Thursday, August 19, 2010

Reusable Lunch Sacks

I have a problem . . . I see a tutorial or idea that I like and I make it before my kids are at the age where they need it. The pink one is for my daughter who is only 8 months and has no need for a lunch sack any time soon. Does anyone else do that cause the project just seems that fun? I've made her the ABC's in a can too. Just too excited.
Anyway, back to the lunch sacks. I followed the tutorial from A Lemon Squeezy Home. It probably took me 3 times longer to cut out the fabric, lining, interfacing, and vinyl than it did to actually sew it.

This was my first time using iron-on vinyl. It worked better than I thought it would. (The tutorial calls for vinyl fabric or PUL - neither which I had on hand or could find at Jo-Anns, so I tried the iron on vinyl.)

I tried different techniques with the bias tape . . . the pink one was with the instructions in the tutorial. I don't like how it ended up. I'm not too used to bias tape, so that may have been the problem, but I tried it different on the blue one. I kept it folded together and sewed it on in one smooth motion all the way around. I found it easier to stretch it around the curves and corners this way. And it doesn't look baggy at the top. I may just unpick the pink one and re-do it. We'll see how my mood is tomorrow.


  1. Hey! I noticed you made my lunch sacks (saw some traffic to my blog from yours). They turned out great! That is good to know about the bias tape. I also rarely use it and I think that is the way it is supposed to be used, but I will add your tip on just sewing it like you did. That is how I normally sew on bias tape (how you did:) ), but I thought I'd try it that way. So it's good to know which way worked better! Off to edit my tutorial!

  2. what a great idea! i should make a couple of these for my little granddaughter.....
    for some reason her lunch bag is forgotten a few times a week at preschool. plus you know that they smell a little funky by the end of the week! love your blog!

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  4. Joann's doesn't usually carry PUL. Look at online diaper fabric stores or Diaperswappers for a small piece.

  5. They turned out adorable! Can't wait to see them in person. Love the fabric you used.

  6. They look great... I haven't been making projects ahead of time for my kids but now that you've gotten that idea in my head I may be in trouble ;)

    I used iron-on vinyl for a project and I did not like it. Now though, I wonder if it may have just been because of what I made and becaues I did both sides (front and back). I'll have to try it again these turned out great! Thanks!

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