How to make a lunch bag

How to make a lunch bag

It’s nearly back to school season already! So, whether you have kiddos at home or are just looking for an excuse for a new lunch bag, I have you covered with a DIY canvas and leather version that works for adults and kids.

They’re sewn from hand painted water-resistant canvas, so you can mess with the dimensions, designs, etc to get it just right for you (or your kid). Here’s how to make your own!

How to make a lunch bag

How to make a lunch bag

What You’ll Need to Make a Canvas Lunch Bag for Back to School

  • medium to heavyweight canvas (11.5 in x 29 in makes one lunch bag)
  • fabric paint and paint brush (if creating your own design)
  • fabric wax sealant – optional (I use Otter Wax, which you can get on Amazon)
  • leather strap or scrap (see dimensions needed in step 7)
  • gold button and screw back
  • leather / fabric hole punch
  • measuring tape and marking chalk
  • sewing machine

How to Make a Canvas Lunch Bag for Back to School

1. Start by measuring and cutting a 11.5 in x 29 in piece of canvas. If you’re painting your own design on the canvas or dyeing the canvas a solid color, now is the time to complete that process.

You can use fabric paint, a little water to thin out the paint if desired, and a paint brush. OR you can dye the entire piece of canvas using this technique: how to dye natural fibers. Wait for it to completely dry before moving onto the next step.

2. Once cut, fold the canvas in half and pin, as shown in photo.

3. Next, fold the top edges down 1/2 inch and sew a straight line (1/4 inch from the edge). Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side.

4. Then sew a straight line on both sides (1/4 inch from the edge), leaving the top open. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side.

5. Next, match up the bottom corners of the bag to each other (as shown in the photo) and fold, forming a diamond shape. On both corners, mark a line 2 in away from the corner and then draw a horizontal line 4 in across. Sew over the lines and cut off the corners, leaving a 1/2 in edge.

6. Turn the bag right side out and press out all four corners. Then, form the bag into a lunch bag shape and iron all four vertical creases from the bottom corner to the top of the bag. Also, iron a horizontal crease from each corner on the bottom allowing the bag to stand on its own.

8. Next, attach the button, screw back, and 1/2 inch square piece of leather you just cut, 4 inches down from the top of the bag (on the front). You’ll have to use a hole punch for all the pieces. See photo for how assembly should look.

9. Then, sew one side of the leather strip to the back of the lunch bag and punch a hole toward the bottom of the loose end. You should now be able to roll the top of the lunch bag down and close it by hooking the other side of the leather onto the button closure.

How to make a lunch bag

Making it water resistant! If desired, you can finish the lunch bag off by making it water resistant with a fabric wax sealant, like this one. Just follow the instructions on the packaging to cover the canvas in a protective wax layer.

It’s really easy, but does take some time to complete. Depending on the strength of your sewing machine, you may be able to complete the wax step prior to sewing (like at the end of step #1). If not, you can wait until the bag is completed.

How to make a lunch bag

How to make a lunch bag
How to make a lunch bag

What do you think of this back to school project?! Would you ever make your own lunch bag for work?

How to make a lunch bag

I take my lunch to work everyday so I thought I would write this tutorial on how to make a pretty little lunch bag so that you can too. This bag is a simple project but oh so cute. It only requires fabric, interfacing, and some cording and basic sewing skills and you are on your way to completing this pretty little lunch bag. As usual I am working through my stash and found fabrics to use for this project but if you don’t have fabrics in your stash head over to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to find exactly the right fabrics for your project. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

What you will Need:

  • 1/2 yd each of exterior, lining, and interior fabric
  • 1/2 yd interfacing like Pellon 808
  • 1 1/2 yd cording
  • Standard sewing supplies

What you will need lunch bag

Step 1: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Cut the following pieces

  • 9 x 12 1/2″ rectangle from outer fabric x 2
  • 9 x 12 1/2″ rectangle from lining fabric x 2
  • 8 x 12 1/2 rectangle for interior fabric x2
  • 2 1/4″ x 12 1/2″ rim pieces x 4
  • 4″ x 12″ handle pieces x 2
  • 9 x 12 1/2″ rectangle from outer interfacing x 2
  • 4″ x 12″ rectangle of interfacing for handles
  • 2 1/4″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles interfacing x 2
  • Fusible vinyl (optional)

Step 2: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Fuse the interfacing to the outer pieces of the bag. If you are unfamiliar with how to fuse interfacing you can follow the instructions that come with the interfacing or just look at it and you can see that it has a glue side and a non-glue side. Place the glue side to the wrong side of the outer fabric and press on the right side of the fabric with a hot iron. The glue will melt and fuse with the fabric so that the two can be treated as one. You will not need to use interfacing if you use a stronger fabric like canvass. If you would like your interior to be water and spill proof you can choose vinyl fabric or fuse vinyl to your chosen fabric. Either method will work fine.

Step 3: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Sew the two outer pieces together along one of the long ends using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam open. Do the same for the lining pieces.

Step 4: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Fold the bag in half at the seam and sew up the short sides using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 5: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Box the corners so that there is a measurement of 5″ from one side to the other. If you are unfamiliar with boxing corners it is a simple process. Simply match the side seam with the bottom to create a corner. Measure to the 5″ mark and sew across the corner. Do this to both sides and the lining as well. Cut the excess bulk.

Step 6: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Create the handles. Fuse the interfacing to the handle pieces. Fold the handle pieces in half lengthwise and press. Open the and fold the raw edges to the center and press. Fold in half again sealing in the raw edges. Top stitch the long edges.

Step 7: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Measure 4″ from each rim piece end and mark. Center each end of the handles on these marks and pin. Sew close to the edge. You should have two rim pieces with handles.

Step 8: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

With right sides together sew the other rim pieces to the pieces with the handles and press the seams open.

Step 9: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Sew one of the short ends right sides together. Sew the second short edges right sides together. You should have a loop with two handles. Topstitch around the top of the rim.

Step 10: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

For the interior sew the two interior pieces right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving the top 2″ unsewn. Press seams open. Fold the top down 1/4″ and press. Fold again 3/4″ and press again. This will be the casing for the bag. Sew along the folded edge leaving the side seams open so that you have a place to add the cording.

Step 11: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Place the lining bag into the outer bag wrong sides together. Sew very close to the edge. With right sides together sew the rim to the bag close to the edge through all layers.

Step 12: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

With the handles facing downward, place the bag inside the interior fabric circle and line up the bottom raw edges of the interior fabric with the top raw edges of the bag. Sew around the circumference using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Add the interior fabric

Step 13: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Push the interior fabric inside the bag and top stitch along the seam where the rim, exterior and interior fabric meet. This hides the raw edges

Topstitch along the seam

Step 14: How to Make a Pretty Little Lunch Bag

Insert the cording into the casing that you made earlier. This will allow you to pull the interior fabric taut so that you can cover your lunch. You have now completed your pretty little lunch bag. If you would like to make your own reusable sandwich and snack bags to put into your pretty little lunch bag check out my tutorial on how to make them here.

Finished Lunch bag

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How to make a lunch bag

I have loved the Summer. I really have. But at some point, every parent is ready for their kids to go back to school! And while I will miss having these kiddos around for pop-up puppet shows, craft hour, and splash pads – they are ready to get back to their friends and hit the books. As parents, we all have our small way of sending them off with love. A kiss on the cheek, a handmade lunch note, helping them tie their shoes, all of the above. One of the small traditions I have started is giving them each a handmade item to bring with them. Last year it was the backpack with handmade patches, this year its handmade lunch bags.

These insulated lunch bags are easy to make, and perfect for picky eaters (like my kids). With the proper food containers, these bags keep drinks cold – and mac and cheese hot. Made with oilcloth fabric, they can simply get wiped down at the end of each day, and they are clean and ready for the next use!

I love that my kids have the lunch they want. My kids love that it comes in a Mommy-made-with-love bag.

Insulated Lunch Bag DIY

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How to make an insulated lunch bag

  • Skill level:Advanced beginner
  • Time needed: 1 – 2 hours

MATERIALS:

  • 1/2 yd Oilcloth fabric
  • 1/2 yd Ripstop nylon fabric
  • 1/2 yd Needlepunched insulated lining
  • 14” Zipper
  • 1 yd 1” Polyester webbing
  • Coordinating thread
  • Universal regular point sewing needles
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ruler
  • Binder clips
  • Sewing machine

How to make a lunch bag

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEPS:

  1. Cut (1) 24” x 14” of: – Oilcloth (exterior) – Nylon rip stop (lining) – Insul bright
  2. Place the Insul Bright along the wrong side of the oilcloth, matching up all edges. If desired, baste stitch around all side seams using a 1/4” seam allowance to help secure.
  3. Align outer edge of zipper, right sides together with side edge of oilcloth. Place rip stop fabric on top, sandwiching the zipper in between. Clip in place along side edge.
  4. Sew using a zipper foot, getting 1/4” away from the zipper teeth.
  5. Open fabric at seam, showing the zipper in the middle. Bring opposite edge of oilcloth to opposite side of zipper, right sides together. Repeat for rip stop, once again sandwiching the zipper in the middle. Clip in place.
  6. Sew using your zipper foot, getting 1/4” away from the zipper teeth.
  7. Place exterior and lining right sides together, with the zipper in the middle. Clip around side edges, leaving a 5” opening for turning in the lining. Sew and trim seam allowance.
  8. Turn bag right side out through opening in lining. Pin opening in lining closed and sew.
  9. With bag wrong side out, flatten corner edges into triangles, centering the side seam. Clip triangle edges to hold in place. Sew a straight line across bottom of triangle. Repeat for other side. Trim seam allowance and turn bag right side out.
  10. Cut (2) 15” pieces of webbing.
  11. Fold bottom edge of webbing 1/2” towards wrong side.
  12. Find center of purse, and measure out 3” on both sides. Pin folded edge of webbing 2” from top on either side. Repeat for opposite side of bag. Sew around webbing bottom to secure.

And you are finished! Pack with food and enjoy.

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How to make a lunch bag

Do you want to make yourself an insulated lunch box? Where here we have a fabulous DIY Insulated Lunch Bag sewing pattern. And what’s even better it comes with a video tutorial and everything is FREE. You cannot get better than that!

The designer, SewingTimes, says that this lunch bag is perfect for carrying food & drinks to school, work, and day trips. The insulated interior layers help keep your foods cold.

This lunch tote features a zip-top closure and a handle with clip buckle closure that opens nice and wide for easy access.

The FREE YouTube video sewing tutorial that lasts for 13-minutes can be viewed below.

Sizing info:
When you have finished making yourself one of these DIY Insulated Lunch Bags it will measure approximately 9″ (22.5 cm) wide by 6″ (15 cm) high by 4″ (10 cm) deep.

How to make a lunch bag

What you will need to make a DIY Insulated Lunch Bag:-

  • В The outer layer (Waterproof fabric). Two pieces measuring 16½″ (42 cm) by 8½″ (21.5 cm), and one-piece measuring 27½″ &72 cm) by 4½″ (12 cm).
  • The lining (Thermal insulation fabric – we recommend InsulBright). Two pieces measuring 16″ (40 cm) by 8⅛″ (20.5 cm), and one-piece measuring 27″ (70 cm) by 4½″ (12 cm).
  • One 16″ (40 cm) zipper.

How to make a lunch bag

Please note – there is NO SEWING PATTERN DOWNLOAD for this project. You must cut your fabric pieces into rectangles using the measurements given in the video tutorial. We recommend using a clear quilting ruler and rotary cutter for ease and speed.

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How to make a lunch bag

It’s nearly back to school season already! So, whether you have kiddos at home or are just looking for an excuse for a new lunch bag, I have you covered with a DIY canvas and leather version that works for adults and kids.

They’re sewn from hand painted water-resistant canvas, so you can mess with the dimensions, designs, etc to get it just right for you (or your kid). Here’s how to make your own!

How to make a lunch bag

How to make a lunch bag

What You’ll Need to Make a Canvas Lunch Bag for Back to School

  • medium to heavyweight canvas (11.5 in x 29 in makes one lunch bag)
  • fabric paint and paint brush (if creating your own design)
  • fabric wax sealant – optional (I use Otter Wax, which you can get on Amazon)
  • leather strap or scrap (see dimensions needed in step 7)
  • gold button and screw back
  • leather / fabric hole punch
  • measuring tape and marking chalk
  • sewing machine

How to Make a Canvas Lunch Bag for Back to School

1. Start by measuring and cutting a 11.5 in x 29 in piece of canvas. If you’re painting your own design on the canvas or dyeing the canvas a solid color, now is the time to complete that process.

You can use fabric paint, a little water to thin out the paint if desired, and a paint brush. OR you can dye the entire piece of canvas using this technique: how to dye natural fibers. Wait for it to completely dry before moving onto the next step.

2. Once cut, fold the canvas in half and pin, as shown in photo.

3. Next, fold the top edges down 1/2 inch and sew a straight line (1/4 inch from the edge). Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side.

4. Then sew a straight line on both sides (1/4 inch from the edge), leaving the top open. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side.

5. Next, match up the bottom corners of the bag to each other (as shown in the photo) and fold, forming a diamond shape. On both corners, mark a line 2 in away from the corner and then draw a horizontal line 4 in across. Sew over the lines and cut off the corners, leaving a 1/2 in edge.

6. Turn the bag right side out and press out all four corners. Then, form the bag into a lunch bag shape and iron all four vertical creases from the bottom corner to the top of the bag. Also, iron a horizontal crease from each corner on the bottom allowing the bag to stand on its own.

8. Next, attach the button, screw back, and 1/2 inch square piece of leather you just cut, 4 inches down from the top of the bag (on the front). You’ll have to use a hole punch for all the pieces. See photo for how assembly should look.

9. Then, sew one side of the leather strip to the back of the lunch bag and punch a hole toward the bottom of the loose end. You should now be able to roll the top of the lunch bag down and close it by hooking the other side of the leather onto the button closure.

How to make a lunch bag

Making it water resistant! If desired, you can finish the lunch bag off by making it water resistant with a fabric wax sealant, like this one. Just follow the instructions on the packaging to cover the canvas in a protective wax layer.

It’s really easy, but does take some time to complete. Depending on the strength of your sewing machine, you may be able to complete the wax step prior to sewing (like at the end of step #1). If not, you can wait until the bag is completed.

How to make a lunch bag

How to make a lunch bag
How to make a lunch bag

What do you think of this back to school project?! Would you ever make your own lunch bag for work?

Tired of spending money on lunchboxes at the store to find out that they’re not really all that sturdy or insulated? Why not make your own? This tutorial will show you how to sew an insulated lunch box so you can keep your food cold and show off your sewing skills as well. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to keep your food hot or cold when you need to!

Being able to sew your own lunch box is a great way to create it exactly the way you want to. There’s no doubt that being able to pack your own lunch and have it insulated and cold (or hot!) is important. Don’t forget to change up the fabric when you’re creating this simple DIY as well.

How to make a lunch bag

What I love about this simple DIY lunch box tutorial is that you can tweak it a bit to your liking easily. Change the fabric and make it perfect for an adult or a child to be able to take to school. We all need a good lunch box for our daily travels and activities so it just makes sense to make one for yourself!

What You’ll Need:

Cut the following:

  • 1 -20”x11” piece waterproof fabric
  • 2 -20”x11” pieces of outer fabric and Insul Bright
  • 2 – 24”x4” pieces of outer fabric Insul Bright
  • 2 – 24”x1 3/4” pieces of Insul Bright
  • 2 – 11” pieces of canvas webbing

How To Sew An Insulated Lunch Box

How to make a lunch bag

The first step in this how to sew an insulated lunch box sewing tutorial is to baste, pin, or clip your Insul Bright to the wrong side of your outer fabric. Using a fabric marking pen and your cutting mat and ruler as a guide, mark any pattern you would like to quilt your fabric.

How to make a lunch bag

I made vertical and horizontal lines that were 3” apart. Stitch your fabrics together along your marked lines. Repeat until all lines have been stitched.

How to make a lunch bag

Now we will make the handles.Your handles are going to go on the short sides of the quilted fabric. Using a fabric marking pen, mark and “X”, 3” in from the long side, on the left and the right. Repeat on the other side. Top stitch the handles in place.

How to make a lunch bag

With wrong sides together, fold your two 24”x4” pieces of outer fabric in half lengthwise and press with a warm iron. Insert the 24”x3 3/4” piece of Insul Bright inside and using a ¼” seam allowance, baste the open end closed. Repeat with the other piece. Iron flat with the warm iron. We are about halfway through this how to sew an insulated lunch box sewing tutorial!

How to make a lunch bag

Next, we will add the zipper closure to our insulated lunch box. Pin your zipper in place on the folded end of each of the strips from step 4.

How to make a lunch bag

Using your zipper foot, sew your zipper into place. Having a zipper foot makes it much easier to sew the zipper in place because it allows the needle of the sewing machine to stitch close to the raised edge of the zipper teeth.

How to make a lunch bag

It is a good idea to also stitch along the outer side of each side of the zipper to give more stability. I do this with almost all my zippers that I know will get regular use.

How to make a lunch bag

Now on this how to sew an insulated lunch box sewing tutorial, we get to put the lunchbox together! Using your fabric marking pen, fold your zipper panel in half and make a mark on the wrong side of the fabric. This is your middle point. Fold one side of your main body in half between the handles and mark on the wrong side. This is your middle point.

How to make a lunch bag

Match these points up, wrong sides together and pin or clip into place. I find it easiest to open the zipper and using a 3/8” seam allowance, stitch around the entire perimeter of the lunch box on one level and then repeat on the other. Clip your seams, being careful not to clip unto your seam allowances. Turn your lunch box right side out and enjoy!

How to make a lunch bag

Now that you know how to sew an insulated lunch box , you can make some for the kids or even for yourself and your spouse. This insulated lunch box will keep your produce and drinks nice and cool, plus it can also keep ice packs all day.

How do you clean this lunch box?

Since you’re using it for your lunches, there’s a good chance that there is going to be food and drink spilt on it. Don’t worry, you can wash this simple DIY lunch box.

Make certain that you put it on gentle cycle for your washing machine and wash it in cold water so that the colors of your fabric don’t bleed.

Once it’s done in the wash, it’s time to lay it flat and let it dry. This will get it to dry quickly and easily and in a way that won’t have it bunched up or wrinkled. (but if it does wrinkle, you can iron it on low heat carefully on the outside fabric to get rid of the wrinkles)

How to make a lunch bag

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For this sack I used vintage sheet for the stripey outside and linen for the top and lining.

To make your own you will need:

two 12″ squares
two 3.5″ x 12″ strips
two 12″ x 15″ rectangles
one matching elastic hair tie
one matching button
thread, ruler, & other sewing notions

Use a 1/2″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted. RST = fabric right sides together

Take your 12″ squares and cut a 2″ square from the bottom corners. Do the same on the two rectangles for your lining. Doing this will make it very easy to square the bottom of your bag.

Now take your two strips and with a 1/2″ seam allowance, pin right sides together and sew width-wise to form the top of your bag.

Take the two pieces for the outside of your bag and pin RST. With a 1/2″ seam allowance stitch down both sides of the bag. Stop when you get to where you cut out the 2″ square.

Continute and stitch along the bottom of your bag from end to end.

Now here’s the cool part! With your bag still inside out, open and match the side seam to the bottom seam and pin .

Stitch along the newly formed line.

You now have a perfectly square bottom of the bag!

Repeat the above steps with your lining but when you get to stitching the bottom of your bag, begin sewing and then STOP and leave a 3″ opening in the middle and then continue sewing to the end.

Square the bottom of your lining just like you did the outer shell of your bag. Leave the lining turned inside out.

Turn the outside of your bag right side out and press. Measure to the middle of the bag. This is where your hair elastic will go. Make a loop with your fingers and very carefully stitch it down to the outside of your bag.

Once it’s secure you can clip the metal part away.

Leaving the loop right where it is, slide the outer shell into the lining that is still inside out. Match the two side seams and then pin around the rim of the bag. Stitch all the way around the bag.

Remember the 3″ space you left in the bottom of the lining? Push the outer shell through this space. Before pushing the lining into place stitch the space closed. Once that is done, push the lining of the bag into the outer shell until the bottom is square and it looks neat.

Press the top of the bag.

Topstitch around the top of the bag for a neat finish.

Now, pick out a button! Fold the top of your bag over and mark where you want the elastic loop to meet the button. Handsew the button on that mark through both layers of the bag. Trim your thread and any other loose threads.

The market is filled with different types of lunch bags, sacks, boxes, and containers that are used to bring your meals from home to work or school.

The only downfall with these bags is that sometimes, you have to settle on other people’s creations instead of being able to carry around a lunch bag that really suits your personality.

With a little practice and a bit of understanding, you can learn how to make lunch bags at home easily, and we’ve created a short and simple guide to help you get through the basics.

How to make a lunch bag

Making Your Own Lunch Bag

These days, most people prefer an insulated lunch bag that has its own closure and can help keep food warm and cold. For the sake of this article, we’ve chosen a simple lunch bag that you can create at home, and also included some ways that you can personalize it more to your liking if you wish to deviate from the plan.

The bag that we created is thoroughly lined and insulated while it fastens shut with a magnetic snap at the top of the sack. It’s very roomy, includes handles, and you can use a variety of fabrics, but vinyl-coated or acrylic-coated cotton is what’s recommended. What is better is that you can find bright and colorful materials and all the supplies you need at your local craft store.

Supplies Needed

Before you get started, ensure that you have all of the materials and tools required to construct your lunch bag. Also, make sure that you have a clean workspace that provides you with enough room to layout and cut all fabrics.

  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Fold-over and square rulers
  • ½ yard of canvas
  • ½ yard of acrylic or vinyl-coated cotton. Keep in mind that acrylic-coated cotton is eco-friendlier
  • ½ yard of batting
  • 30 inches of one-inch webbing
  • Sewing machine
  • Teflon presser foot attachment (helpful, but not necessary)

Step-by-Step Guide

We have provided step-by-step guidelines to make the process easier, even for those of you who aren’t masters of a sewing machine. Taking your time to follow along with each step helps ensure that your finished project comes out as close to perfect as possible.

Step One: Preparing the Fabric

Cut the fabric you’ve chosen to match the dimensions exactly as they are indicated on the pattern. Make sure that you follow all instructions for directional patterns, as they do require more work and attention to detail.

Step Two: Attaching the Batting

Find the wrong side of your canvas piece and attach your batting to it by pinning it in place and then basting it. According to the plan, your batting should be ¼’’ from the edge of the canvas.

Step Three: Measuring and Initial Sewing

Make a note of your seam allowance on the plan, and sew the coated cotton side piece to the right sides of the canvas, making certain that you’ve left room for the seam allowance. Keep a close eye to the diagrams and figures laid out in the plan, and repeat the steps as necessary.

Don’t eye your measurements. Use your rulers to confirm that you have the proper dimensions, especially when stitching the bottom of the bag.

How to make a lunch bag

Step Four: Sewing the Lining

Sewing the lining requires you to repeat step three, but a larger opening needs to be left so that the bag can get turned out later.

Step Five: Attaching the Magnetic Strip

Take your magnetic strip and center it to the lining of your bag. You can use a fabric pen or a pin to mark where your holes need to go, and then carefully cut an opening with scissors. This should be repeated for the other side.

Step Six: Attaching the Lining and Straps

Sewing the lining to the other bag does require some concentration. You should flip the lining right side out and push it into the bag. From there, you need to pin the top and your straps in place before you begin sewing. It’s important to follow any provided figures to make this step easier.

Step Seven: Final Touches

Carefully pull the sides of the bag, so they are right side out. After which, topstitch the opening.

Personalizing a Pattern

If you are familiar with sewing and know how to make lunch bags at home, there are a handful of ways that you can do to change up the pattern.

  • Make it your own size by changing the dimensions to suit what you need it for
  • Make the bag out of organic cotton for an eco-friendly version
  • Add a flap by sewing a lined flap during the final step
  • Add a pocket to either the inside or the outside, which you can use store ice packs and other items
  • Add a zipper by squaring the bottom pieces and leaving out the side pieces as it helps with the installation process

FINAL VERDICT

The more you practice with patterns, variations, and materials, the easier making your own lunch bag becomes. Before you know it, you, your kids, and your friends can be carrying around personalized lunch bags that can’t found anywhere else.