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Let’s Jazz Up Your Lunchtime Gear!

Check out how we designed these super fun custom lunch bags, great for you, your munchkins, or even as gifts! These are completely customizable when you can choose the designs, fabric, colors & more! Once you’re done designing your bags, just sit back and wait as we print your custom fabric creations!

Materials

  • 1yd Custom Printed Premium Cotton Fabric (Self Fabric)
  • 1yd of Insulbright or preferred Interfacing
  • 1yd of Cotton Lining or PUL fabric
  • Hook & Loop tape – 4 1/4″ per bag
  • Sewing Machine
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Marking Tool
  • Pins
  • Lunch Bag Pattern – Click HERE to Print

Sewing Pattern Print & Assembly Instruction:

  1. Click the link above to be taken to the FREE Downloadable Pattern.
  2. Save the file to your computer for future use or use the Print function on that page to print your copy now
  3. Print only the 1st page and measure the Test Square on that page with a ruler
    1. This is to ensure your pattern isn’t changed in size due to setting in your own printer or computer.
    2. If the Test Square still measures 2″ by 2″, then you are good to print the other 3 pages.
    3. If the Test Square measures differently, attempt to reprint and check the Scaling options to ensure either Default or Custom is selected. Custom will ask at what percentage you will want this image to print, set at 100%. 
  4. Once Test Square prints out to the correct scale, proceed to print out the rest of the pattern
  5. Cut out paper pattern pieces.
  6. Assemble patterns by matching same-colored triangles to each other and taping pieces in place.
    1. Each pattern piece will instruct how many of each piece to cut out of fabric.

Using Project Creator

  1. Go to the Project Creator – https://www.myfabricdesigns.com/ProjectDesigner/
    1. Choose the Cheater Quilt  6″ x 6″ Squares project
    2. Then choose your preferred fabric option, we chose Premium Cotton
  2. See the reference image below on how we divided up the squares in this quilt to fit 6 bags
  3. To create your 1st front panel, click on the 2 squares at the top left corner of your “quilt” panel. You know they will be selected, as they will have a blue line around each box.
  4. Then, using the options in the editing menu on the left side of your page, you will be able to
    1. Fill Color – fills this space with a solid color
    2. Fabric
      1. Choose – allows you to choose any premade design from the Shop page
      2. Upload – insert a design from your computer, like a design you have created or a photo
    3. Angle –  adjust the angle of your print/image in 90-degree increments
    4. Horizontal & Vertical Offset – allows you to adjust the placement of your print/image by moving it up, down, left, or right
    5. Scale – allows you to shrink your image/print
      1. NOTE: If a design you upload shows too small or tiling to fill this space, then the image itself is smaller than needed to fill this space. To fill a front panel, the image used needs to be a minimum of 6″ by 12″ with 150dpi (resolution). You can try enlarging it in an alternative photo editing software and then re-upload the adjusted image.
  5. Here’s our “quilt” panel once we chose, centered, and sized our front & back panels.
  6. For our side panels, we went into a different photo editing program and typed our funny sayings, quotes, or puns that coordinated well with the prints we chose. Using the patterns we created as a reference, we made sure the text would fit within the 26″ by 3″ space of the side panels. Here are several side panels we created
    1. You could also choose another design from the shop page or a coordinated solid color!
  7. Once your “quilt” panel is completed, you’re ready to print! Go ahead and place your custom fabric order, and while we work on your fabric, you can start gathering the other supplies needed for your project!

Sewing Instructions

  1. Trace patterns out onto your fabrics and interfacings.
  2. Then cut out all your pieces
  3. Separate each bag style and their coordinating pieces into piles
    1. This will help in staying organized while attempting to sew each bag
  4. Apply interfacing and/or batting to the Wrong-Side of Self-Fabric (Main Fabric)
  5. Using the placement guide on the pattern, line up your hook & loop strips on the Right-Side of your Self-Fabric. We lightly sprayed Basting Spray on the back of our tape to hold it in place on our fabric until we were ready to sew it.
  6. Sew hook & loop tape in place
    1. We sewed as close to the inside edge of the tape, on all 4 sides. We also sewed a line down the center length for added reinforcement.
  7. Sew the side seams on your Side Panel to your Front & Back panel piece at 1/4″ seam allowances. Repeat for lining.
    1. Make sure to notch your side panel pieces where indicated by the pattern or you may experience difficulty sewing around the curved corners of the bag. Notches should not be cut any deeper than 1/4″ into the fabric.
  8. Now you will turn your sewn lining layer Right-Side out and place it into your Self(Main Fabric) layer.
    1. Your bag and lining will now be Right-Sides facing together.
  9. Pin both layers together around the top & sew at 1/4″ seam allowances, making sure to leave a 3″- 4″ section unstitched.
  10. Using the 3″ – 4″ opening left unstitched in the previous step, turn the bag Right-Side out.
    1. Once turned Right Side out, you will need to push the lining to the inside of the bag.
  11. Press & pin the opening at the top of the bag closed. Top-stitch 1/8″ away from the edge, around the entire top of the bag.
    1. Optional: you can hand stitch the opening in the seam closed before Top-Stitching if preferred.
  12. Do a final press of your bags and you’re DONE!