Do you have kids at home? Are they school-goers? Or, strangely enough, are you a kid yourself? Lunch in a lunch box is typical for all kids going to school. It seems a safe way around from all the recurring health concerns so rampant these days. You might make things easy for you by allowing lunch money for the kids. But whatever they purchase, as harmless as a sandwich might sound, homemade lunch is always the healthiest way to go.
But how do they carry the food? Well, the old days are gone for good, as now we have all forms of exciting ideas in every aspect of our livelihoods. Lunch bags are a craze of their own. Beautiful lunch bags are now being sold in almost every outlet these days. All the kids are now proud owners of cool, sophisticated lunch bags. However, we here, have attempted a try at a level further than simply purchasing those from stores. We are here to enlighten you all about the ways in which you can literally “create” your own lunch bags at home; with some lavish designs as well. Uniqueness can never be ensured any better.
We would provide brief tutorials on various types of lunch bags that be made at home. We have tried to keep them different from each other, so as to let you choose your desired lunch bag according to your necessity.
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To begin with, the step that is common for all the aforementioned types of lunch bags, you have to collect all the materials necessary for the fabrication. In this case, a substantial amount of cloth with a print of your choice, ribbon, Velcro, spray adhesive, sewing machine, ruler, chalk, and scissors are needed. Once all these materials have been assembled, cut the fabric according to the following instructions: 4 pieces of 8 by 4 inches (Fragment A), 2 pieces of 25 by 7 inches (Fragment B) and 2 pieces of 4 by 4 inches (Fragment C). Cut and take 3 inches of Velcro and 7 inches of ribbon. We mention again, take any print of your choice. It is you who would be using it, not us; your choice is what actually matters.
Now apply adhesive spray to all pairs of similarly sized fabrics on one side. To make things better, you can take one piece from each pair and replace them with vinyl to make the bag waterproof. But that is a complexity we will be avoiding in this simplistic tutorial. Attach the fabrics after applying the spray. Use the chalk to mark on the largest piece of fabric to attach the pocket. Fragment C was intended to be the pocket; something which we cannot just stick with adhesive. Hence, use the sewing machine to sew it onto Fragment B. Make sure you leave one end open, or else there would not be any meaning of having this extra piece of cloth. After this is successfully done, mark a suitable spot for attaching the Velcro, and once done, sew it onto the cloth. Make sure the Velcro is well oriented. As for the handle, simply repeat the process you followed for the Velcro.
Finally, once all the accessories are well attached, it is time to complete the final sewing. Sew along all the edges of the clothes. The dimensions from the top should be 25 by 8 inches. Sew accordingly, and you will be the proud owner of a simple, yet elegant, lunch bag.
The idea here is to create a lunch bag that appears like a cute little purse, which promises to be a lovely gift for young daughters going to school. Required matters have to be collected, and are as follows: a couple of 27 by 14 inches fabrics, 27 by 14 inches interfacing, and a little Velcro. Note that the choice and design of the fabric is down to you and your taste. Once assembled, fold the fabric to more than half according to your choice of the overlapping flap of the bag. We recommend not to take less than 3 inches. Make four imaginary lines 2 inches away from all the edges of the fabric. Cut out the top to squares created at the vertices of the fabric. As for the bottom squares, cut the horizontal parts only. Fold them inwards, and start sewing the fabric across the edges. Put the bottom part upward, and install a chain if you wish to, but is really not necessary. With a few fine touches, the bag should be ready.
In addition to all these, you might want to add another layer over the outside portion of the fabric used, hence the mention of interfacing previously. Furthermore, use vinyl for making it waterproof if required. A large, bright button might also be added to add to the cuteness. The entire process should not take long, as we have informed you of only the very basic methods to create a lunch bag that looks like a purse. We hope the children will love the concept, and start taking homemade lunch to school right away.
The couple of bags of which we gave brief tutorials above, we pretty unsophisticated and physically wobbly in stature. This, however, is an attempt at producing a lunch bag whose core feature would be to stand rigid and prevent any subtle physical damage to delicate food, such as fruit cakes or mutton kebabs. The materials required are as follows: 2 pieces of 12 by 10 inches flap, 2 pieces of desired fabric with choice design and of similar dimensions, vinyl fabric in case you want to make the bag waterproof and wipeable inside, stabilizers and 3 inch Velcro.
Initially, sew the stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric to achieve the principal aim of such a bag: rigidity. Sew 2 inches from inside the bottom, on both sides. Repeat this step for the vertical sides as well, but not the top portion. Attach the Velcro right in the middle of the right side of the fabric. Pin the outer fabric pieces right sides together, and sew along the sides and bottom with a half inch seam. Take the bottom corners and squeeze out triangle shapes. Sew them. This is to enable the bag to stand upright. Now the only job remaining is to shape the bag accordingly. The basic shape has been created. More sewing will achieve more accuracy and style. You can add some added stitches with multi-colored strings to add a fashion sense, in case the base fabric chosen was of a contrasting color to the string you use.
Now that the lunch bag is ready to load it up with heavy food items and check the durability of the structure. I am sure; you will be impressed and delighted.
Finally, we bring you a short tutorial on a chubby lunch bag that promises to be spacious enough to contain an entire meal including modest starters and desserts. The principal focus is to make it engorged and useful. Materials required are as follows: 2 pieces of 15 inches fabric (one for the inside, the other for the outside), a 12 by 8 inches fabric for the handles, a 12 inch zipper, sufficient vinyl (which in this case is deemed mandatory by us, as the sheer amount of food might make it vulnerable to spillages), 20 inches of insulated batting, basting spray and 70 inches of bias tape. Again, the choice of fabric used is solely up to your choice. We would recommend using high-quality fabric due to the potential weight of the bag.
Start cutting the fabric accordingly. From the exterior and lining fabric, cut out 2 pieces of 7 by 11 inches for the front and back, and 2 pieces of 5 by 4 inches for the sides. From the insulated batting, take the exact dimensions of fabric. As for the handle, 10 by 5 inches should be sufficient. Once the cutting is completed, sandwich the fabric with the batting piece, using the basting spray. Cut out a zipper panel in sync with the dimensions of the zipper shape.
Gently sew the zipper onto the top fabric using a sewing machine. The edges have to be attached by sewing as well. You should follow the sewing instructions given in the previous sections of this article. We would not mention those again for the sake of reducing redundancy. After the sewing is done, attach the handles in any way you like. Do not spread them out too much, as that would lead the top of the bag to shrink inwards, and make the bag lose the classy look. Trim out any edges that are not in shape, and you have a puffy lunch bag ready for use.
Producing anything at home by hand is a sign of creativity. We have tried to initiate the creative genius in you through this article, and at the same time, raise awareness against eating food at restaurants or canteens which might not always be hygienic. Make your own lunch bags, use them, and encourage your children to do the same. There is nothing healthier than home cooked food, carried inside a lunch bag you created yourself.
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