I'm loving my new lunch bag and know that you will too. Whether you live in a hot or cold environment or somewhere in between, we often need to take things with us we want to keep insulated. I like to take some cold drinks with me out in the car (and perhaps a bar of chocolate too – shhh) and don't want them warming up. Hubby and I have also bought hot take out and used these bags to carry it home too.
These insulated lunch bags are perfect to take to work with your lunch, perfect for the kids to take to school and ideal for just making some sandwiches and getting into the big outdoors on the spur of the moment for lunch in the park or at the beach.
It's a fun thing to carry and you can express your inner-child with your favorite print, cartoons, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, Minions, or go smart and sophisticated in a rich paisley or floral – whatever takes your fancy. Be the talk of the lunch room with your own custom insulated lunch bag!
- Wipe clean finish with laminated fabrics or make your own with iron-on vinyl
- Short carrying handle
- Showcase your favorite prints, hobbies or characters
- Stands up with a flat base
- Ideal for personalization or embroidery on the flap/pocket
- Finished size approx. 9.5 inches tall, 7.5 inches wide and 4 inches at the base
- Full step by step video tutorial (comes only with pattern purchase)
Check out this intro from the how to sew video so you can see what the bag looks like
The full video tutorial for how to sew comes with the pattern purchase.
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- Outer Bag – total of 2/3rds yard, mix and match your prints
- Lining fabric – piece 22 x 14 inches
- Iron-on vinyl for lining (optional)
- Insul-Bright insulated liner
- Coordinating Thread
- 5 feet of bias tape (or make your own)
- 1.5 inches of Velcro
- Recommended – Wonder Clips
The tester versions
Pattern rating given – intermediate +
Previous experience of using bias binding useful
As usual, the lovely pattern testing team helped me in ironing out this pattern and instructions to make it hopefully as easy to understand and sew and possible. Check out their amazing bags below.
Sharyn of K's Closet Boutique – after using a laminated fabric on the outside as well as the inside, I recommend using a regular fabric on the outside so that it will be easier if you want to sew your binding by hand. The bag itself is adorable.
Robin at the Pattern Tester – I wanted to make the Insulated Lunch Bag for the challenge, and experience. I've never worked with laminated fabric before. I didn't have anywhere local to buy any laminated fabric, so I bought some vinyl fuse and fused it to the fabric. I've also never completed a project using bias binding. I need more practice with using binding, but my lunch bag looks so cute!
Linda G – Great idea for a pattern. You can customize it with specialty fabric to suit the person interest or hobbies. It's a great size, not too big for nothing but plenty of space for a nice lunch. I love the pocket in the front for extra storage.
Louise – my first thoughts were oh no, not bias tape again! I'm not a huge fan of sewing binding, but actually it turned out great!
Margaret – its a nice handy size for small lunches. I made it more difficult for myself using laminated fabrics inside and outside and it was a bit thick for the binding. Next time I'll make it as the pattern suggests with laminated on the inside.
Debbie-Ann from Sewing from Scrap – I love it! Love that it can use up my fabric scraps and mix and match smaller pieces. I don't usually like to cut from measurements though so I actually made my own simple pattern pieces for the rectangles.
Saar – Cute, just the right size for a lunch bag!
Linda F – first impressions on this bag were that it looked attractive and easy to make. The binding isn't that easy though!
Amber at the Mumbling Sewist – Cute! I really enjoyed this pattern and can not wait for more testing opportunities in the future.
Thanks for your help everyone, I'm loving all of the versions you made. Robin, your basket weave fabric is just amazing for this bag! We are all envious of that one.