Go Green Insulated Lunch Sack

Go Green! Make a reusable lunch sack to tote your lunch. Fits perfectly in a large purse, messenger bag or backpack. This lunch sack is a great back to school project to carry kids’ lunches. Add a personal touch with applique, trims and/or character fabric. Supplies:             Sewing machine in good working order Rotary cutter and cutting mat 6 x 24” acrylic ruler Basic sewing kit (scissors, marking pencil, straight pins, seam ripper etc.) ½ yd cotton fabric (exterior) ½ yd vinyl coated fabric (lining) ¼ yd contrasting cotton fabric (applique & optional binding) ½ yd insulated batting (Insul-Bright or Pellon Insul-Fleece) OR Warm & Natural cotton batting ¼ yd fusible web (Wonder Under, Heat-n-Bond, Steam-A-Seam 2 etc.) 3 inches 1” –wide Velcro Polyester Thread to match fabric/Velcro 12 or 14 Universal Needle

Directions: Use 1/4” seams unless stated otherwise. 1) Layer exterior fabric and batting in this order: Outer fabric face down, Warm & Natural cotton batting, Insul~Bright insulated batting. Using your rotary cutter and 24” acrylic ruler, cut the following panels from the layered fabrics: a. 1 bottom panel - 8.5” x 5.5” (small sack 6.5” x 4.5”) b. 2 front/back panels - 11.5” x 8.5” (small sack (11 x 6.5) c. 2 side panels - 11.5” x 5.5” (small sack 11 X 4.5)

2) Zigzag stitch the entire edge of each panel. Stitches should not extend beyond the ¼” seam allowance. On side panels, stitch a straight line down the center and from the center point 3” from the bottom to each bottom corner. Use the same measurements as the sack exterior (ref a, b & c above) to cut panels for the sack lining. Set lining pieces aside.

3) On the front panel, fuse on name and/or applique motifs using the fusible webbing. Fuse motifs to other panels if desired.

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5” sides. stopping ¼” from the bottom edges. right sides together with lining. in this order: a. back and bottom panels together in the same manner as the outer bag. and mark where the Velcro touches the front piece. overlapping end of binding to the beginning. Fold the sack facing edge under ½” and press. stopping with needle down and pivoting at each corner. Add the back panel to one side of this unit along the 11. 6) Place lining inside the sack. Align top of the sack. stopping ¼” from bottom edge. Do not turn the lining to the right side. Join the opposite side panel to the back panel to create a tube. Stitch together around top edge of sack with a ¼” seam allowance.25” (20” x 1. 2 of 4 . side. Stitch the 3” looped Velcro piece onto the other front piece where the two Velcro pieces would touch. Turn outer bag right sided out. b. pin bottom panel to bottom edges of tube. machine-stitch the 3” soft Velcro piece centered ¼” under the binding/topstitching along the top edge of the front piece. Fold the bag over twice toward the back piece. 5) To make the lining. c. 7) If using binding. Binding will be inside the sack. stopping ¼” from bottom edge. Fold lining edge under ½ and finger press.25” for small bag). and the binding strip together and pin. Align top folded edges of the sack and lining. Try a Teflon presser foot or use masking tape on the edges and sew through all layers to keep the fabric from sticking. d. Create a cute closure by stitching an elastic band into the binding on one side and adding a button on the outside front instead of the Velcro. 8) To create the closure.Go Green Insulated Lunch Sack 4) With right sides together. wrong sides facing. cut a strip of fabric 30” x 1. Topstitch sack and lining together with a ¼” seam allowance. stitch the outer fabric panels.5” side. Fold binding to front and topstitch. Stitch around the bottom. With right sides together. Stitch the side panels to the front panel along the 11. the lining. Other Suggestions:   Vinyl coated fabric can be tricky to sew. sew the front.

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