Looking for a right sized plastic/paper bag every morning, to send my husband's lunch box in became really tiring. I had bad experiences with store-bought lunch bags earlier. The zippers were never durable or the plastic like fabric frayed within a few months of using it. So, I decided to make a lunch bag myself. Hurray! for sewing skills.
Tutorials I followed : Lunch Sack Tutorial
I loved this tutorial. For my bag, I used drill fabric and layers of thin polyester batting. Ganesh wanted a handle added to the bag so I made the flap separately and added a handle when I sewed the flap.
Here's how I did it :
I cut the flap pieces separately, sewed on batting to one flap piece and hand sewed the velcro on. I prefer hand sewing velcro. I then sewed only the curved part of the 2 flap pieces with right sides together. I left the straight edge open and turned the flap inside out. I topstitched the curved edge. Flap done.
I made the outer and inner bag shell as per the tutorial. After making the outer shell I thought of adding some quote/phrase on the bag. I typed the phrase 'What's for lunch' on notepad using font Ravie, font size 48 and printed it out. I then traced it onto the main fabric piece using carbon paper. I painted the phrase using fabric pen. It was my first time using a fabric pen to colour and I wished I had done all the above before sewing the batting onto the main faric.
Below are my 3 main pieces ready for assembly.