Aug 20, 2010

Vintage Sheet Lunch Bag Tutorial

Sorry I was MIA all week, first week of school for the girlies.  Enjoy this fun tutorial from Kathleen of My World.  This would be perfect for back to school:)

You won't mind "brown bagging it" with this fresh looking lunch bag that can be used over and over.  And it's easy to make! 

Step 1: Gather your materials
1 piece of vintage linen cut 11" x 20"  (bag exterior)
2 pieces of vintage linen cut 3" x 12" (bag handles)
1 piece of solid coordinating fabric cut 11" x 20" (lining)
2 pieces of solid coordinating fabric cut 5" x 5" (flower)
Ric Rac

Step 2: Construct handles
Press both 3"x12" pieces in half lengthwise.
Fold long edge in to pressed line on each side.
Press each of these new edges, but don't press over the first pressed line. 
Fold in half again lengthwise.
Top stitch close to each edge.
Set aside.

Step 3: Construct bag exterior

Fold 11"x 20" piece of vintage linen in half, right sides together.
Sew along both sides.
Draw a 1" square at each corner of the bottom of this piece.
Cut out square.
Manipulate one of the bottom corners that you cut so that sewn seam touches the start of the bottom fold - you should have raw edges of fabric on each side of this point - sew together to form one side of a square bottom.

 Repeat with the other cut corner.

Step 4. Construct liner

Same way you constructed the exterior...

Step 5: Put it all together

Turn liner bag right side out. 
Place liner bag inside exterior of bag (which is inside out... so right sides are together). 
Place handles between these two pieces with the raw edges of the handle just barely sticking out. The ends of the handle should be about 3" apart.  Pin in place.  Do this with each handle.  (You may find it easier to place the handles if you pin them just to the exterior first, then insert the liner and repin.)
Stitch almost all the way around, leaving about 2 - 3" unsewn.
Use opening left to turn bag right side out.
Topstitch all the way around the top of the bag including the opening you left.

Step 6: Embellishing
Topstitch ric-rac just below the edge of the top.
Make flower by tracing a circle (I use a small coffee container) and sewing the two 5" squares together on the circle.  In the center of just one of the circles cut a small opening.  

Pull circle through this opening so the seam is inside.  Hand stitch - with large stitches - a circle in the center of the flower; leave long thread hanging.  Stuff the center of this little circle with bits of batting. Pull on thread to gather circle and this will ruffle the outside edges of the large circle and will form the flower.  Hand stitch to the bag around the edge of the little circle.

Load and go!

This was Kathleen's first tutorial... which I think turned out great and so nice of her to share with us.


Sonia said...

I have that same linen, and it's one of my faves :) Cute bag. I love using my vintage linens.

Karen said...

....nice work, auntie!

casserole said...

That's such a cute lunch sack!! I love the ric rac trim!

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Original Mischief said...

Hi! Found you through Mona Kay at Home blog. Love vintage sheets - so versatile for so many things. I love to make Summer dresses out of vintage sheets. Monique xx

fabriquefantastique said...

love this, one of my favorite sheet ideas. (think I may have said that said...

Aww, that is so, so pretty! What a fun conversation piece as well. Thanks so much for this one, I'll be linking.

Starr said...

Love it! My grandmothers just gave me a big assortment of old sheets...though most not as pretty as those featured here. (Thus, called "old" and not "vintage". Ha!)

free indeed said...

She did do a great job and that tote is darling!

Mama Spark said...

I have this exact sheet hanging in my basement right now!!

Theresa said...

I have those same sheets!! I think ive had em since I was little. This is super cute

suezie said...

Your bag is so darn cute! I made something similar to give to my crafty girlfriends last Christmas - didn't think about using a pretty sheet tho' (or rick rack). I did add a strong elastic loop in the side seam in mine so their water bottle would stay standing - found that a uesful addition. Isn't it fab to make such cute items - love em.

House Revivals said...

Love this lunch bag. I'm sitting here in the den of my beach house that were are just beginning to move into, taking a breather from painting and remodeling, and ran across this tutorial. You know what's funny? I have a thrifted vintage sheet thumb-tacked over my window that exactly matches the one you used :)

Stephanie and Carlos said...

I bought the same bed sheet at the treasure shop and cut it up to make a crocheted rag rug!! Hehe...

Xo Steph