Thursday, February 25, 2010


I feel in love with this pattern at Joann's website under projects here!
I make a pattern out of "True Grid"
it is great for pattern making light and you can see through it. I plan to make more so this way I don't have to measure my pieces every time.
baste insul bright to wrong side of main fabric.then cut away the 2 1/2 " corners  
Making the straps and ties see below. (steps 1-9)  (1) Iron strap wrong sides together. (2-5) Fold one side to the center place strap webbing then fold the other side towards it. Fold again continuing to iron between each step. Pin and stitch 1/8 each side. (be careful of pins. I always get stabbed on this step!!!!! (6) I like to use the lip of my sewing foot. Then sew down the middle of your strap to make a nice finish. 
Repeat this process with out the webbing for ties (9)

measure 3" inches in on right side edge and left side edge of fabric to place handle. Becareful not to twist.
Sew strap on to each front. Matching the 1/8 ' stitches except the center. Sew up to insilbright then turn and go down other side of strap. Repeat other bag front. 
Measure one inch down from insil bright, (I fold my fabric back temporally to see where it is)
mark in the center between where the strap are. This is for the button. I use a large wood button; I like the natural look for the lunch bag.  NEXT on the other piece of bag ...
mark 2' from the TOP of bag (raw edge) this is where the tie will go. (see instructions above on ties and handles)
sew tie, parallel to raw edge (for some reason I got confused here so hope this pic helps)

sew bag pieces together (1/2 ' seems) and lining pieces together leaving a hole on the side towards the bottom of lining for turning.
press seams open.
stitch corners 1/2' seams becareful on the bag front there are LOTS of layers! Stitch slowly going over all the layers!

bag should look something like this, front is inside out. Now turn right side out.
Keep lining inside out.

Place (turned Right side out  bag inside lining. Match seams pin very well stitch around top 1/2 '.
Turn out through lining hole.

 Slip lining inside the bag and make sure that the top edge is lined up. Press REALLY WELL . DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.

top stitch around about 1/8' I like to use the lip of my sewing foot.
Congrats you are done! YEEEPEE! 
now make an awesome lunch. It will keep hot or cold!


  1. Love this , I need to go make one now - thanks so much for this tutorial!

  2. yay! Thanks! The tutorial was more work than making the bag lol!
    enjoy! Come again!
    ~frances : )

  3. Wow!!! That looks so complicated to me, but I LOVE them! Wish I knew how to sew :-( But if I did, those would be the PERFECT instructions -- very well done!! :-)

  4. Love this, Frances! I'll do it.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Your blog is very beautiful. I love pink!

  5. Thank you so much Regina! I would love to see yours when it is done!
    Thanks for your comments on my blog!
    I reallllllly appreciate it!!!!!!

  6. what a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing it. I will have to try it.

    Free tutorials on my blog:

  7. Heather thanks so much! Your blog is cute too!
    Come back again!

  8. Good tutorial, good bag, good blog.
    I saw you on Flickr. :)
    I'll come back!

  9. My niece wants one made from horses! When I went to JoAnn's for the pattern, I got a message that the file was damaged and could not be repaired. Can you share the pattern sizes?

  10. I just love the lunch bag! (and your blog as well!)

  11. This is totally adorable. Great tutorial with photos and step by steps which I always love to see.

    Great fabric selection too. Fantastic post all the way around!

  12. would you be able to put the iron on vinyl on the interior, or would this be too difficult? unecessary?

  13. Ashley, I have not worked with vinyl. I would not try to iron it. Maybe try hand creasing or test on a small piece on the back of it. : )

  14. It looks as though you didn't fully line the outer bag with Insul-bright. What measurements did you use? I like the look of your bag when folded better since it doesn't have that bulk. Thanks!!

  15. I sewed a couple of these, and made them into bags for knickers and bras especially for traveling, my son also sewed a bag of food, but I really liked the extra knobs and I've been going to sew this bag with handles food. It's perfect. And thanks for the idea.

  16. I sewed a couple of these, and made them into bags for knickers and bras especially for traveling, my son also sewed a bag of food, but I really liked the extra knobs and I've been going to sew this bag with handles food. It's perfect. And thanks for the idea.
    Tsviya from Israel

  17. I love this bag and the tutorial is great. I can't find the pattern at Joann's site. This post is a couple years old but hoping someone can tell where I can find the bag pattern or give me the dimensions so I can make my own pattern.

  18. Here is a link to the PDF

    I finished a couple and they turned out great. You can see it here in my FB photo album.

  19. I love this lunch tote! I included it in my collection of diy lunch bags and totes here:
    Thanks for posting!

  20. Thanks Nicole I finally posted your bag on the site.
    Sorry it took 2 years : ( i had a baby.
    Thank you all for your comments.

    Anyhow, I posted a new tutorial here:

  21. Amei!!!!!Muito obrigado pelo tutorial!!!! Vou fazer!!!!Tb já estou te seguindo!!!Bjs

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  24. These tutorials gave another chance to indulge myself with creativity. This adds color and creativity to my days. I am making Coach Handbag and will definitely try to make this handbag too. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Me encanta ,gracias por el tutorial !!!

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