Fun 2 Be Green & sew reusable bags for everyone http://tinyurl.com/ycoq8dt
– 2 extra entries- Blog about this giveaway and provide a link back to the giveaway (please include web address of blog in your comment)
– 2 extra entries- add my button to your blog. Let me know where I can find it!
– 10 extra entries- Make a purchase from Fun 2 Be Green. Make sure to let Sabrina know that you found he at Wee Share. Let me know what you bought!
Giveaway will end at 11:59 EST on February 19, 2010. Open WORLDWIDE- everyone can enter! Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.