School Lunch Bag

Posted by Cheryl
Reusable Fabric Lunch Bag

Reusable Fabric Lunch Bag

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.

Buttonhole Stitch

Figure 1

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.

Figure 1

Figure 2

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…

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12 Responses to “School Lunch Bag”

  1. Rose Marie says:

    Super idea!! I made two, one for each of our twins. I did make one addition, that was some Velcro at the top. That way one could roll the top down a tad and the placement of the Velcro under the rolled down lip keeps the contents inside in case of tipping over. Bon Apetit!!!

  2. Joanne says:

    Love this fabric,I would make a few doll outfits for my granddaughter,and some bags for gifts,etc.

  3. Linda Focht says:

    I plan on making a couple of these bags for my grandchildren. The one just started shcool last week, so you can see I am a little behind. To many projects to do and no enough

  4. Dorothy says:

    This is a great idea. My 30-year-old daughter just reminded me of the flour-sack lunch bags she used as a child and how she’d enjoy having one now to carry her lunch to work. I’ll be whipping up a couple of these and sending them off to her soon. Since she is taking up sewing, I’ll stuff the bags with a copy of the instructions.

  5. Barbara says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial, what a great idea!

  6. Sandy Reese says:

    Love using the Vintage Workshop’s illustrations for projects, they really add to the vintage look!! My best friend started to teach again and I ordered this collection so that I could make a tote for her to add some pics to class it up, now I can make a lunch bag for her too! Great idea, thanks!!

  7. Theresa Zickus says:

    Thanks for a great idea — my daughter is a teacher and would love this.

  8. Mary Carter says:

    Thanks for this idea and all of the directions. As a former teacher I loved the “vintage” look of this bag.

  9. Pat Damcott says:

    I Love the fabric and the bag. I make bags for gifting that would be useful and fun… This is one that will be treasured for a long time! Thank you for the directions…

  10. Linda McKay says:

    This is adorable! My best friend teaches third grade, and she’s always looking for unique things that she can use as giveaways to the kids for Student of the Month, etc. this would be so perfect, and you could make it age appropriate by swapping out the graphic, a little girl with a book, or a little boy with a slingshot, something like that. I think I will put a few together for her as a surprise, she will love them. Thanks so much for the wonderful project.

  11. Wanda Richards says:

    Very cute. Would make great gift bags for special gifts. A nice idea for a special teacher or student teacher, fill with teacher supplies not to mention a chocolate treat. Thanks

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