I am going to start off saying, I love these. I have made many in a the last year. As my obsession with laminate grew, so did my need to apply it to EVERYTHING in my daily life. From my personal carry-alls, to our daily snacks. I find that they are easier for the kids to hold in the car and with our constant driving, this is helpful in the battle against the dirty car problem. I decided this time to take some photos and explain my process. I am also going to offer up 2 bags for free as a giveaway. Leave a comment, and your email, and I will close it next week ( 8-17-11).
Let’s get started…
I use one piece of PUL, and 1 piece of laminate. Some companies are calling it “coated cotton” (Moda), others are sticking with the laminate, and some are considering it oilcloth, although there is a difference. The softer and more pliable laminates are coming from Westminster mostly. You can find these all over the place. Usually your local quilt store has at least one design. Online the best all over resource is Etsy. Here, Here and Here are some of my favorites… I have 5 laminates for sale there from the Echino/Kokka line. It is a coated cotton canvas. Not Oilcloth, but more rigid than the softer coated quilting cottons. I am open to selling half yards as well as the yards listed, don’t be afraid to ask! You can also find PUL (polyurethane laminate) all over Etsy. It is most commonly used in cloth diaper covers. It has a more sterile quality, by not absorbing the smell or staining, hence the use in diapering. You can find basic colors at JoAnns also, but I don’t think Hancock or Walmart sell it ( of the top cheap chains).
The dimensions for the sandwich size are: 8 1/2″ x 18″ I cut one each of the PUL and the Laminate. if you want to put a label on it, determine where you want your label. I put mine on the envelope flap. Sew down your label first. You could also sandwich a folded label between the layers, but it escapes me how to explain this. I put the right sides together of the PUL and the laminate and sew both long sides down and one short side.
Then I turn them right side out.
I fold the hem on the last short side and when I do this I use a tiny loop of elastic cord. If you don’t have elastic cord use a smaller width elastic.
I top stitch this side, and the other short side. I then fold and pin the envelope how I want it and top stitch the sides down. I hand stitch a button onto the outside
The two I am giving away are undecided in pattern of the 10 I made. There are some claims by friends to a few of them, so I will try to post it later, but it is at my discretion. I would love to hand these out as a way to improve the cubicle and save the world of too many ziplocs, but they are not the cheapest investment. Well worth it in the end though! Leave a comment, and I will pick a winner next week!