Friday, September 28, 2007

Sew Crafty Friday: Lunch tote

Melody the cat checks out a pattern I made by tracing around one of those 3-part lunch plates.

My daughter likes to take her lunch to work whenever possible. I joke that sometimes I feel I pack lunch more for her now, at her age of 22, than I did when she was little. It's a good way to use up leftovers!
I've been wanting to make a nicer way for her to take lunch than putting everything in a plastic grocery bag. A regularly shaped, rectangular, lunch sack wouldn't work because some days she uses one of those covered plastic plates with 3 sections.

So I traced the plate for the bottom of the bag, adding an extra inch all around--a half inch for seam allowance and a half inch for ease.

Then I measured the circumference and cut a rectangle that long, by about 10 inches high. I made a tube out of this piece, which I then sewed to the base.

I made two pieces like this...one for the lining. I sewed them together. After turning them right side out, I topstitched along the edge, leaving a small opening. I stitched another line parallel to the first, about a half inch away--again, leaving an opening. I threaded a ribbon through the channel to make a draw string bag.


Here is the finished product:

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7 comments:

Jude :-) said...

Great idea and very cute! Perfect for a girl!!

Mom2fur said...

I'm glad you like it, Jude!

Gina said...

That is darling!

Bren said...

Your very crafty, get idea.

:) Bren

Donna said...

Great idea for the lunch bag, and so pretty! I'm enjoying your blog, and thank you for leaving a comment on mine!
Donna

Rebecca said...

Love the fabric you chose for this tote! And the idea of a ROUND one instead of a square. It only makes sense...right?!?!

Mona said...

That is so lovely! How creativ for you to come up with this! Very practical and pretty to!

Sorry I could not stop by last week, was out of town by 3 hour one way for a dr appt for my youngest, *all* day trip, lol ;o) Have a blessed weekend!