I promise these are the last lunch sack tutorials…for this year at least. At the end of this post, I’ve included some sketches of some more ideas and options with the basic lunch sack I started with.
I have to give credit where it is due, and so while I was at Pine Needles, I saw this cutest mushroom house backpack. The picture flashed up on my computer screen a few days ago and I thought, “That would make a really cute lunch sack!!!”
And of course, I would LOVE to make the entire thing out of laminated fabric or some great oilcloth, but my funds are lacking. You can insulate it if you’d like. Which I would also love to do someday.
What You Will Need:
-10” x 11.5” rectangle—one each of outer fabric, inner fabric, and stabilizer. **For the outer on this bag, I used cotton. On my other lunch sacks I’ve used a canvas like fabric. Both kinds have worked fine. For the inner I’ve been using PUL, but on the owl I just used cotton since I won’t be using it as a lunch sack for my daughter. I’m sure you can use a thick fusible interfacing if you’d rather not use the stabilizer. The stabilizer is just cheap, so that’s why I’ve used it.
-10” x 11.5” with the mushroom flap (or owl) cut as a continuous piece of the 10” x 11.5” (explained with pics below)
-5” webbing (I’ve also seen it called belting)—alternately you can make your own handle
-circles for mushroom top (you can use the circles from the pattern you downloaded)
*all seams are 1/4” unless otherwise stated*
I used a 12” x 12” scrapbook paper to make my rectangle measuring 10” x 11.5”. Cut out the mushroom around the gray portion.
Tape the mushroom onto the center, as follows:
First sew the stabilizer onto the wrong side of the outer fabric pieces that match using a basting stitch, making sure to pin together first since the flap doesn’t line up easily without pins! Baste it close to the edge so your sewn lines don’t show on the rest of the bag. If using thick fusible interfacing, iron onto the wrong side of the outer fabric.
Sew the velcro onto the center of the piece without the flap, about 4” down.
Lay the right sides together, pin, and sew along the sides and bottom of the bag.
Pinch the corners like this:
Insert the outer bag that is turned right side out, into the inner bag, with right sides together.
Pin the tops of the bags together, matching seams.
Topstitch around the flap. Note how in the next two pictures I kind of have to shimmy the fabric to get it all the way out on the flap portion. Don’t sew over the webbing.
Updated to add: I just added some tips on finalizing your bag and making it even more sturdy. You can add the step right now, if you’d like. I highly recommend it! Click here to be directed to the helpful information!
**If you don’t want the back of your flap to look like mine, then you need to sew on the felt pieces before sewing the bag together.
I just used this embroidery thread for the owl. I put 6 strands thick on the wings, and the rest 3 strands.
To have a longer strap, just sew the webbing on the edges. Make sure you pin the strap in as pictured so it doesn’t get sewn into something it shouldn’t.
Cut the eyes, ears, beak, and wings from the downloaded pattern. Pin them on, and start stitching them!
Here are just a few more options to make with the same concept.
***Tips for sewing on PUL, laminated fabric, or vinyl: you can dab cornstarch or baby powder onto the shiny side, or use tissue paper. ***