This was a really fun, fairly quick, project that I made this week. I already gave you a sneak peek the other day of the first 'quilt as you go' panel that I made for the lunch box, and now I can show you the finished item.
I mentioned the other day that I recently started a bit of a casual/on-call job in the office at my kids' school. I won't have a ton of shifts, but when I go I will need to bring a lunch and the plastic shopping bag I used the other day was not good enough! For this bag, I used a tutorial by Svetlana, which I would definitely recommend. The finished size of my lunch box is approximately 8" high, 9.5" wide, and 3.5" deep. Definitely big enough to hold enough food for a lunch, probably even including a few containers if necessary.
I used this fun gray/white dot for the lining of the bag and the flap, and I think the lining is just as fun as the exterior (which by the way, is just as scrappy and colourful as it looks :)
Close-up of some of the fabrics used on the back (above) and front (below) of the lunch box.
......and the nicely finished bottom corners which Svetlana outlines very well in her tutorial, if you've never done this method before. It allows the lunch box to stand on its own.
So, because I used a quilt as you go method to put together the parts of this bag, I did make some modifications to Svetlana's tutorial. I did not use fusible fleece for the exterior panels. Also, only because I couldn't find any medium-weight interfacing locally this week, I used two layers of a light-weight for the lining pieces. Also you may have noticed that I shortened the carrying strap. I wanted it to be more of a handle vs. a shoulder strap so I just about halved the length of the strap. This was all going well until it came time to attach it to the bag, and the way Svetlana designed it, it did not work at all with a short strap! So what I had to do was sew the bag together without the handle, then later unpick the stitches at each side, insert the strap, and enclose it with the top-stitching. Phew! It worked out after all. :)
I go to work twice this week and will definitely enjoy using my new lunch box.
Have a good weekend everyone!