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Sarah’s Snack Envelopes

Sew this quick and versatile envelope-style snack pouch. It makes the perfect storage for sandwiches or treats, and folds out to be a portable placemat.

| August 2019


My sister, Sarah, is the real sewing dynamo in our family (she can make anything from costumes to baby clothes like a pro). When I decided to include sewing projects in this book, I really hoped that Sarah would share a pattern. I knew whatever she came up with would be special and she did not disappoint! This clever snack holder doubles as a placemat, granting both you and baby the freedom to snack whenever and wherever you happen to be. As someone whose child has inherited the “hangry” gene, I find that feature extremely attractive! The following is from Sarah:

This cute envelope-style pouch is a quick sew and a handy accessory in any mama’s bag! With an inner pocket and adjustable hook-and-loop closures, you can store treats galore inside. Open just the top flap to store snacks, or unfold the entire piece to reveal a handy mat (a nice bonus when you’re out and about). My favorite part of this pouch is that it’s sized generously enough to fit a sandwich — extending its usefulness past the land of puffs and cookies.

If you’re looking for water resistance, you can certainly substitute fabric, but please be sure that it is food safe. Oil cloth, for example, is waterproof and comes in very appealing prints, but is not food safe. Waxed canvas (no lining would be necessary) or Eco-PUL (used as a lining with a cotton woven outer) are both food-safe, water-resistant options.

Materials + Tools

  • 1/2 yard (46cm) cotton canvas, main color
  • 1/2 yard (46cm) cotton canvas, contrasting color
  • 5 sets 3/4-in. (20mm) sew- on round hook-and-loop closures (3 sets plus 2 additional hook closures)
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors or a rotary cutter with mat
  • Pins
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Sewing machine



Note: The seam allowance for this project is 3/8-inch (9.5mm) unless otherwise noted.

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