My husband and I both pack our lunches everyday. As school teachers we can’t leave the building to get lunch and the cafeteria offerings barely qualify as food. The only option we have for eating healthy, tasty food during our work day is if we bring it ourselves. Having a unique lunch bag that is the perfect size to fit inside our larger messenger bag (Peter) or tote bag (me) and that fits a balanced lunch and snack makes the habit more enjoyable and sustainable. This is Peter’s new lunch bag.
As I was planning his new lunch bag, these were the goals I was trying to achieve:
- quick & easy to make
- interesting, yet masculine design
- large enough to hold a couple small to medium size containers
- sturdy, but softly structured so it could be folded up when empty
I think this fits those requirements quite well. It took me one afternoon to complete from cutting the canvas to snipping the last thread. The longest part of the process was probably making the decorative lines of stitching. I like the stitched lines detail a lot. I chose the colors because they are Peter’s school colors. This bag is also the perfect size for holding a container with a 2-3 cup capacity with enough room to add an apple or a baggie holding a snack. I made it from a heavy weight canvas. I didn’t line the bag because I didn’t think it would be necessary from a structural point of view, and it saved me quite a bit of time too.
Design/Pattern: My own (it started out as two 12″ x 12″ rectangles of canvas; pretty simple stuff)
Materials: heavy weight cotton canvas, 12″ zipper, matching and contrasting thread
- double stitched seams for strength
- pinked seam allowances
- installed zipper
- decorative top stitching
- gusseted bag bottom
I know I’m not quite ready to think about going back to school yet, but fun projects like this one make the transition a little easier. I also enjoy making things for my husband that I know he can use and enjoy. As others who sew for men know, there are fewer sewing project options that appeal to a male sense of style. It can be difficult to make a sewn gift for a man. Unless Peter is being too nice to say something, I think this one was a success.