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« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2009 08:49:45 PM »

Thanks for all the kind words and the information about the vinyl!  I'm not sure this is a vinyl, it's a vinyl-like material, but I am calling into the store to ask tomorrow.  Smiley  As for the tutorial, I used the very easy to follow tutorial by e.r.i.k.a. here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0 

I'm glad you guys enjoy them!  I've actually made a whole bunch more today and am just waiting on more zippers, lol.  I'm debating putting some lace trim on them--do you guys think it will be too much for a sandwich bag?  I want them to be something cute, something that makes you happy when you use it, but it also should be easy to care for and lace (I'm thinking something like eyelet lace) would tend to get dirty.  Thoughts?
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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2009 03:47:50 PM »

Sorry I'm commenting so much on my own topic, lol, but I did some research about vinyls and PULs and it appears that actually both have problems.  Vinyl has the serious off-gassing problem (thank you for bringing that to my attention!) and apparently PULs have this problem:  polyester slowly emits phytoestrogens, which are endocrine disruptors, or compounds similar to estrogen, which can promote certain types of cancer.  Which is disturbing.  I have looked around a LOT and cannot find another good alternative, however.  I briefly entertained the idea of making my own oilcloth, but besides the long amount of time it appears it will take (something that I could deal with, if I wanted to) it also seems to be somewhat tacky, especially when hot, which does not seem ideal for something that will be holding food.  I read one article that made the good point that we are surrounded by various chemicals all the time now, and avoiding one little source probably won't help a ton.  I think I will switch over to using PULs as the lesser of the evils, unless anyone has any better ideas?  I've looked for something organic but can't find anything.  Anyone know anything?
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« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2009 04:09:24 PM »

I had the same problem when I made some snack bags and sandwich wraps for my daughters to use for school.  I opted for rip-stop nylon as the interior fabric and a cotton on the outside.  I haven't heard anything negative about the use of nylon (yet) so all is well.  The nylon is water-resistant, not water-proof, so we have stuck with mostly dry items.  They wash and line dry very well!

I love the idea of zippers.  I used velcro and the crumbs in the loops drive me nuts!!!!!!!
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« Reply #23 on: July 15, 2009 12:19:29 AM »

Wow, I love those!
I never had the idea to make something like that, but that is actually fantastic Smiley
I think I need some too Smiley

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« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2009 12:41:39 PM »

i think im gonna make my mom a few of these :]  i have an old raincoat to dismantle anyways. lol well, a poncho thing. ew :]
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« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2009 02:54:39 PM »

these seem way too cute for sandwiches! i would take them out!
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« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2009 09:38:38 PM »

lovely fabrics..

I am just getting into these and I DONT sew..

maybe this will prompt me to Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2009 10:27:47 AM »

These totally look like chic wristlets, but -surprise- there are frest tasty snacks inside. These are the cutest reusable food bags I've ever seen! LOVE the first one with the bow.
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« Reply #28 on: September 26, 2009 05:38:16 PM »

Maybe try using freezer bags? since theyre probably more food safe than vinyl or PUL and plus theyre thicker than normal zip lock bags Cheesy The only down side is that you dont get the cute pink colour of the viny Wink
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« Reply #29 on: September 27, 2009 02:38:30 AM »

haha, funny you should mention it--i actually did try using ziplock bags, and they worked all right, but they looked cheap and i was worried that with a lot of use they would tear at the seams.  i haven't experimented around with a whole range of types of bags, but it would definitely be worth trying if there are any other leads.  Smiley
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