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Reusable Lunch Bag

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Reusable Lunch Bag

Back to school! Has it come already? Be prepared, and follow a few easy steps to put a personal touch on reducing your impact on the environment. Washable. Durable. Compact. Sustainable. Stylish.

Materials:

Denim panels:

- 2 7-1/2" x 5"
- 2 13" x 5"
- 2 13" x 7-1/2"

Velcro
-Iron-ons, fabric paints, etc. for ornamentation

Thread

Tools Required:

Scissors
Needle

Directions:

  1. Measure and cut 6 denim panels: 2 7-1/2" x 5" (bottom); 2 13" x 5" (sides), and 2 13" x 7-1/2" (front and back). All measurements include a 3/8" seam allowance.
  2. Apply decorative elements onto front or back panel.
  3. Fold and double top-stitch a 1/2" hem at the top of each the side, front, and back panels.
  4. Stack and sew together the two bottom panels. This will make the bag sturdy.
  5. With the vertical panels inverted, stitch them to the bottom using a 3/8" seam allowance. Stitch all the vertical edges. Surge the inside edges if resources permit.
  6. Dart the side panels, like the folds in a paper bag, to impart shape.
  7. Top-stitch the edges of the side and bottom seams to punch out the shape.
  8. Make two folds at the top of the bag, and apply a Velcro closure to fasten.

Options:

  • Stitch together with seams on the outside for a frayed look
  • Try different fabrics and patterns
  • Apply iron-on transfers, decorative stitching, appliqué, initials, fabric paints, handles, etc.

Topics: DIY, Craft, Project, Renos & DIY

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