Make your own: Notebook Lunch Bag

Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand

It’s not picnic season, but why not get back to packing your lunch, old- school style. This kitsch but cool lunch bag looks good enough to eat, and your health and wallet will thank you. Inspired by designsponge.com.

 

Difficulty: 3/5 (requires several sewing stitches)

Total Creative Time: 1 hr with sewing machine/2.5 hrs without

Shopping List:

1 yard blue striped fabric (try eBay or John Lewis haberdashery)

Blue, pink and white embroidery thread (as above)

Needle and pins (as above)

Ruler/tape-measure and scissors

Sewing machine (optional)

 

1. Lie fabric flat with stripes running horizontally. Cut out a large rectangle, 34.5 x 33 cm, then cut a 12.5” square from each of the four corners (to leave a cross shape).

2. Hem 0.5” down of the end of each cross flap with running stitch, using four of the six strands of white thread.

3. Lightly draw a pencil line 2” in from the right edge of the bag from top to bottom. Back stitch over this line using pink thread, or use a sewing machine. This creates the guideline of the ‘notebook’ paper.

4. Now turn fabric inside out so the patterned side is hidden. Pin and running stitch each edge to the one next to it, using white thread. Sew about 0.5” in from the edge to limit fraying. 5. Turn right way out. Iron in side creases and write whatever you fancy on the front with black biro. Stiffen with starch if desired. Fold top over and secure with a bulldog clip.

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