1. Choose two contrasting but complimentary fabrics: One for the main bag, and the other for the sides, and some matching rick rack.
Adhere HeatnBond Vinyl to the right side of fabric.
1. Cut roughly two rectangles measuring approximately 18” x 9” (45.5 x 23 cm) from main fabric, and two sheets of HeatnBond vinyl measuring 17” x 8” (43 x 20 cm).
2. Repeat with two rectangles measuring roughly 6” x 16” (15 x 40.5 cm) in fabric, and precisely 5” x 14.5” (12.5 x 37 cm) in Heatnbond vinyl.
3. Peel paper from pre-cut piece of Heatnbond and lay centered over right side of one roughly cut main piece.
4. Gently flip both layers so that the wrong side is facing, before pressing with an iron. Press thoroughly to adhere vinyl.
5. Set aside to let cool, and repeat with three remaining pattern pieces (second main piece, and two sides).
6. Cut fabric to dimensions of HeatnBond vinyl.
Hint: For sew-in rick rack detail, sew a strand of rick rack measuring 7.5” (19 cm) across one main bag piece, 3” (7.5 cm) from the top.
Assemble lunch bag.
Hint: Before sewing vinyl-coated fabric, remove presser foot and either replace with a Teflon presser foot, or apply clear adhesive tape to the bottom of the foot. This will help the tacky fabric glide through the machine.
1. Sandwich two main pieces at short ends with wrong sides together. Secure with clips before sewing at a ¼” (0.5 cm) seam allowance.
2. Finger press the seam open; You should now have one continuous main piece.
3. Clip short end of one side piece in place on the long side of the main piece so that the seam is centered and wrong sides are together.
4. Sew in place, stopping ¼” (0.5 cm) shy of each end.
5. Repeat on opposite side with second side piece.
6. Fold side so that it is matching, wrong sides together, with one side of the main piece.
7. Sew at ¼” (0.5 cm) seam allowance.
8. Repeat for the other three sides, creating a tall open bag.
Attach fastener & finish bag.
1. Peel and stick one side of Hook and Loop tape to the front of the bag, 1.5” (4 cm) from the opening.
Hint: If you have chosen to sew in rick rack, apply Hook and Loop tape to rick rack side.
2. Fold down 2.5” (6.5 cm) toward the opposite side of bag.
3. Create Hook & Loop tape sandwich by joining positive and negative sides, then peel paper backing from the other side.
4. Fold bag down once more toward the same side of the bag, following the crease where the bag top meets the main bag.
5. Finger press to adhere opposite side of Hook & Loop tape. Open.
6. Glue or sew any additional embellishments to the bag, making sure they are not obscured when the bag is closed.