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Back-to-School Tote Lunch Bag


Check out my latest tutorial, on how to make this padded lunch bag, perfect for getting ready for going back to school.

This creative pattern was a free pattern by sewcanshe found on Pinterest 😊


Here is what you will need:

From the Times table cotton print, denim cotton and the batting you will need to cut the following pieces: • 2 rectangles 7 ½” x 11” (front and back) • 1 rectangle 6 ¾” x 8 ¾” (bottom) • 2 rectangles 5” x 11 ½” (sides) • 2 strips 2 ¼” x 11 ½” (zipper panels) For the handle fabric, you need to cut two extra pieces from the denim cotton measuring 4” x 12” each.


Other supplies: • Temporary basting spray 505 • 12” zip • Cutting mat, rotary cutter and other basin sewing supplies.

Let’s begin: Step 1 Start by basting the layers of fabric of the same size together, creating a quilt sandwich, do this with front and back pieces and the bottom of the bag. With the zipper panels and the side pieces of fabric only attach the batting the exterior fabric.




Step 2: Next, we will tackle the zip…


Once the zip is attached, press and top stitch in place


Repeat process for attaching the other side of the zip.



Attach the sides


The reverse


Step 2: Making the handles

Take the two strips and press in half length ways


Fold in half again, and top stitch along each edge


Take you front piece and pin your handle 1 ½” away from the edge of the fabric


Fold the 1 ½” overlap towards the middle and sew this flap in place


Repeat this process for the other handle on the back of the bag, note where the stitches lay.


Step 3:

We are now going to sew the bag together, to make sure it lines up, make a mark with a fabric marker showing you where the center of the top piece of the bag is and center zipper panel.


Make sure you leave the zip open.


Repeat this process for the side of the bag




Step 4:

You can choose to add binding at this stage, to neaten the raw edges, trim the excess fabric on the corners, so you get a neater finish, when turned the right way out.


You're all set for school! Thanks for reading, happy crafting.



This tutorial is written by creativeblonde for The Craft Cotton Company 2017

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