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Asako Sakai on craftsy.com
Sydney, Australia

Hello! I design and make handmade accessories for kids and grownups, using a lot of lovely Japanese fabrics, both traditional and contemporary. I also love using organic fabrics as much as possible, ...

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Insulated Tote-Style Lunch Bag Pattern

from Piggledee
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Insulated Tote-Style Lunch Bag Pattern
Insulated Tote-Style Lunch Bag Pattern
Insulated Tote-Style Lunch Bag Pattern
Insulated Tote-Style Lunch Bag Pattern
Insulated Tote-Style Lunch Bag Pattern
Insulated Tote-Style Lunch Bag Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • sew a straight seam
  • sew a zig zag stitch

Pattern Description:

Are you looking for an insulated lunch bag that is super cute as well as functional? With this in-depth pattern, you can make one in no time! This pattern will make a good-sized Esky-style lunch bag suitable for a child or a grownup. It has waterproof lining for easy cleaning and care.

I sell these handmade lunch bags on Etsy as well, but since they are very popular, I decided to write the pattern as well.

You'll enjoy working with different materials, and perhaps learn a new skill or two, such as:

* how to insert a zipper
* how to make a lined zipper bag
* how to work with materials like nylon and Insul-Bright
* how to make a bag with a flat bottom.

You can see more photos of finished sample lunch bags here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121585663/insulated-lunch-tote-bag-with-waterproof?

You can also read more about this lunch bag in my blog post here:

The best part of the pattern is its new format: I use a landscape, presentation-style format with large, clear photos (and so many of them, too), and easy-to-follow steps in large text, presented in bullet points. It is perfect for viewing on your laptop screen or tablet as you sew, without the need to be printed out.

I actually won't recommend printing it out if you can help it. The PDF pattern is 20+ pages long, and will take a lot of paper and ink.

I hope you'll love the pattern as much as I do. I spent a lot of time working on it, so even a beginner should be able to make this bag. I had FIVE people test out the pattern for me, and they all raved about it!

If you have questions, just send me an email at asako@piggledee.com.au.

Happy sewing... happy lunch time!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 11 1/4" (28cm) wide at the top, 8.5" (22cm) long, and 4 1/4" (11cm) deep


  • Woven fabric (1/3 yard)
  • Rip-stop nylon (1/3 yard)
  • Insul-Bright batting (1/3 yard)
  • Zipper (12" or longer x 1)
  • Cotton tape or lightweight webbing (28")

You Will Also Need:

  • Thread
  • Sewing machine with zig zag capability
  • Iron
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pen

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