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Here's a nice reusable alternative to plastic bags for your lunch. It's waterproof on the inside.  You can wipe clean or stick it in the wash.  
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Step 1: Supplies

  • Fabric – one decorative piece for the outside and one nylon “windbreaker” type piece
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine, Scissors, ruler

Step 2: Cut fabric

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Cut both pieces of fabric pieces 8-9” x 16”.  I find using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat is easiest but you could also measure it out with a pencil and ruler.

Step 3: Begin sewing

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Put the right sides together and sew a 1/2” seam starting at a long side and ending leaving a 2-3” opening at the top. Trim the corners and turn right side out.

Step 4: Top Seam

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Fold in the opening and top sew all the way across the top to close the opening.  You could slip-stitch the opening closed but quickness is a priority with me over neatness.

Step 5:

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Fold down one end 2” showing the nylon fabric. Fold up the rest of the fabric so that the bottom meets the top of the folded down part. Pin sides. The outside will be showing.

Step 6: Finish

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Sew 3/8” seam on both sides.  Note that this is sewing the folded down part too.

Step 7:

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That's it! Insert your sandwich and fold over the top just like you would the plastic bags.
mishka6261 year ago
Could you tell me the dimensions of the fabric? Thanks!
Nice design :) So did you dye that fabric yourself?
Thanks. Yes I did. Please see my first instructable on sun-printing.