Thursday, August 8, 2013

DIY Lunch Bag Tutorial

Back to School season is here once again, so I decided to do a simple lunch bag tutorial.

Here is what you will need:
  • 1 yrd. bag fabric - that is its real name, and it is very cheap
  • small Velcro squares
  • Optional 1/4 yard contrasting bag fabric

Step 1 
cut main body into a piece that is 29 1/2  in. x 8 in
cut side pieces to be 12 1/4 x 5

Step 2 
pin the sides to the body with right sides together as shown below and stitch. I used the edge of my pressure foot as my guide. 

Step 3 
Now you have a piece that looks like this:

You are going to fold the bottom of the bag over to the top. Sewing is very math-y, and geometry comes into play here. You are basically making a cube that has one side open. 

Pin sides together and sew this side just like you did the first side. 

Step 4 
Stitch up the bottom edges. 

Step 5 
Turn your bag right side out, and you can stop here, but it is a little floppy. 

To give your lunch bag some structure, you are going to have to top stitch all of the edges. 
This is called a French seam - Oh La La.

Not it looks like this

Final step
Attach your closure. Binder clips are a popular option, but I prefer Velco squares.

And there you have it! Enjoy, and make bags to your heart's content. 

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