Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial and NEW! Wildflower Boutique Bundle Boxes at ShopNZP.com

NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial and NEW! Wildflower Boutique Bundle Boxes available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial and NEW! Wildflower Boutique Bundle Boxes at ShopNZP.com

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NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial and NEW! Wildflower Boutique Bundle Boxes available at Nancy Zieman Productions 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.

 

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Buy it! Buy Sewing Tools, Sewing Patterns, Sewing Fabrics and More at ShopNZP.com by Nancy Zieman Productions 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 Toteyou’ll supply the thread.

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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

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Insulated Lunch Tote Sewing Tutorial

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Prepare Fabrics from the NEW! Insulated Lunch Tote Bundle Box

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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:

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  • Fold rectangle in half, meeting short edges.

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  • Repeat on both lower corners. The cutouts will later form gussets at tote bottom.

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  • 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.

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Cut Fabrics

  • Cut fabric, interfacing, and batting:
  • Cut one 15″ x 28″ rectangle from outer tote fabric.
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  • Using a Rotary Cutter, Ruler, and Mat, cut three 3-3/4″ crosswise fabric strips from outer tote fabric for straps.

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  • Cut one 13″ x 15″ rectangle from contrasting pocket fabric.

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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.

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  • 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.

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Stitch it! Sisters with Deanna Springer and Dana Casey 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.

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  • Stitch, joining 15″ long edges and leaving short ends open.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Stitch pocket to tote at sides, and across lower pocket edge using a 2.5mm stitch length.

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  • Mark handle placement lines 3″ on each side of marked center.

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Create 1″ Straps

  • Pin short ends of the three 3-3/4″ crosswise fabric strips, right sides together.
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  • Stitch short ends of the two 3-3/4″ crosswise fabric strips, right sides together.

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  • Press seam open.
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Stitch it! Sisters with Deanna Springer and Dana Casey Use a Clover’s 2″ Bias Tape Maker, Clover’s Straight Tailor’s Awl, and iron to create tote straps.

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  • Press the folded fabric strip as you pull the bias tape maker.

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Stitch it! Sisters with Deanna Springer and Dana Casey Pin fabric strip end to ironing board to secure fabric.

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  • Seam short ends to form a continuous loop.
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  • Press seam open. Repress folded edges.
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  • Fold strap, wrong sides together, meeting long edges to form 1″ strap. Press.
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  • Edgestitch along both long strap edges.

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  • Fold strap in half and place pins at half markings.

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Stitch it! Sisters with Deanna Springer and Dana Casey 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).

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Stitch it! Sisters with Deanna Springer and Dana Casey 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.
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Timesaving Sewing Tips from Nancy Zieman 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.

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  • On wrong side of zipper, mark a 15″ section in center of zipper.

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  • Straight-stitch zipper in place, using a zipper foot.

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  • With right sides together, place remaining zipper tape to top tote back. Clip with Clover’s Wonder Clips. Stitch.

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  • 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 it! Sisters with Deanna Springer and Dana Casey Open zipper before stitching side seams!

  • Stitch side seams, using caution when stitching over zipper teeth.

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  • Bar tack zipper ends, 1/4″ inside tote edges.

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Stitch it! Sisters with Deanna Springer and Dana Casey 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.

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  • Meet lower tote gusset seams. Stitch.

 

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  • Repeat for opposite gusset seam.
  • Turn Insulated Lunch Tote right side out and enjoy!

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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 Toteyou’ll supply the thread.

 

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8 Comments

  • Karen L
    March 13, 2021

    What a cute but also practical bag. It’s so much cheaper to carry your lunch wherever you go and only eat out occasional. Makes the eating out special that way. Also you can regulate what you are eating and stay healthier. Thanks so much for this tutorial. Keep those great patterns coming stitch-it-sisters.

  • CLOVIS
    March 13, 2021

    Haven’t been on a picnic in a long time. The lunch bag is great for keeping your food hot/cold.

  • Shirl Carter
    March 13, 2021

    I love the picnic tote bag. It’s not where I like to go to have a picnic, but who I take with me on the picnic. My precious grand daughter and I would have so much fun laying on a quilt and just enjoying each other’s company. We would, of course, pack lots of snacks and juices.

  • Cynthia Huggins
    March 14, 2021

    Our family’s favorite picnic spot is Rifle Falls in beautiful Colorado! The best picnics are when all of our Colorado family is together. The picnic tote would be a wonderful addition for our lunches

  • Vivian
    March 14, 2021

    We’ve recently moved to a new area & are exploring local parks. I think my favorite picnic spot so far would be Mt. Magazine National Park. Thanks for all your great projects!

  • Cynthia
    March 15, 2021

    My favorite place to picnic is wherever we are fishing. We take all our picnic supplies in the boat and eat on the water..

  • Julie K
    March 15, 2021

    My favorite place to picnic is my husbands parents old farmsite! Huge Old Trees dancing in the wind, lots of bunnies and peaceful!
    I have a favorite old quilt that my grandmother made to put down on the grass,

  • Dixie
    March 16, 2021

    My favorite place to have a picnic is in Wheatland Wyo. by the lake.

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