this idea is from a friend of mine. she makes these all the time! I asked her if I could write a tutorial using my own method with her idea. she said, go ahead, and so I am…
Turn a cereal bag, into a pretty zippered snack bag!
I love a pretty recycled bag. I love a pretty reusable bag. here’s two in one!
supplies: cereal bag
the measurements for each are at your discretion. cut your cereal bag into one piece that is double the length of what you want your finished bag to be. do the same with the fabric. we don’t want a seam on the bottom interior. this will help with durability.
key point: lengthen your stitch to a 3 or 3.5, do not back stitch more than once or twice. the plastic bag will rip along the perforation on the seam if there is too much back and forth.
you can’t see it, but the fabric is right side up, the zipper is teeth down, then the top of this sandwich is the cereal bag. i thought I would take the opportunity to show you how I do zippers again. I am super lazy, so I don’t switch to a zipper foot. I have a stitch setting that puts the needle to the left. I can adjust how close it gets to the side of the foot on the display.
I flip the fabrics to the right side and top stitch them down to keep them out of the zipper teeth.
I go down as close as I can. stop with the needle DOWN. I lift the foot all the way up and unzip (or zip depending on direction)
repeat on the other side. at this point you are going to have 2 open short ends and you are attaching the second long side to the zipper. after the interior zipper seam is done, you have to flip the bag right side out through one of the shorter ends to do the top stitching. This takes a little work because you can’t unzip the zipper to lay it flat. it isn’t any different than other “tight” spot stitching, just take your time.
after you get the top stitching done, flip the bag inside out again. Leave your zipper about half way open so you have a way to flip it right side out again. flatten it out. I position the zipper just a little low on one side, instead of the top. you are going to sew down both side seams. you can sew through plastic zipper teeth, and this will stop the zipper pull from going all the way off.