I thought with Back to School upon us (ok or just past us) it would be fun to do a school related sewing project. And I also wanted to test out thermal interfacing-have you ever used that? So, I give you, a Kid’s Lunch Box Pattern & Tutorial!
When I told my mom I was making a lunch box she said “why would anyone want to MAKE a lunch box?” I don’t know. Maybe you want to make one?
I also thought it would be fun to have a lunch box to match the kids messenger bag. Now you can make a matching (or coordinating) set!
Ready to make it?
Kid’s Lunch Box Tutorial and Pattern:
About 1/2 yard each of 2 coordinating fabrics
About 1/2 yard of insulated interfacing (You can find this in the interfacing section of your fabric store. It’s made to keep hot things hot and cold things cold.)
Start out by cutting out your pieces.
Cut the following from each of your fabrics and your interfacing:
- 1 piece that is 11″ wide by 8″ tall
- 1 piece that is 11″ wide by 18″ tall
- 1 piece that is 3 1/2″ wide by about 36″ long
- 1 piece that is 2″ wide by 9″ long
On the largest piece I usually round out the corners on one side. These will be the corners on your flap. (See the rounded edges in the image above.)
Let’s start by making the handle. Grab you pieces that are 2″ wide by 9″ long. You should have 3 pieces. One inner fabric, one outer fabric and one thermal fabric.
Place them with right sides together with the thermal fabric on the outside and sew a straight stitch up the two long sides.
Turn it right side out and then top stitch up the two long sides to make it nice and pretty.
Set the handle aside for now.
On your OUTER fabric, get your piece that is 11″ wide by 8″ tall. You are going to sew a strip of Velcro on this in the spot where you want the bag to close. **Note, I recommend doing it lower on the bag than I did in this picture. I recommend sewing it about 3 inches down from the top edge of the fabric:
Using your OUTER fabric, grab your long piece that is 3 1/2″ wide by about 26″ long and your piece that is 11″ wide by 8″ tall. Beginning at the top of one side of the 11″ x 8″ piece, begin pinning the long strip piece to it all the way around. Right sides should be together as you pin:
When you reach the far side you will have excess fabric of your strip piece. Just snip off the excess:
Sew that in place. Now do the same thing with the 11″ wide by 18″ tall piece so that you form the outer shell of your bag:
Figure out where you want your handle (it should be right about where the bag begins to fold in the back to create the flap.
Lay the strap on your bag and zig zag the edge in place:
Then loop it around to create a handle and sew the other end in place.
Now it’s time to sew the inner part of your bag. You are going to do the exact same thing that you did with the outer part, but you need to sew through two layers this time. Every step you do needs to include your INNER fabric piece AND your THERMAL piece.
Start by sewing a strip of velcro to the 11″ wide by 18″ tall about 2 inches from the top end of the fabric (the end with the rounded corners). **Again, I recommend doing it a little further down than it shows in the picture. I learned a few things while sewing this bag.
Then assemble the same way that you did with the outer shell:
Once you have that all sewn it’s time to put the whole bag together.
Turn your OUTER piece right side out and your INNER piece inside out. Stick the outer down inside the inner.
Start at the top of the flap and sew all the way down the flap, across the middle center of the bag and up the other flap leaving about 4 inches open to turn it all right side out.
Clip the curves all the way around the bag and clip off any excess fabric along the seams.
Turn it all right side out and press it flat. Top stitch the opening shut and all the way around the flap and center of the bag (the part you just sewed) to make it look pretty!
And you’re done!
Now let me just confess to one thing. I struggled a little creating this project and most definitely had to make use of my new Sewing Printable: