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Thread: Never Too Old for a Lunch Bag

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    My daughter who is 22 years old and in grad school at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR is home this weekend. She will receive her graduate degree in education in May 2012 and is student teaching 4 of the 5 school days each week. She told me that she needed something to take her lunch to school and that other teachers brought their lunch in a chain store recycling bag.

    Being that I am a quilter I thought that I couldn't allow her take her lunch in a recycling bag. So, here is her new lunch bag. It is essentially a pattern that I found on the internet called “Poochie Bag” but I made it larger, added interfacing, added an inside pocket, stitched the corners of the bag so that it would stand better and stitched around the top to keep the lining in.

    http://thehappyzombie.com/blog/?p=368

    I started with outside and lining pieces of 14”(H) x 18” (W) and made MCC (milk carton corners) of 3 ˝” which resulted in a 7” bottom. She needed it large enough so that Tupperware containers would sit in the bottom. The final bag dimensions (not counting the handles) are about 10" x 10" x 7" - - a sufficient size for brown bagging lunch.

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    That is so beautiful. I love the colors and the style is so fun. At work we all carry lunch bags and it is almost a challenge to find who carries the cutest!!

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    That is very smart!
    Congrats. to your daughter as well have fun together!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWinston
    My daughter who is 22 years old and in grad school at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR is home this weekend. She will receive her graduate degree in education in May 2012 and is student teaching 4 of the 5 school days each week. She told me that she needed something to take her lunch to school and that other teachers brought their lunch in a chain store recycling bag.

    Being that I am a quilter I thought that I couldn't allow her take her lunch in a recycling bag. So, here is her new lunch bag. It is essentially a pattern that I found on the internet called “Poochie Bag” but I made it larger, added interfacing, added an inside pocket, stitched the corners of the bag so that it would stand better and stitched around the top to keep the lining in.

    http://thehappyzombie.com/blog/?p=368

    I started with outside and lining pieces of 14”(H) x 18” (W) and made MCC (milk carton corners) of 3 ˝” which resulted in a 7” bottom. She needed it large enough so that Tupperware containers would sit in the bottom. The final bag dimensions (not counting the handles) are about 10" x 10" x 7" - - a sufficient size for brown bagging lunch.
    Hi PW,

    What a lovely lunch bag! Your daughter will be able to take her lunch in style. You may find that you'll be having requests to make additional bags for everyone who see her's. You might want to come up with your material costs and time and figure out how much you would charge to make them for others. Having the bag the size that can hold containers is a great idea to consider for anyone thinking of making these bags.

    Thanks for sharing and having pictures of your lovely bag.

    Have a Great Day!

    Pam M
    Ohio

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    i love it

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    It is just darling. How clever are you!!!!!!!

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    Adorable lunch bag :D:D:D

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    lots of gals at work bought those expensive lunch bag. Me? made a small tote w/bottom large enough for my left over container to sit flat! Love the bag...nice mom.

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    Great bag! And you shared the pattern! You are smart: you knew we'd all want it when we saw it ;)

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    Cute

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    Prettiest lunch tote I have seen. Do you think I should make it any bigger if I use insulbrite and snap the top? Thanks for sharing!

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    That is one darling bag! You had better be prepared to make a whole bunch more, because as soon as the teachers see that it's no more recycling bags for them!!

    Best of luck to your daughter. My DD starts her first teaching job tomorrow, 6th grade science! Woohooo!!

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    I am printing the pattern right now and am planning to make myself one of these for school. Ooooh - every season, holiday, etc.

    Thanks!

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    Pretty bag!

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    That is so pretty!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma7
    Prettiest lunch tote I have seen. Do you think I should make it any bigger if I use insulbrite and snap the top? Thanks for sharing!
    I don't think you should make it bigger just because of Insulbrite and/or a snap. However, I recommend that you measure the size container that you would typically carry in it and that you want to sit flat on the bottom. You want to make sure that you make your MCC the right size to accomodate that container.

    I proposed batting and some type of closure (snap, velcro, button) to my daughter but she didn't want any of that. I can always add a snap or velcro later if she changes her mind.

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