Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Little Lunch Tote

This was a project I started because I needed something to carry my lunch in for work. I don't like any of the lunch bags/boxes I see in the stores so I made my own. I have had this paint splatter fabric for about 6 months, only a fat quarter and this was the perfect opportunity for me to use it up.

The lining pieces match the size of the outer pieces. I have a main fabric and a coordinating fabric for the band at the top but the lining fabric is just white scraps from other projects.

I added some ric rac.
You have to pin in in between layers so half is poking out.

So when you open it up you just see little scallops. Do that with both main pieces.

Then pin right sides together and sew around each side and the bottom.

And that's the outside of the bag. You repeat the same steps for the inside minus the ric rac.

 In order to give the bag a flat bottom you measure and draw a line like in the picture

 And then sew on the line, do this on both sides of the bottom of the bag and with the lining.
Then when you turn the bag right side out it will have a shape like this.

For straps I just make them the same way you would make your own bias tape only I make it way wider.

 Sew down each side
 To assemble the bag you start with the bag lining inside out, the outer part of the bag goes inside of the lining.

 The handle should look like this before you stick it in the bag.

 Straps go in between the lining and the outside part of the bag. One on each side. Pin them good. sew around the top leaving a couple inches so you can turn the bag right side out again.

 Once the bag is right side out top stitch all around the top, be sure to close the 2 inches you left open.

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1 comment:

  1. Great tutorial Brandi! That paint splatter fabric is cool!