This is the perfect lunch bag to help go green this school year. Make one for your student and one for your teacher. It’s a fun, quick and easy gift.
1 sheet of Inkjet Printable Cotton Fabric (click here to view online)
2 pieces of cotton fabric (each 11″ x 14″) for bag
2 pieces of lightweight fusible interfacing (each 11″ x 14″)
Piece of plastic canvas, 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
1 package (3 yards) of 1/2″ wide, folded bias tape
Thread to match fabric
Contrasting thread for decorative machine stitching or embroidery floss for decorative hand stitching
4 3/4″ x 7″ piece of paper-backed iron-on adhesive
Clear grid ruler
Iron and ironing board
rotary cutter and cutting mat
General Note: Cutting dimensions include 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 1: Print your favorite school image from The Vintage Workshop onto the inkjet fabric sheet following the manufacturer’s instructions. In our sample we used the Teacher image from Teacher Collection I - IE102 Download Collection. Cut out the image leaving about 1/2″ border around the edges then remove the paper backing.
Step 2: Press the excess fabric outside the border of the image (about 1/2″) to the wrong side of the image on all edges. Fuse the image to the paper-backed iron-on adhesive, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Set it aside.
Step 3: Fuse the interfacing to the wrong sides of both fabric pieces following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 4: Remove the paper backing from the back of the image. Position one of the fabric rectangles vertically and center the image on the fabric from side to side, about 4″ down from the upper edge. Fuse it in place following the manufacturer’s directions.
Step 5: Stitch around the edges of the image with a decorative machine stitch, such as a buttonhole stitch, or stitch around the image with two strands of embroidery floss and a hand-buttonhole stitch. See figure 1.
Step 6: With right sides together, pin the bag front and back together. Stitch around the side and bottom edges. Press the seams open.
Step 7: With right sides together, pinch one side seam down to meet the bottom seam, lining them up one on top of another. Secure with a pin. Measure in 1 3/4″ from the corner point and draw a line. Stitch on this line. See Figure 2. Trim 1/4″ away from this stitching. Repeat for the other corner. Turn the bag right side out.
Step 8: Fold the bias tape over the upper edge of the bag (turning under the raw edges at the ends) and top-stitch in place being sure to catch the front and back sides of the bias tape.
Step 9: Press a crease at each side of the bag, from the bottom corner up to the top edge of the bag. Add the plastic canvas into the bottom of the bag to help the bag hold its shape and give it support.
Until next time…