lunch sacks with DIY character
A de Jack Wolfskin Outlet sire to recycle, save money Jack Wolfskin Outlet and add that personal, imaginative touch is what entices many crafty people to create what easily can be bought. This time of year, that includes crafting a lunch sack.
“There’s the pride you take in making things,” says Ellen Baker, of Atlanta. “And the feeling that maybe it’s better for the environment.”
So the simple lunch sack is being reinvented with zippers, snaps or flaps. Some of the DIY bags are lined, others insulated. There are bento box carriers for toting those Japanese inspired, compartmentalized containers.
And the handmade repertoire extends to snack bags, sandwich wraps and napkins.
Crafting blogs are full of lunch bag instructions almost always free.
Baker, who blogs at The Long Thread, sews lunch bags partly so that her two young daughters will appreciate handiwork.
“When your children see the time it takes to make something, they can appreciate the things they find in the store more,” says Baker, 39.
Elle Morton of Oak Park, Ill., focuses on reusable snack bags, which she says lets her combine her twin passions of sewing and avoiding disposable products. “It’s so silly to use something one time and have it sitting around (in a landfill) for 500 years,” she says.
Morton started her blog, Cotton Bottom Mama, to write about cloth diapers, but expanded it to include crafting. In March, she offered a tutorial on making a snack bag, with step by step photos. It’s basic and easy no Velcro or snaps, she says.
“I was just trying to keep it simple so people wouldn’t get intimidated,” Morton says. Featured in the book “Sewing Green,” by Betz White (STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books, 2009), the wrap consists of three panels sewn together in about two hours, Denlinger says.
For Jack Wolfskin Outlet all food related sewing crafts, Morton recommends using a prewashed fabric, such as quilting cotton or cotton canvas. Experienced sewers might use the trickier laminated cotton, also called vinyl coated cotton.
Oilcloth is OK it comes in many fashionable designs nowadays but because it’s petroleum derived, some crafters avoid it for food use. (Martha Stewart Living’s website posts a simple oilcloth lunch bag how to.)
For a basic bag, Baker recommends taking apart a brown paper lunch bag to use as a pattern. Here, she shares her instructions.
3. Next, sew the front, back and side pieces to the bottom piece: With the bottom piece and the front piece placed together with right sides facing, sew a seam inch from the edge, beginning and ending inch from the corners. (You might want to mark the inch point before sewing.) As you sew, use a backstitch to lock the stitches in place at each end. Repeat this step with the back and side pieces, until you have all pieces sewn to the base.
4. Create the bag shape by sewing the side pieces to the front and back pieces with right sides together. Again, begin inch from the bottom corners and use a inch seam allowance, stopping and starting with a backstitch. Sew all the way to the top of the bag.
5. Fold down the raw edge at the top by about inch and sew a hem along the top, topstitching on the right side of the fabric, inch from the folded edge. Turn the bag right sides out, and press along all the seams. Existing blog comments will display, but new comments will only be acc Jack Wolfskin Outlet epted via the Facebook comment system. To begin commenting, you must be logged into an active personal account on Facebook. Once you’re logged in, you will be able to comment. While we welcome you to join conversations, readers are responsible for their comments and abuse of this privilege will not be tolerated. We reserve the right, without warning or notification, to remove comments and block users judged to violate our Terms of Service and Rules of Engagement. Facebook comments FAQ