Turn an Oreo Cookie Bag into a durable bag  you can use all year round with this easy step-by-step tutorial!  These are fun bags for the kids to pack in their lunches or use to hold their school supplies.  They are made durable by using clear iron-on vinyl and since they are cookie bags they are food safe! 

I was excited when I came across this idea.  Using iron on vinyl I knew the options were endless of what you could do with leftover food safe bags.

So, with all the Oreo love going around, I thought it would be fun to recycle the bags into something we can use all year round.  I thought they would be fun for the kids to keep their school supplies in or put in their lunch boxes.  Don’t you think it would make a great conversation piece? I mean, how many kids have recycled Oreo baggies?!!

To make them durable for sewing you will need clear iron-on vinyl. Make sure you get clear since it comes in many different colors.  I found some at Walmart on a bolt and at Hobby Lobby. Check your local fabric store, craft store, and Walmart. If you can’t find it anywhere you can order it online. Just do a Google search for clear iron on vinyl and several options will come up.

Here’s the step-by-step tutorial on how to make them. They are super easy!

What you will need:

1 Oreo cookie bag

CLEAR Iron-on vinyl

7″ zipper


Matching thread

What is clear iron-on vinyl?

The first thing you need to do is cut out your bag and wipe down the inside getting rid of any leftover cookie crumbs.

Now cut out two pieces of iron on vinyl the same size at the bag pieces.

The iron on vinyl tells you how to apply it to your bag.

Peel off the clear vinyl from the paper.  Lay the sticky side on the right side of the bag.

Then place the paper you just peeled off on top, and using a warm iron, iron over the paper to seal the vinyl.

Now you have a durable bag you can sew.

Your going to sew it just like you would as if you were making a regular zipper bag.

{You can also line the inside with fabric if you wish.  Cut out 2 piece of fabric the same size as your bag and place the wrong side to the wrong side of your bag.}

Placing your bag face up, line up the zipper to the edge of the bag. Making sure you place the zipper face down.

You can pin it in place close to the edge as you can get so the pin wholes will not show.

BUT, Wonder Clips, paper clips or bobby pins are preferred!

Sew in place.

Next, line up the other edge of the zipper to the other bag piece.

So that the right side of the bag is facing the right side of the zipper, as shown.

Sew in place.

It should look like this when you are finished.  
Next, fold together with wrong sides facing each other. Line up the edges and sew around all three sides.

Sew right over the zipper, a few times for reinforcement! You will cut off the ends afterwards.

Make sure your leave the zipper open for turning right side out when you are done.

 Leave the zipper open when sewing up the sides!

Afterwards, snip the corners.
And cut off the ends of the zipper.

Now turn it right side out {gently} and {gently} poke out the corners.
Now you have yourself the most adorable cookie zipper bag!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while sewing:
Be sure you use long stitches rather than short stitches when sewing.  If your stitches are too short it will be like a perforation and your  bag will rip when you are turning it right side out. Trust me, I know! haha.
Use a quality thread for more durability.
Using Wonder Clips, paper clips or bobby pins is preferred for holding it in place.
You can put gift wrapping tissue paper inbetween the presser foot and bag to avoid sticking, or just help it along by gently pulling it. OR you can try this little trick! Put scotch tape on your foot, except the little small area where your needle goes. I heard that works, too.