How to sew a kids lunch bag

September 3, 2015Ama Ryllis

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What makes my kids happy is them lunch box. I usually make sandwiches but they can choose a snack, a fruit and a little candy. I want them to have a nice lunch time during their school day. One thing was still missing: funny lunch bags! Those a very simple to make. It’s the same process as making fabric basket. You just need add handles and a zipper. I will suggest to use a thick cotton fabric. If you choose to work with thin fabric you will have to stiffen the fabric with interfacing. Let’s start sewing!

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 2  Choose two matching fabrics, one for outside and an other for the lining. In each fabric, cut a rectangle of 30′ x 10′ to make the bag. For the handles you gonna need two fabric rectangles of 12′ x 4′. You will also need a 12 inch long zipper.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 3Take the outside fabric, fold it in two lengthwise and sew the edges together.

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back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 4Fold the bottom of the bag to make a tip and draw a line of about 5 inches long. Make a second tip on the opposite side.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 5Sew along the line on both side.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 6Cut the extra fabric. Returns the bag to get the fabric outward

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 7Repeat the previous steps to make the same bag with the lining fabric.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 8Put the lining bag into the first one, the wrong sides of both bags must together. Fold the edges, and pin them together.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 9Sew the edges together all around the bag.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 10The bag is almost finish. Pin the zipper on one side on the bag and sew. Then do the same to fix the zipper on the opposite side.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 11Let’s make the handles. Take the two small rectangles and fold them in two lengthwise wrong side out. Sew two edges and leave one of the small side open to return the fabric. When the right side is out, sew the opening with a few hand stitches.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 12Pin and sew the handles on the bag. Try to place them at the same distance on each side.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 13To have a nice finish, you can glue a piece of fabric on the zipper end.

back to school lunch bag ohoh blog 14Et voila, some nice lunch bags ready for school! If you like more sewing project, you can have a look at this 30 minutes pouch tutorial.

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