Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tute-Happy Summer: Zig Zag Lunch Bag

We're continuing our Tute-Happy Summer series today with a tutorial for an easy lunch bag, perfect for an impromptu picnic. We've used the cheery red and white prints from the Graphix 3 collection and added a little rick rack just for fun. Enjoy the tutorial and then find the details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a bundle of Graphix 3 prints to play with!

1/2 yard each 2 red prints
12" white rick rack
Two 12" x 16" batting pieces

Here are our two Graphix 3 reds:

From each red print:
Two 12" x 16" pieces

Step 1: Layer a 12" x 16" outer red piece on a 12" x 16" batting piece. Pin the rick rack in place, 4-1/2" up from the bottom, and stitch across the center of the rick rack to secure.

Step 2: Layer the second outer red piece on top, right sides together, and add the second batting piece on top. Pin around the sides and bottom.

Step 3: Stitch around the sides and bottom using a 1/4" seam allowance. 
Step 4: Cut 2-1/4" squares out of the bottom corners.

Step 5: Box the corners by aligning the side and bottom seam as shown. Stitch across the opening. Repeat on opposite corner.

Step 6: Using the two 12" x 16" lining pieces, make the lining in the same way. Be sure to leave a 6" opening along the bottom for turning.

Step 7: Tuck the outer bag (still wrong side out) inside the lining so right sides are facing. Match raw edges and pin along the top edge.

Step 8: Stitch along the top edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn the bag right side out through the opening and stitch the opening closed. 
Step 9: Tuck the lining inside the bag and adjust so the lining corners and outer bag corners are aligned. Topstitch along the top edge of the bag.
Step 10: Press the bag to create creases at the corners, running from the top to the base of the bag. These will be approximately 2" out from the side seams. 

Step 11: Pin the creases from bag base to top and stitch using a 1/8" seam allowance. This will give the bag shape and body.  Repeat on all four corners.

And your lunch bag is ready to go--simply add a sandwich, chips, carrot sticks, a drink, and a napkin! 

For a chance to win a bundle of Graphix 3 prints, leave us a comment letting us know that you follow us on the blog or on Facebook. Also tell us about your favorite lunchbox/bag from your childhood. Giveaway is open through Sunday, July 12th at 11:59 pm EST. This giveaway is now closed, but be sure to check out our other tutorials, as we'll be sharing a tutorial and hosting a giveaway each week!

Check out each week of our Summer of Tutes!
Week 1: Sunglasses case  featuring Graphix 3
Week 2: The overnight bag featuring Who's Who

Week 3: Tablet case featuring Jungle Party 
Week 4: Patriotic pennants featuring Tone on Tone 
Week 5: Melon mini featuring Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz
Week 9: Elegant clutch featuring Jungle Party 
Week 10: Modern table runner featuring Prairie Cloth Solids 
Week 12: Nautical mini featuring Prairie Cloth Solids

Announcing our Melon Mini Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz bundle winner:
Brandy Pettit

Brandy, we'll be emailing you for your mailing address!


  1. I follow Inspired by Fabric on Facebook. Great corners, thank you for the tutorial. I had a Wonder Woman Lunch box. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I follow the blog on bloglovin as jenbarnard. My favourite lunchbox was red with a yellow handle, it had Postman Pat on the lid.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  3. Following on bloglovin'. Metal lunchbox was my favorite, still use it to hold yarn balls.

  4. I am a Bloglovin' follower! My favorite lunchbox from childhood was a metal one with The Partridge Family painted on the side. Keith Partridge (David Cassidy) was sooo hot back then! (He has not aged well.)

  5. Following on Bloglovin'. I had the infamous brown paper bag in elementary school (if my Mom allowed me to pack my own lunch - we had to buy our lunches, mostly). Thank you,

  6. I don't think I ever had a lunchbox as a kid. I always bought lunch in the school cafeteria. I follow the blog via GFC.

  7. I never had a lunch box. I follow via FB and GFC

  8. I follow Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin. When I was a little girl in the 1950's, I didn't take my lunch to school but I took 3 dimes tied into the corner of a handkerchief to pay for my meal. I still have the handkerchiefs !

  9. I follow the blog through email. My favorite lunch bag was a brown paper sack. One of these fancy cloth lunch bags would have thrilled me to death! I can't believe my wonderful sewing mama didn't think of it! I guess she was too busy making a living, taking care of me and my brother and making us clothes to think of a lunch bag.

  10. Gorgeous .I've never had a lunchbox,I use plastic bag.
    I do follow the blog by email

  11. My favorite lunch box had Buffy and Mrs. Beesly from Family Affair on it. :)
    I follow via e-mail.

  12. I follow you with bloglovin. I remember having a Disney Babies lunch box when I was at school - one of those with the flask inside - I loved it! x

  13. I follow via blog lovin. I remember having a Minnie Mouse lunch box xx
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  14. I follow your blog via email. Love the lunch bag!

  15. I follow Email & Bloglovin :)

    Love the Lunchbag!! Would be fun for my Working Daughter's! :)

  16. I follow via Facebook and email. As for my favorite lunchbox, it actually currently belongs to a friend. It's a vintage mailbox, and he's a letter carrier. He uses it every day.

  17. I follow the blog by email. It's been too many years to remember what the theme of my lunchbox was, but it was metal and I took hot tea in the thermos in winter. Cute lunchbag!

  18. I follow by email. I don't think I ever had a lunchbox either, I almost always bought my lunch. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  19. I follow with GFC. We never got to take a lunch to school unless it was a field trip and then we just had a paper bag.

  20. I didn't have a lunch box. But I can remember I liked the batman lunch boxes I saw in the stores. I liked watching batman with my brother when I was a kid.

  21. I follow via Bloglovin' and my favorite lunch box has My Little Ponies on it! I kept it until middle school!!

  22. I didn't ever have a lunch box. My sandwich would be wrapped in plastic and put in the bottom of my bag. I follow you via Bloglovin'

  23. I follow on Bloglovin. I had a Flintstones lunch box. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

  24. I follow through Bloglovin. All I remember getting are brown lunch sacks.

  25. What a fun lunchbag! I follow you via Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. I follow via Bloglovin. Thanks for all the cute ideas and the chance to win!