Below is a run down of the materials, measurements and instructions for creating the Snap Tab Snack Bag. For a more thorough instructional, make sure to check out this video walking you through each step. This printout should help you after you’ve made one or two using the video.
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- Contrast Material : Fat Quarter (I suggest lightweight vinyl or cotton canvas)
- Exterior Main Material : Fat Quarter (I suggest cotton woven)
- Lining : Fat Quarter (I’m using PUL fabric)
- Woven Interfacing (Pellon SF1010) for cotton woven material (except zipper tab)
- 7.5” Zipper
- ½” D-Ring (optional)
- Vinyl Tab (I’m using embroidered tabs designed by Creations By Connie. Finished tabs can be purchased on ShopOklaRoots).
- Slip pocket
- Exterior (vinyl) 8.5” x 4.75”
- Lining (woven) 8.5” x 4.75"
- Exterior Front (woven) 8.5” x 6”
- Bottom (vinyl) 8.5” x 4.75”
- Top (cotton woven) 8.5” x 2”
- 2 PUL or woven 8.5” x 6”
- 6” long, premade
Vinyl 2” x ½”
4” x 2” woven for zipper tabs
Snap set (magnetic or plastic)
***If making your own snap tab, end result should be 1” x 6”. You can cut two pieces of vinyl or cork at this size, glue them wrong sides together and top stitch around all the edges.
Sew slip pocket pieces, RST, ⅜” seam allowance.
Flip back, WST, top stitch at ⅛”
Install female snap on slip pocket, vinyl side. 1.25” - 2” down from top edge, depending if you want the pouch to be smushed. Attach male snap to snap tab as well.
Baste slip pocket to front exterior panel.
Baste stitch tab to back vinyl bottom, centered.
Sew top and bottom back panels at ⅜” seam allowance.
Flip seam behind bottom panel, top stitch at ⅛” seam allowance.
Double fold and stitch zipper tabs to ends of zipper.
Find midpoint of zipper and top of both exteriors.
Baste zipper RST to top of front panel, lining up on center marks.
Sew lining to front panel and zipper, ⅜” seam allowance.
Flip lining and exterior wrong sides together, press by zipper and top stitch only along the zipper tape at ⅛” seam allowance (don’t top stitch all the way to the edges).
Repeat this for the back panel and lining (refer to the video to see the full process).
Baste strap connector to the front panel. I like to put it ½” down from the top edge of the pocket.
Unzip zipper just more than half the way.
Lay exterior panels right sides together, lining up back seam and the top of the pocket first, then the top seams by the zipper, then align the bottom raw edge and corners. Lay the lining pieces right sides together as well.
Mark a 3-4” opening centered on the bottom of the lining panels.
Sew around the unit, started at one of the marks on the lining, at a ⅜” seam allowance. A zipper foot will allow you to get close to the zipper tabs. Stop at the other marking on the lining, leaving that 3-4” marked space unsewn. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end.
Go over the vinyl portion a second time, stitching just outside the first stitches.
Mark 4 rectangles on the corners, 2 on the exterior and 2 on the lining. These should all be ¾” boxes marked from the stitch lines (refer to the video for more details).
Cut those squares.
Pull the corners right sides together, creating a boxed bottom. Clip in place.
Sew the exterior boxed corners at a ⅜” seam allowance (add a second row of stitches if the materials is thick). To prevent a saggy lining, sew the lining boxed corners at a ½” seam allowance.
Flip the bag right sides out. Poke out the corners of the boxed bottom. Pop up the zipper tabs. Top stitch closed the hole in the lining using a ⅛” seam allowance.