Thursday, March 26, 2015

Carry Lunch In Style

I made a lunchbag! I followed this tutorial from Pink Penguin. This was a request but I'm really tempted to keep it for myself!
It looks huge in this picture but it's only about 12x12x6 and that 12 inches is with the handles included. It's not insulated, but it is lined with the same fabric as the brim. There's also a cover that pulls together as a drawstring. It's the first time I've done anything like that, so I didn't fiddle with the pattern but followed it exactly.

A terrible shot of the inside, but it gives you an idea of what it looks like.
I was initially going to add the recipients initials but I decided to just go with a detachable flower instead. It's a kanzashi style flower based on this tutorial. It took me a lot longer than necessary because I kept missing the folded in bits when I stitched it together. But now that I have the hang of it I can see myself making them when I need a pretty embellishment. The flower is just tackled on for the photo. I need to find a pin of some kind for it.
Because I wouldn't be me if something didn't go wrong: I ran out of black thread and I have no orange, so I had to do all the stitching in white. The topstitching was a nerve-wracking job since mistakes were going to be incredibly obvious. I cut the outside in the wrong size, but was able to repurpose it for the cover which is an inch smaller. I forgot to change my needle position from my last project so the seams were 3/8 instead of 1/4 inch. And I already mentioned the flower issues.

But all in all, it was an evening well spent and I'm very pleased with myself!

And in case anyone is thinking of making this themselves, the tutorial is very easy to follow, except that her instructions on boxing corners aren't very clear.


Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

That bag is gorgeous Blu!

Marlene jones said...

Lovely bag, your stitching looks intended and not a compromise. It will be hard to part with it.

Marexstitch said...

Your bag looks great and I love the draw string option. Thanks for providing the link.


Carol said...

I'm so impressed with your lunch bag creation, Blu! Sure wish I knew how to sew better... Thanks for the link to the tutorial--I really think yours turned out great :)

Cindy's Stitching said...

That is really a nice bag. Awesome.

D1-D2 said...

Very nice! I say give it and make another one. Now that you've had the practice it will be even better.

gominam said...

That's a very beautiful bag, well done;)

Rachel Tomkins said...

Such a lovely bag. Well done! :)

Meari said...

I think I used that tutorial when I made the tote bag for the PALS retreat a couple years ago. Great job!