On the Third Day of Finchmas, the Finchettes gave to me...Finchy Snack Bags!
The Finchettes are not only makers, we are mothers too. When a few bolts of Cloud 9's laminated cotton arrived, we jumped for joy. Alligators, umbrellas, and doggies...so many cuties! One of the first things we did was make snack bags with the laminated goodness. And don't you think these would be awesome at holding those quintessential gold coins Santa brings to every little's stocking?
What makes these snack bags so great is that they are easy to make, especially with when you use a BERNINA serger, but of course you can use any machine to make these. It took mere minutes to make just one. So, without further ado...a Finchy Snack Bag Tutorial!
Finchy Snack Bag Tutorial
Snap Setting Tool
Merchant and Mills Bodkin
1/3 yard of laminated cotton
First: Determine the snack bag size you want to make then cut your fabric accordingly. We chose to cut a 20inch by 16inch piece to accommodate a very meaty sandwich. If you want to fussy cut to match your fabric, we recommend cutting a longer length.
Before you begin sergering, we recommend adjusting the stitch length on your serger. You will want to make the stitch narrower. Not only will it make your snack bag decorative, it will make the edges more secure. Also, we recommend adjusting the tension to make it just a notch looser. This will prevent the fabric from bubbling.
Now it is time to serge those edges! Serge the top and bottom parts of your piece of fabric, width wise. DO NOT cut the leftover thread from the serged edges, we will need to tuck those into the edges later.
After you finish serging the top and bottom, it is time to prepare the bag to serge the sides. Please note that by using pins during this step, they will make punctures in your fabric. Cloverclips are the perfect alternative to pins for this project.
With wrong sides together, fold the bottom of your fabric up first and then clip with your Cloverclips. The bottom of your fabric should fold up more than the top will fold down. This accommodate snacks and for the top of the fabric to become a closure once the snaps are set in place.
Don't fold the top down just yet...
With your bottom piece folded up, wrong sides together, begin to serge lengthwise on both sides of the snack bag. As you approach a Cloverclip, carefully remove said clip. DO NOT serge over a Cloverclip.
Can you see how the bag is coming together? So fun, am I right?? We are almost done with this tutorial, but first we have to set those snaps! You can use brass snaps or whatever you have on hand, but we recommend The Snap Setter seen in the picture on the left. It has all you need for installing the snaps, including the snaps themselves. And yes, we do stock this in our store. Go ahead and carefully open your package. I say carefully because you do not want an explosion of snaps (been there, done that).
Fold the top part of your bag down, wrong sides facing together. Measure from both corners a square inch, mark with a dot. Finally, install snaps per manufacturers directions on the right side of the fabric. The snaps will hide your markings.
Remember those loose threads I told you not to snip? It is time to take care of those. Pat yourself on the back too, you had willpower my friend for refusing to cut them. Thread your bodkin with the serged thread attached to your bag. Then gently pull the bodkin through a serged edge. This step is crucial because it will prevent your edges from coming unraveled. Do this for your remaining loose threads. Then...
Happy dance! You are done :) We made a smaller snack bag too so you can get those creative juices flowing. Truth be told, we use our snack bags more than our kids do. We kinda "borrowed" them from our kids to use in our lunches.
If you do not have a serger, we recommend using the 2A overlock foot for this project. Use the overlocker stitch you see selected in the photo to the right.
Sergers, especially the our the new b450 and b460 are wonderful machines to add to your BERNINA fleet. When it comes to finishing the inside of your garments, sewing curtains, or sewing simple snack bags, a BERNINA serger will get you where you need to go with fast results. If you are interested in learning more about sergers or want to test drive one, let us know by filling out the form below. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and we want to see what you make! Tag us on Instagram @finchknittingsewingstudio with #finchysnackbags to show us.
Now is probably a great time to tell you that our sergers will be 25% off coming up in just a couple weeks!! If you want one for Christmas, please let us know as soon as possible so our elves can get them here in time!
Also, don't forget, Feet and Accessories are on sale and 60 month 0% Financing continues through this week!
That is all for now! We hope to see you soon.
- the Finchettes