Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial and NEW! Wildflower Boutique Bundle Boxes at ShopNZP.com
Make daily lunch time enjoyable with your very own designer Insulated Lunch Tote! Sew our Insulated Lunch Tote with easy fabric rectangles of Wildflower Boutique fabrics by Heather Peterson for Riley Blake Designs, along with Pellon’s Insul-Fleece & Insul-Film! Our Insulated Lunch Tote is fast and fun to sew with Nancy’s absolute easiest zipper technique!
Watch Stitch it! Sisters Program 108: Insulated Lunch Tote
Watch the 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 Insulated Lunch Tote from our exclusive NZP’s Cooler Grocery Tote and Insulated Lunch Tote Pattern.
Then, head over to ShopNZP.com and purchase our exclusive NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Boxes! The NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box! features Wildflower Boutique Fabrics by Riley Blake Designs, and our Cooler Grocery Tote & Insulated Lunch Tote Pattern – with Classic Timesaving Tips by Nancy Zieman. The NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Boxes! include everything you’ll need to make one Insulated Lunch Tote—you’ll supply the thread.
Sew an Insulated Lunch Tote, or Cooler Grocery Tote with Team NZP’s Cooler Grocery Tote & Insulated Lunch Tote Pattern. Pattern includes our easiest-ever zipper sewing techniques, and Classic Timesaving Tips by Nancy Zieman.
Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial
Approximate finished size: 14″ W x 11″ L x 5″ D
Insulated Lunch Tote Tools & Supplies
- Exclusive NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box – Pattern included
- Clover’s Rotary Cutter and Mat, & Ruler
- Pattern Making Paper
- 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ Square Rotary Cutter Ruler
- Clover’s Wonder Clips, Clover’s Wrist Cushion for Wonder Clips
- Schmetz Denim Needle, Size 90/14
- Seam Stick
- Erasable fabric marking pen or Clover’s Chaco Liner
- Clover’s Double Sided Basting Tape
- Clover’s Straight Tailor’s Awl
- Clovers 2″ Bias Tape Maker
- Clover’s I Sew For Fun Heart Shaped Straight Pins
- Clover’s Pin ‘n Stow Magnetic Wrist Pin Cushion and/or Clover’s I Sew For Fun Heart-Shaped Magnetic Covered Pin Caddy
- Eze-View Pressing Cloth
- Clover’s 7-3/4″ Bordeaux Ultimate Shears
- Clover’s I Sew For Fun Sew Safe Presser Foot or 1/4″ Quilting Presser Foot
- Clover’s 6-in-1 Stick ‘n Stitch Guide
- Clover’s Retractable Tape Measure
- Clover’s 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge
- Clover’s Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge
- Quilter’s Starch Savvy
- Roller Presser Foot or Non-Stick Presser Foot
Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial
Prepare Fabrics from the NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box
To make our New! Insulated Lunch Tote, start by making the insulated lunch tote pattern with our easy instructions – included with our Cooler Grocery Tote and Insulated Lunch Tote Pattern.
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″ Square Rotary Cutter 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.
- Open pattern flat and cut away 2″ across one short edge—this will be the tote front. Mark “Front” on paper pattern at upper center front.
- Cut fabric, interfacing, and batting:
- Cut one 15″ x 28″ rectangle from outer tote fabric.
- Using a Rotary Cutter, Ruler, and Mat, cut three 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.
Assemble Insulated Lunch Tote
- 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.
- Using paper pattern, cut one each from: outer tote fabric, Pellon Sof-Shape Interfacing, Pellon Insul-Fleece Batting, and Pellon Silver Lining Insul-Film .
- Layer outer tote fabric, right side up, onto Pellon Insul-Fleece Batting, and set other layer to the side. Use Clover’s Wonder Clips t0 clip layers together around all outside edges.
- At the sewing machine insert a Schmetz Size 90 Jeans/Denim Needles, and attach a Roller Presser Foot or Non-Stick 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.
- Stitch pocket to tote at sides, and across lower pocket edge using a 2.5mm stitch length.
- Mark handle placement lines 3″ on each side of marked center.
- Position Clover’s Double Sided Basting Tape, 1/8″ inside marked lines, at 3-1/2″ below back tote top – to pocket top edge.
- Finger press Clover’s Double Sided Basting Tape in place. Set aside.
Create 1″ Straps
- Pin short ends of the three 3-3/4″ crosswise fabric strips, right sides together.
- Stitch short ends of the two 3-3/4″ crosswise fabric strips, right sides together.
- Press seam open.
- Insert seamed fabric strip into the Clover’s 2″ Bias Tape Maker using Clover’s Straight Tailor’s Awl to advance strip.
- Press the folded fabric strip as you pull the bias tape maker.
Pin fabric strip end to ironing board to secure fabric.
- 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.
- Remove paper backing from Clover’s Double Sided Basting Tape.
- Align pins on strap to tote bottom center and finger-press straps in place on Double-Sided Basting Tape.
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 Clover’s Wonder Clips to clip layers together around all outside edges.
Be sure to NOT catch tote handles within the basting stitches, Deanna suggests folding the handles to the center of the tote when attaching the Pellon Silver Lining Insul-Film available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com to the back of the tote layers!
- Baste stitch around all outside edges using a scant 1/4″ seam.
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 18″ or longer handbag, tote, or jacket zipper.
- On wrong side of zipper, mark a 15″ section in center of zipper.
- With right sides together, place zipper tape edge to top tote front. Clip with Clover’s 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 Clover’s 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!
Then, head over to ShopNZP.com and purchase one or both of our exclusive Cooler Grocery Tote Bundle Box! and Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box The Cooler Grocery Tote Bundle Box and Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box feature Wildflower Boutique Fabrics by Riley Blake Designs, Pellon Sof-Shape, Insul-Fleece, Insul-Film, zipper, and our Exclusive Cooler Grocery Tote & Insulated Lunch Tote Pattern – with Classic Timesaving Tips by Nancy Zieman. The Cooler Grocery Tote Bundle Box and Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box include everything you’ll need to make one Cooler Grocery Tote and one Insulated Lunch Tote—you’ll supply the thread.
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