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For a fun project that's really easy, try this lunch bag. Here's how it's done.
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Step 1: Materials list

1/2 yard of sturdy fabric for the bag
1/2 yard of oilcloth (for lining)
18" of piping
Velcro for closing
thread, scissors, ruler, pins, sewing needle, craft glue
1 jazzy decoration (we used a black flower with a 'parkly middle)
1 button
1 covered ponytail elastic

We'll be using a 1/2" seam allowance throughout, except for the top stitching.

Step 2: Cut the pieces

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1. Cut two 12"x14" pieces of the bag fabric. Cut a 2"x2" square from the bottom left and bottom right.
2. Cut two 12"x14" pieces of the lining fabric. Cut a 2"x2" square from the bottom left and bottom right.
3. Cut one 8"X6" piece of the bag fabric (for the flap) and one 8"x6" piece of the lining fabric (for the underside of the flap)
4. Fold the flap pieces in half (6" sides together). Using a saucer as a guide, trace a curve onto the flap pieces.
5. Trim the curve.

Step 3: Sew the flap

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1. Sew the piping to the right side of the flap lining. Clip the piping to ease onto the curves.
2. Place the right side of the flap fabric onto the right side of the lining. Sew close to the piping. Trim the seams. Turn the flap so that the right sides are out. Press the fabric side, being careful not to hit the oilcloth lining with the hot iron.

Step 4: Sew the bag

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1. With right sides together, sew the side seams...
2. and the bottom seam. Line up the two seams, as shown in the second photo, and flatten.
3. Stitch that short (4") seam on both sides.
4. Turn the bag right side out. Kinda cute, isn't it?
5. Go through steps 1-4 with the lining fabric. Don't turn it right side out; you want the seams to be hidden between the layers.
6. Slide the lining bag into the outer bag.
7. To reinforce the bag, make a 1/8" seam up all four sides and along the base. Be sure to catch the lining in these seams for support.
Oh, that is so, so cute! Just love the fabric and the flower! Wonderful :)
Dr. P (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you! And it was fun to do, too.
What a great project
Dr. P (author)  emilyvanleemput2 years ago
It was fun from start (picking out the fabric and the flower) to finish! Thanks!