NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial
NEW! Watch Stitch it! Sisters Program 108: Insulated Lunch Tote
New! Watch the NEW! Stitch it! Sisters Program 108: Cooler Insulated Lunch Tote with hosts Deanna Springer and Dana Casey. In this video, the Stitch it! Sisters share step-by-step fabric cutting and sewing techniques for making NZP’s NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote from our NZP’s NEW! Cooler Grocery Tote and Insulated Lunch Tote Pattern.
Watch the NEW! Stitch it! Sisters Program 108: Cooler Insulated Lunch Tote 18-min video and learn step-by-step how to sew our NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote. Make lunch time enjoyable with this stylish insulted lunch tote.
Then, head over to the shopnzp.com and purchase the exclusive NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box designed by the Stitch it! Sisters! The NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box includes all fabrics and supplies, Insul-Fleece, Insul-Film, Decovil, zipper, and the Cooler Grocery Tote & Insulated Lunch Tote Pattern – with Classic Timesaving Zipper Sewing Techniques by Nancy Zieman. The NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box includes everything you’ll need to make one Insulated Lunch Tote — you’ll supply the thread and Schmetz Size 90 Denim Needle.
Watch the NEW! Stitch it! Sisters Program 108: Insulated Lunch Tote video and learn how easy it is to sew our Insulated Lunch Tote.
Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial
Sew our NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote with our easiest ever sewing techniques, and Classic Timesaving Zipper Sewing Tips by Nancy Zieman, and see how using the right tools makes the sewing process enjoyable, even for beginners!
To make our NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote, start by making the NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Pattern with our easy instructions – included with our NEW! Cooler Grocery Tote and Insulated Lunch Tote Pattern.
1. Make the outer tote pattern:
• Cut a 15″ x 30″ rectangle from Pattern Making Paper.
• Fold rectangle in half, meeting short edges.
• On the lower edge fold, using a 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ rotary cutting ruler, mark and cut out a rectangle measuring 2-1/2″ wide and 2-1/4″ tall.
• Repeat on both lower corners. The cutouts will later form gussets at tote bottom.
2. Prepare Fabrics:
• Preshrink fabrics by steaming and pressing and steaming and pressing a second time.
• Stabilize fabrics for sewing by pressing and starching fabrics with June Tailor’s® Quilter’s Starch Savvy—press and starch, press and starch.
3. Cut fabric, interfacing, and batting:
• Cut one 15″ x 28″ rectangle from outer tote fabric.
• Cut two 3-3/4″ crosswise fabric strips from outer tote fabric for straps.
• Cut one 13″ x 15″ rectangle from contrasting pocket fabric.
• Cut one 15″ x 28″ rectangle and one 13″ x 15″ rectangle from Pellon Sof-Shape Interfacing.
• Cut one 15″ x 28″ rectangle from Pellon Insul-Fleece Batting.
• Cut one 15″ x 28″ rectangle from Pellon Silver Lining Insul-Film.
• Cut one 4″ x 9″ rectangle from Pellon Decovil One-Sided Fusible Stabilizer.
• Following manufacturer’s instructions, press 15″ x 28″ interfacing rectangle and 13″ x 15″ interfacing rectangle to back of 15″ x 28″ outer tote fabric rectangle and 13″ x 15″ contrasting pocket fabric rectangle.
• At the sewing machine insert a Schmetz Size 90 Jeans/Denim Needle, and attach a roller presser foot or Teflon presser foot. Baste around all outer tote edges with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Set aside.
A scant 1/4″ seam is slightly smaller than a 1/4″ seam. Use scant 1/4″ seams for basting the layers together. When the Insulated Lunch Tote is later seamed together, use actual 1/4″ seams—and basting stitches will be hidden within seam allowances.
• Fold pocket, meeting 15″ long edges, right sides together. Pin or Wonder Clip.
• Stitch, joining 15″ long edges and leaving short ends open.
• Press seam open on a Seam Stick … because of its smaller radius, using a Seam Stick avoids seam imprints when pressing seams open or to one side.
• Turn pocket right side out. Parallel to tote top, place and align pocket on tote front, with folded edge of pocket 2-1/2″ down from top edge. Pin or Wonder Clip.
• Mark handle placement lines 3″ on each side of marked center.
• Position Double-Sided Basting Tape, 1/8″ inside marked lines, at 3-1/2″ below back tote top – to pocket top edge.
Finger press Double-Sided Basting Tape in place. Set aside.
• Create 1″ straps:
• Stitch short ends of the two 3-3/4″ crosswise fabric strips, right sides together.
• Pin fabric strip end to ironing board, and press the folded fabric strip as you pull the bias tape maker.
• Trim strap to approximately 80″.
• Seam short ends to form a continuous loop. Press seam open. Repress folded edges.
• Fold strap, wrong sides together, meeting long edges to form 1″ strap. Press.
• Edgestitch along both long strap edges.
• Fold strap in half and place pins at half markings.
Place pins on straps — at 3-1/2″ down from top edge of tote back, and at top pocket edge — as a reminder not to stitch past this point!
• Stitch strap to tote along previously stitched lines, pivoting at pocket top and 3-1/2″ below upper back tote (where you placed the pins as a reminder).
• Place and center 4″ x 9″ Pellon Decovil One-Sided Fusible Stabilizer rectangle to wrong side of tote bottom. Using an EZ View Press Cloth, press and fuse 4″ x 9″ Pellon Decovil One-Sided Fusible Stabilizer rectangle into place following manufacturer’s instructions.
• Carefully layer Pellon Silver Lining Insul-Film to back of tote layers. Use Wonder Clips to clip layers together around all outside edges. Baste stitch around all outside edges using a scant 1/4″ seam.
Be sure to NOT catch tote handles within the basting stitches, when attaching the Pellon Silver Lining Insul-Film to the back of the tote layers!
The secret to the Easiest-ever Zipper Technique is to start with a zipper length longer than needed! The longer zipper length provides “handles” to hold while stitching. Plus, the zipper is stitched to the tote using flat construction methods.
• Start with a 22″ or longer handbag, tote, or jacket zipper.
• With right sides together, place zipper tape edge to top tote front. Clip with Wonder Clips.
• Straight-stitch zipper in place, using a zipper foot.
• With right sides together, place remaining zipper tape to top tote back. Clip with Wonder Clips. Stitch.
• With right sides together, meet tote sides, aligning bottom edges. Note: In step one, above, 2″ was trimmed away from the tote front, now zipper will naturally fall into position on the upper tote front.
• Stitch side seams, using caution when stitching over zipper teeth.
• Bar tack zipper ends, 1/4″ inside tote edges.
A bar tack is a wide zigzag stitch, with little or no stitch length. Set sewing machine for a wide zigzag stitch, set length at zero (or the minimum number) and zigzag over zipper teeth, joining the two zipper tapes into one closed-end zipper.
• Trim away excess zipper tape with a craft scissors.
• Meet lower tote gusset seams. Stitch.
• Repeat for opposite gusset seam.
• Turn Insulated Lunch Tote right side out and enjoy!
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The randomly selected winner of a Kick It Up a Stitch DVD, from the January 28 Blog Post, Watch Kick it Up A Stitch! with Nancy Zieman and Mary Mulari, is Noreen.
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