|Vera Bradley move over - There's a new lunch tote in town!|
It is just a 14 x 15 inch rectangle with two 2.5 inch squares cut in the bottom so that I could make the bottom of the bag. I lined it with insulbright and a wipeable, waterproof lining.
The draw string top was sewn together - side seams, casing, and then sewn to the bag top - right sides together. Lastly, I pushed the drawstring part to the inside of the bag, pressed the top seam and then top stitched at about 1/2 inch all around. Easy.
|...And did I mention that I think it's pretty cute!|
It is a bit different then I originally envisioned, but it does what I wanted it to do:
- It is cute (vitally important!) - and shows off the coordinating fabrics that I fell in love with.
- It is big. Big enough for my mega-clean-eating salads and snacks.
- It is lined with a wipe-able, waterproof fabric (ordered from Fabrics dot com)
- It has long enough straps to sling over my shoulder on the way to work.
I bought a zipper for the top (one of the reasons I was pondering and stalling I think) but then a slight miscalculation with bag width made it just too skinny an opening for my mega-lunches so it turned into a drawstring top.
I actually like the drawstring, though. It gave me a chance to showcase the striped fabric.
|So happy with the way the pattern lined up on the sides!|
Even though I lined the bag with insulbright lining, with the drawstring top, I'm not sure it would really insulate too much.
I keep my lunch in the fridge anyway.
Things I'll do better next time:
- Treat the main fabric, insulbright and water proof lining as one and seam with a french seam. (I lined it like a traditional bag and the lining is a bit floppy inside)
- Make the bag a bit shorter and a bit wider
- Don't let the zipper intimidate me! Next bag will have a zipper. I swear!
Ok zipper...You're going here next time!
So, after a year, the pondering is over and the lunch bag is born! Almost makes packing a lunch for my return to work after the weekend a bit less painful! Almost.
How about you all...Has anyone else ever spent tons of time pondering a project and then found that it was not nearly the challenge that you thought it would be?
Share your happy ending - leave a comment. :-)