Lunch Bag DIY
• 0.8m cotton fabric
• 0.8m medium fusible interfacing
• 0.2m baby lamb fleece
• 0.2m Heat n Bond Ultra
• Scrap pink fabric or felt (alpaca ears)
• Scrap felt (alpaca mouth)
• Black embroidery thread & needle
• 0.2m pompom trim
• Elastic (enough to loop over button)
• Sewing machine, thread, scissors, dressmaker’s pencil and iron
• Alpaca pattern
• optional – Insul-Shine for insulation
- Cut two rectangles from your fabric measuring 15″x30″. One will be for the lining.
2. Cut one rectangle from your interfacing 15″x30″ and iron onto the wrong side of the fabric. This will be your outer fabric.
3. Cut out alpaca from baby lamb fleece and extra pieces from scrap fabric.
4. Adhere pieces to the alpaca using Heat n Bond Ultra or a hot glue gun.
5. Embroider the eyes and mouth using a satin stitch and backstitch. Glue on pompom trim around the neck and set the rest aside.
6. Following the instructions of the Heat n Bond Ultra, adhere the alpaca to the right side of the fabric with the interfacing 3″ down from the top and centered.
7. Fold the outer bag in half lengthwise to mark the centre. Pin the elastic in a loop on the top above the alpaca on the right side and baste. The elastic needs to be long enough to wrap around your button.
8. Fold the piece up with right sides together and stitch up the side seams.
9. With the right sides still together pull the bag apart at the corners until the bottom of the bag looks like a diamond. Mark a line 2″ up from each point and sew across perpendicular. Stitch across this line and trim.
10a. Repeat steps 8 & 9 with the lining piece.
10b. Place the bags right side together and stitch across, leaving a small opening to turn inside out. Make sure you stitch down the elastic at this point.
11. Turn right side out, press and top stitch edge.
12. Press in the sides and the bottom of the bag.
13. Sew the button on 4″ down from the top edge.
Step 8 should also tell you to sew across the bottom, not just the sides. Very confusing for beginners.
There is no need to sew across the bottom of the bag. You are folding the fabric in half and stitching up the side seams so that when you turn it inside out you have a flat, seamless, bottom.
The bag looks very pretty. I am going to try it myself and let you know.