How to Sew an Insulated Lunch Bag

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How to Sew an Insulated Lunch Bag

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Sew an insulated lunch bag Nancy Zieman

Sew “Green” by making an insulated lunch bag, using Oil Cloth and Insul-Bright fabrics. This fabric duo will keep your cold foods cold or hot foods hot until you’re ready to eat. It’s an easy-to-sew project that can be put to use as soon as it’s finished. You don’t need a sewing pattern just follow the details and directions in my video.

So, why not watch right here. Enjoy!


It’s great to hear from viewers!

I received this email several months ago and thought you’d like to read Deborah Joy’s ideas of how she personalized her Lunch Bags!

Dear Nancy,

     I watched your video for making the Oilcloth Lunch Bags and they were a hit with my granddaughter and her friends (who now all want one). I even made one for my sister-in-law. 
     What I found after completing the first two was the difficulty keeping the layers together with only the Wonder Clips. So, on the third lunch sack I used Sullivan’s Quilt Basting Spray between each layer, and it worked like a charm. 
     I sewed the layers together on three sides, and then serged them (they stay together better that way). I serged the fourth side and the front flap on all sides, put them together, and sewed the front flap onto the bag. 
     The other thing I found difficult was cutting the gussets first and then sewing. I folded seams together; measured 3″ from the edge and marked them with a ruler. I drew a line just scant of the 3″ mark and sewed across, just above the line. I cut across about 1/2″ below the sewn edge to allow for serging, and then I serged across. I found this way much easier. 
     I also added a small tab on the flap that matched the handle, for ease of opening. I like the serged edges for a little more finished look for an adult. I still pink the edges for the children’s lunch sacks. 
     Thanks for sharing the video, and I hope you pass this added technique along. I have attached a photo of the finished results.
The Joyful Sewer,

Stitch up an Insulated Lunch Bag Nancy Zieman

Thanks Deborah for your updates and photo. Nice job!

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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  • Nancy Gross
    July 22, 2014

    Hi Nancy, This is so cute! Love the prints on the oil cloth. I’m going to try have to try this. I don’t have a roller foot, and was wondering if a non stick foot work on this fabric? Nancy

  • marlene jones
    July 22, 2014

    This bag is adorable and I think it makes a cute purse even. I may make one for my knitting too. Bet my granddaughter will want to make one. She is learning to sew at 12 yrs and wants to learn purses and bags. Great tute and thanks for making this free Nancy.

  • Katie
    July 22, 2014

    Thank you for this tutorial. I am getting ready to make my daughter and granddaughter water resistant beach bags! Very good instructions.

  • Starla
    July 22, 2014

    Thank you! I want to try this.

  • Susan Novak
    July 22, 2014

    Very cute and useful. Would there be any way to print out the directions? I have a good memory…..just very short.

  • Marty
    July 22, 2014

    PERFECT gift to make for my home care co-workers who ALL bring lunch to eat at client’s homes!

  • Susie-Q
    July 24, 2014

    This is a great idea. I think this will make a great casserole carrier as well since it’s easy to clean. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  • Shea
    September 24, 2014

    This is adorable and I’m going to make one for my daughter to take to work. Just curious, what is the stitch width? 1/2″? Thank you for a great tutorial – you make it look so easy!

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