Thursday, August 8, 2013

DIY Lunch Bag

After reading many posts featuring lunch bags on Love Aesthetics, I finally decided to make my own that I can actually use as a lunch bag. Therefore I sewed a transparent plastic in the inside of the bag to be able to clean it. I kept the idea of using a stationary clip as closing like Ivania Carpio from Love Aesthetics did in her DIY. I added the chain mostly because I know I would otherwise lose the clip within days.
I have to say that sewing the bag was really not a fun thing to do as the fabric was really hard to sew and as I was fearing to destroy the plastic with every stitch I did, but I'm happy with the result and I do think it is worth the work. And when I finally had the idea to prevent the plastic from sticking on the sewing foot by using baby powder, everything got a lot easier.

What you'll need:
Faux leather
Stationary clip
Chain & jump rings  
Fabric scissors
Fabric marker/chalk
Sewing machine / thread / pins / flat iron
Thick plastic square (optional)

Draw and cut one 8cm x 18cm square (bottom) , two 8cm x 27cm (side) and two 18cm x 27cm squares from both the plastic and the leather. A waterproofed marker works best on the plastic.
[If you want to have a more stable bag, cut a thick plastic in to a square measuring about 16cm x 6cm.]

Layer each leather piece with a plastic piece and simply fold over the top edges, iron and sew them.
[Sew the leather and the plastic fabric of the bottom piece on three sides, then insert the plastic square and sew the last side.]

Pin the side and main panels on the bottom piece and sew it.

Sew the side and main pieces together. [ Note: You probably won't be able to sew it to the bottom with your sewing machine if you added the plastic, just finish it by hand. ]

Turn the bag on right and create a little loop out of some leather scraps. Sew it in between one side seam about 3cm away from the opening. Push the chain through the loop and close it with a jump ring. Do the same thing with the other end of the chain and the clip. (Forgot to take pictures of this step, sorry)



  1. Thanks for the detail on how you sewed this. I really like the final result.

    There are a number of ways to make the sewing easier, depending where the problem is. For instance put a sheet of paper between the leather and the machine, or use a telfon foot, roller foot or walking foot

    1. Thank you! I like the idea with the paper, I'll try that next time :)