Introduction: Angry Birds, Pig, Insulated Bag With Free Pattern

About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.
I have never played the game Angry Birds before, but I fell in love with the pig. I think he is adorable. A person could use this same principle to make any simple character for a shirt, bag, or maybe apply the design to a pair of jeans.  I thought he looked awesome!.  I made this removable insulated bag so it could have different uses such as a lunch bag, grocery bag, tote, or even a purse. This is a great way to re-use an insulated bag.  Mine was damaged so I had to cut it down.  You can simply make one bag with handles slightly larger than an insulated bag and place the insulated bag into the new bag.  Then there is only one bag to make.The tote is large enough to carry things that you may need for your outing.  It is pretty easy to make and can be hand sewn in a short time. It could be glued if you wanted. I am not sure about using hemming tape on the vinyl tote, because you need a hot iron, but it would be worth a try. The character could be painted using fabric paint. Follow through and I will show you how easy it is to make.

Step 1: Supplies

1 Vinyl table cloth piece 15 1/2" X 18" cut on the fold.
1 Cotton fabric piece (purple)  8 "X 11" cut on the fold.
1 Cotton fabric piece (green)  4 1/2" X 6" cut on the fold. 
 1 Vinyl insulated bag;  cut (2)  15" X 14" with the handles centered in the middle.  You will use the handles for the tote. 
My insulated bag handles did not match the fabric I was using,  so I removed the handles and made a cover for them. If your handles match,  this step is not needed, just remove the handles and they will be re-attached later.
Cut 2 handles from purple fabric 22" X 15", these will be used to cover the handles. 
Matching thread
Sewing needle
Silk flower, ribbon, or buttons for embellishments optional
Black, white, green, purple embroidery thread
Embroidery hoop
Embroidery transfer pen
Angry birds pig pattern :
Tracing paper 
Clothes pin
Paper bag is for an alternate pattern if you want to make it real easy.  Take it apart at all the seams to see how it was made.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

Measure and cut the fabric:

1 Vinyl table cloth piece cut on the fold 15 1/2" X 18" this will become the bottom of the bag.
1 Cotton fabric piece (purple) cut  8 "X 11" place on fold with the short side on the fold. This will become  the top of the pocket.
1 Cotton fabric piece (green) cut 4 1/2" X 6" on the fold This will become the pocket design.
2 Cotton fabric pieces (purple) cut 22" X 5" for handles please read bottom note.
1 Vinyl insulated bag cut 2 pieces 15" X 14" with the handles centered in the middle.  You will be using all the layers you cut for the insulated bag plus the handles and Velcro closure. The insulated bag will go inside the tote as a remove-able bag. 
Cut 2 handles from purple fabric 22" X 15" if the handles do not match the fabric.

My insulated bag handles did not match the fabric I was using,  so I removed the handles and made a cover for them. If your handles match the bag you are making; then don't cut the handle pieces from the purple fabric. 

Step 3: Tools

Seam ripper optional
Sewing pins
Glue and glue gun if you want to add embellishments. I chose not to attach the embellishments because I wanted the bag to be washable.
Sewing machine or sew by hand
Clothes pin
Embroidery hoop
Tracing paper
Embroidery transfer pen

Step 4: Embroider

Beaten up pig picture link:
Print picture
Using the transfer pencil and some tracing paper; trace the image a couple of times onto the tracing paper to ensure a sharp clear copy.
Fold the green cloth in half wrong sides together.
Place the folded green cloth right side up on the ironing board.
Center the image over the cloth.
Iron according to the transfer pencil's directions to transfer the design.
Place the cloth with the image on it  into the embroidery hoop.
Embroider the design.
Remove embroidered design from the hoop.

Step 5: Sew Pig to Purple Fabric

Turn under 1/4" on 3 sides of the purple fabric using the fold for the top of the pocket.
Press for a finished edge to sew to the tote later.
Center the pig on the purple fabric;  with the top of the pig lined up with the top of the purple fabric. 
Pin into place.
Hand stitch or machine sew the green fabric design to the purple fabric on all four sides making a 1/4" seam.. 
Trim excess thread.
Set aside until later.
Please read the bottom note.
For all seam allowances use 1/4"throughout this instructable unless stated differently. 

Step 6: Sew Pig to Front Tote Piece

Arrange the pocket on the tote. Mine is approximately 7" from the bottom of the tote, before it is sewn. 
Pin the purple and green pig to the tote for a pocket.
Hand or machine stitch on three sides leaving the top open for the pocket. 

Step 7: Sew the Sides

Pin the tote front to the tote back wrong sides together.
Turn the sides under 1/4" and pin the front to the back at the sides; to be sewn later. 
Tuck the bottom of the tote up towards the inside of bag; between the front and the back sections about 2".
Smooth out the fabric so there are not wrinkles.
Pin the bottom at the sides to be sewn. 
Machine stitch or hand sew the side seams of the tote. 

Step 8: Sew Insulated Bag

With wrong sides together pin the front of the insulated bag to the back of the insulated bag at the side seams.
Tuck the bottom up into the bag about 2"
Pin into place to be sewn.
Machine stitch or hand sew the side seams.
Trim loose threads.  
Place the insulated bag into the tote to check the fit.
Take in or let out the seam as needed.

Step 9: Handles

Remove the handles from the insulated bag using the seam ripper.
If the handles need a covering;  then cut out 2 pieces of the purple fabric 22"X 5".
With wrong sides together fold each of the the strips lengthwise in half.
Open up the fold and:
Fold each of the 2 long side strips, lengthwise again to meet the center of the fold.
Fold each strip over in half,  lengthwise again to meet the sides.
Place the handle strips in between the purple strips and pin together.
Hand stitch or machine sew the folded seam.
Trim loose threads.
Next step.

Step 10: Hem Top of Tote

Place the insulated bag inside the tote.
Fold the opening edge of the tote under 2".
Fold the tote fabric again to meet the top of the insulated liner so it hides the liner just slightly. 
Remove the insulated bag..
Sew the hem at the top of the opening of the tote close to the fold.

Step 11: Placement and Sewing the Handles to the Tote

Place each purple handle centered on the tote spaced 4" apart. or use the insulated bag handles and follow these directions.
Trim Threads.

Step 12: Embellish

Embellish with buttons, ribbon, flowers, or what ever you like.  Just remember if you are using it in such a way that cleaning will be necessary then add things that can be removed or washed. 

Step 13: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

We are finished! Now you have a stylish insulated lunch bag, grocery bag, tote or handbag. The best part is you can remove the insulated bag so it can have other purposes.  Not to mention you are the only one that is sporting one like this! Unless they happen to see this tutorial and make one just like this one.

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