Sunday, October 2, 2011

Tammy’s New Lunch Bag

It took all day for me to put my new lunch bag together yet not one bit of the construction was difficult. I started after breakfast and had expected to be done well before noon. Somehow cooking, laundry and other chores kept getting in the way.

I found the pattern in a library book: Bag Boutique – Making Fabulous Purses & Totes written by Amy Barickman. This is the Donna Bag. There is only one pattern piece given; the rest are measurements. The shape looks very similar to the In-Style SuitcaseBag pattern by Indygo Junction.

Upholstery weight fabric (preferably an odd color and/or pattern) was my first choice. However, there wasn’t any on the shelf so I ended up choosing from the denim/pocket lining scraps basket. And this time, I think I really am at the end of the cat fabric as I had to piece the bottom gusset. For the interfacing, I was finally able to use up all of the small bits I’d been too frugal to pitch. I found some cotton batting and used that for interlining. I really hoped to use metal rings for the handles but I had only two that matched and needed four. Instead, I cut longer strips, securing them to the bag with topstitching and rivets. Another pattern change: a pocket added to the front.

The bag still needs a piece of plastic to lay in the bottom for support. Since I used things that were already here, it makes sense to avoid having to purchase the plastic. I’m thinking a plastic milk jug just might be the answer – even if it has to be pieced. I could make it a little slip cover and no one would be the wiser. Well, except us…

This is a good, simple bag. One could go a hundred ways with this pattern and they would all be right.

My bag could benefit from binding the interior seams (I serged them) and the use of a heftier interfacing (though this isn't bad). I’m fairly happy with how it turned out and I won’t have any qualms about tossing it into the washer and dryer.

The resized Burda blouse is next.


  1. you must be so relieved to see the last of the denim. I love the bag! it's super cute, nice use of rivets too. Must look that bag out.

  2. Very chic lunch bag! Much better than an old plastic carrier bag from the grocery store.

  3. I'm very jealous - I wanted to make myself a lunch bag but decided I really didn't have time to do it so I ended up buying one at Walmart. Yours looks so nice that now I'm rethinking. :-)

  4. Sorry to disappoint, Mary Nanna, but there are several yards of the denim left! The scrap basket was overflowing and this project incorporated by attempts at control and frugality. I wasn't sure I was going to like the bag style and thought it wise to try it out on scraps. I will sew something non-denim soon. I promise!

  5. Looks great. Can I have one for Christmas?

  6. Wow! That's a beautiful bag! How wonderful that you were able to make it from things you already had around the house.

  7. I love that bag! And the lining. Much cuter than the neoprene bag I got from Target! MUCH cuter.