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Reusable snack bags

It was the perfect kind of evening. The kids were in bed, I had some fab music playing, and I got to spend some quality time with my sewing machine making these reusable snack bags. They only took me about an hour to make, and now I can buy a few less plastic baggies and send something soft and handmade to school in my son's lunch kit. When they're dirty they just pop in the laundry and can be used again and again.

I looked at a few reusable snack bag sewing tutorials online and decided to go with the one by Cotton Bottom Mama. It's incredibly simple to make - even for a beginner sewer - and doesn't have any fasteners of any kind. It's a basic lined pouch, which can be made in any size, with a flap that folds over to keep your snacks tucked happily inside until ready to nibble on. I used excess beige fabric trimmed from the bottom of some IKEA curtains and solid cotton fabrics to give the lining a pop of colour.

If you can sew a straight line, you can make these snack bags. It would be a fun group craft project too. Honestly, making these is kind of addictive! They're so quick and you can play with different fabric choices - new or recycled. Plus, they're totally practical and useful. I love that kind of project.

I love these. They make me smile.

What reusable food packaging do you like to use? I'm new to the packed school lunch thing, so leave a comment and tell me about your fave lunch kit products!