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Muslin Snack Bags

By: Marica Thompson for MountainSketch.Blogspot

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These little muslin snack bags are the perfect size for all your snacking needs and perfectly environmentally friendly saving all those plastic bags! Follow these instructions for sewing your own snack bags for everyday use.

Muslin Snack Bags


  • Muslin fabric
  • Embroidery floss



  1. To make one cut out a 5” X 12” piece of muslin fabric.
  2. Fold the end of the fabric a 1/2”down on one of the 5” sides and hem leaving the ends open. Repeat on the opposite end.
  3. Fold the cloth in half so the hemmed ends meet (stitching side out)
  4. Sew around the edges first with a running stitch, than with the zigzag stitch.
  5. Slip a 16” length of embroidery floss through the shaft to work as a drawstring and tie a knot.
  6. Leave the stitching on the outside so food doesn’t get caught in the thread.
  7. Fill the bag with yummy snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, pretzels


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I want many of these so I can stop using the plastic bags and throwing them away and adding to the trash on our earth. I was just trying the other day to figure out something else to use and these muslin snack bags are so perfect. I like that you can wash them and reuse them over and over again. What a great idea.And will save money not to have to keep buying the plastic ones for school too. Can you use them for school lunches too or will they ruin the sandwich? What about using the clear vinyl will that make the food harmful?

Do you not sew all the way to the top, stopping at the hemed edge so you can put the floss though?? Am i right? Help

I'm making a bunch of muslin snack bags to hold our lunches. We're headed to the Renaissance Faire this weekend. We'll look as tho our lunch was made 300 yrs ago. We always take breads, cheese and fruit in a fabric lined basket. My daughter will be thrilled! What Fun... Thanks so much.

Wouldn't this look great on the old feedsack bags? Just love it!

My grandmother (1920-2008) told me her mom made bags like this for the kids to take their lunches in. And my mom (1944-2004) told me that my aunt and grandmother had made these same sacks for her to put her "Jacks" (and other small toys) in when she was growing up. Now I've made them with printed fabrics to tote "snacks" or lunch or whatever I need to get from point A to point B that I wouldn't need a big purse to carry. Thanks for the reminders on how things get passed down from generation to generation.

I sew bags for everything. Toy bags for each gift I give my grandchildren. that way they have a place to put them away and prevents losing small pieces. Make a pj. bag each time I make a pair of pj's for them also include a coordinating new pillow case to include in the bag.

My mother (1915-2007) told me that when she was little her mother kept a bag filled with teacakes so there was always a snack for the kids to have. This brought that memory to mind. Thanks -- Sherry in Georgia


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