Friday, August 30, 2013

Playing with PUL

Today Rebecca of Our Busy Little Bunch is sharing an easy tutorial using Mystic Forest PUL (55% Polyester Knit / 45% Polyurethane Laminate). We love this fabric--it's a waterproof knit--and we love having a tutorial to share with you using it. This type of fabric is popping up in your local quilt shop, but not everyone knows what to use it for. Rebecca's sandwich and snack bag tutorial is a great project to get you started!

Sandwich and Snack Bags Tutorial

Hi, it's Rebecca! Today I have a quick tutorial for reusable sandwich and snack bags.  The fabric used is PUL (waterproof knit) from the Mystic Forest line.  They have a selection of polka-dots to choose from:

 You will need:
  • PUL fabric - It's 56" wide, so 1/2 yard will make four sandwich bags (make sure fabric is prewashed - wash with cold or warm water, and tumble dry on low or hang to dry).
  • 1/2" or 3/4" sew-on velcro (not the fusible kind) - 6" piece for each sandwich bag, and 3" piece for each snack bag.

First, cut your fabric: 
- for sandwich bags, cut 8" x 28"
- for snack bags, cut 5.5" x 26"

The pattern is the same for both sandwich and snack bags--they're just sized slightly differently. Fold fabric in half, short ends matching, wrong sides together.  Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew each long edge (using a walking foot on your sewing machine makes sewing with PUL a breeze).  

Turn right-side out and push out corners (I found assembly line worked best for this).

Using a pressing cloth or scrap piece of cotton, lightly iron the two long edges.  They will not go completely flat, but it will make a big difference.

Fold in unsewn short edge of bag about a half inch, and lightly press that with a pressing cloth as well.

Topstitch this short end closed, close to edge.

Sew hook (sticky) side of velcro next to topstitched edge, centered.  Sew loop side of velcro on opposite side of bag close to other top edge.

Fold bag so that you can see both pieces of velcro, positioning bottom edge 1.5" below top edge (as shown).  Topstitch sides of bag close to edge so it forms a pouch.

You're done!  These are wipeable, machine washable, and will look great in your lunchbox!

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  1. How cool! Love these. Thinking they would make nice little make-up travel bags, too.

  2. those are sooo cute! I love the idea of sandwich bags, thanks for the tutorial

  3. I would enjoy trying out this fabric. Thanks.

  4. What great snack bags (and not just for kids!!!) Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Where can I find the PUL fabric?

  6. Where can I find the PUL fabric?