Blackboard/Chalk Cloth Lunchbag

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Introduction: Blackboard/Chalk Cloth Lunchbag

Due to the overwhelming response, I am asking for your support so I can manufacture these and get them in stores. I made some design changes...check out http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/575209219/write-on-lunch-bag and support me!

An easy, fun way to make your kids lunch special. An easy-to-sew lunchbag. Write an important note to your kid, remind them of an upcoming test, let them know what’s for lunch or just tell them how special they are. It easily wipes clean with a paper towel.

Step 1: Cut Pieces

Cut two 9 ½ x 13 pieces of blackboard/chalk cloth (bellocchio.com)

Step 2: Pin & Sew

Pin right sides together and sew 3 sides, leaving a short side open.
I cut the “open side” with pinking shears (not shown)
Make sure to reinforce the corners by backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam.

Step 3: Pull Bag Into Shape

Pull the bag at its sides so a
diamond shape is formed on top.

Mark 2 inches from point of
diamond to middle of diamond and sew across. Reinforce seams. 

Cut off the corners about ¼” from seam.

Step 4: Turn Inside Out


Turn the bag right side out.

For closure, attach one half of a Velcro sticker to the top portion of one side, roll down and attach the other half to the other side.
 

Step 5: Easily Wipes Down

It easily wipes clean with a damp paper towel.

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JUST CAME ACROSS THIS...GOOD IDEA...HOPE YOU DON'T MIND A SUGGESTION? DOING THIS IN HALF CHALK CLOTH AND THE OTHER HALF IN COLOR TO MAKE IT MORE INTERESTING...MORE CHOICES. YOU DON'T NEED THAT MUCH TO WRITE ON.

Of course not! I like your suggestion. thanks!

Awesome! This is super cool!

Sew in some type of insulation for a better insulating one. to keep your lunch cooler longer.

I'm an old design engineer who has hired a lot of newly graduated engineers. Creativity like yours is what we look for but seldom find. Consider a profession related to product design.

thanks for the great compliment, Paul

This is just plain fun! Looks cool too, and is reusable. Even if the cloth is expensive it's worth it for the uniqueness of it. It would make a fun gift sack too, a sack that is part of the gift.

Due to hurricane Irene, I couldn't reply sooner.
Thank you all for the wonderful comments and ideas. Maybe I should try to patent this idea!

Thanks again. I love this site and its members!!

Cute bag, but if you are going to make these, please check the fine print on the chalk cloth you use. Much of it is not food safe or safe for kids under age 12. I have purchased some that advertised use for making kids products only to find in the small print that it wasn't safe to use. Same with oil cloth. These materials most of the time contain BPA and the oils in the materials get on the little ones hands and then in their mouths without even noticing.

I think this is an adorable idea!

As for overkill; that's probably in the eye of the beholder. Some of us enjoy making things, others not so much. Actually, making stuff is why I bought and renew my Instructables membership. As for cost: what's the difference between paying for oil cloth and paper bags? As for product placement: the children of oil cloth people need to eat, too!

I found a more cost-effective blackboard oil cloth here (thanks Google): http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/chalkcloth-fabric/black-chalkcloth-fabric-.htm?gclid=COrt27WV8qoCFUEEQAodO1WuPw

I'm not sure blackboard paint would adhere well to regular oil cloth, but that's another example of how people who like to make stuff themselves think! Which cycles this comment back to "overkill is in the eye of the beholder".

Thanks for sharing a cute idea!