Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Make It - Fruity Snack Pouches

First off, I'd like to say thank you to Silhouette America for sponsoring this post and providing me with the supplies I used to make these pouches as well as compensating me for my time and crafting abilities! I have been a fan of Silhouette and their vinyl cutters since my BFF got one several years ago and am so excited to try out their new Mint machine. All ideas and opinions expressed in this post are mine alone.
 
The day has finally come and I am headed out to Salt Lake City in just a few short hours for the SNAP conference! Of course I still have several things to finish packing (I am a last minute kinda gal), but one thing that I have ready to go are a few adorable travel snack pouches. With my busy days, there are often times that I forget to eat or just grab random things I find in the pantry. Not a great solution. To help my eating habits when I have no time to think, I decided to create a few fruity snack pouches filled with healthy, protein rich snacks that I can just grab and go. And they are going to be just perfect for my trip!

Custom DIY fruit stamped snack pouches for easy snacking on the go

Custom DIY fruit stamped snack pouches for easy snacking on the go

Aren't they just perfect? And this pineapple pouch will be able to do double duty and work as my bag for the Palm Springs pool party that is happening at SNAP on Friday night! While I sewed these pouches, don't worry if you don't have the sewing skills to make your own zip pouches, because I have a solution for you!

The Supplies:
Whether you will be making your own pouch or not, you will begin the same way, by making your stamps. I used images of a pineapple and watermelon slice. You can save these here:

 Once you have these saved to your computer, open the Mint program and import the images. Size them as desired for the 45mm by 45mm stamp and then select Silhouette => send to Mint. Then simply load in your stamp from the back and the machine will do all the work.

Custom DIY fruit stamped snack pouches for easy snacking on the go

Custom DIY fruit stamped snack pouches for easy snacking on the go

Now that you have your stamps made, peel them off of the paper card and mount them to your stamp base.


As you can see, I used one large stamp pad (because I ran out of the smaller stamps) and made three images on one, which actually made it super difficult to use, but I ended up wrapping the portion of the stamp that I wasn't using in plastic wrap and that seemed to work okay. Anyway, once you have your stamp, load the ink onto the stamp by tracing around the image using the different colors. This is where the Mint stamps are so much better than traditional stamps. You can actually use as many colors as you wish in your stamp instead of having to have the entire stamp be one color. How cool is that?! So for my watermelon I put green ink on the rind and pink on the center fruit part.

Let the ink sit for 5 minutes to absorb and then stamp off the extra ink until the image is clear.

Custom DIY fruit stamped snack pouches for easy snacking on the go

Once your stamp is cleaned of the extra ink, go ahead and stamp your fabric or pre-made pouch in whatever pattern you want. You could even make a mixed fruit bag if you wanted!

I found that each type of fabric absorbed the ink a little differently. On the thick canvas, I could only get 3-4 stamps before I needed to add more ink, but the images where very crisp. On the cotton twill that I used, I could get about 8-10 stamps before I needed more ink, but ink ran a bit and made the small details blurry. So know that each fabric works a little different with the ink and stamp. So feel free to experiment with different types if you are making your own pouch.
 Custom DIY fruit stamped snack pouches for easy snacking on the go

Once your ink has dried overnight, you can use washable fabric glue to glue on the pom pom trim of your pre-made pouch, or go ahead and sew up your zippered pouch if you are making your own. Here is a little tutorial to get you started if you want to try to sew your own.

Now go ahead and fill your fruity snack pouches with all your favorite snacks like granola bars, snack bars, dried fruit, nuts, string cheese, and the like.

Custom DIY fruit stamped snack pouches for easy snacking on the go

 Aren't these just perfect for a quick snack on the go? And seriously how adorable are those fruit stamps? I know that I will find tons more uses for them!

Custom DIY fruit stamped snack pouches for easy snacking on the go

Custom DIY fruit stamped snack pouches for easy snacking on the go



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