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Lunch bag #1

First up from my to-do list: lunch bags! I ordered fabric for my partner and grabbed some from my current stash to make my own bag. As a rule, I always try to make something first for myself if I intend to give it as a gift. This way I can figure out how to handle any issues I run into and make note of what I'd like to change.  Plus practice makes perfect.

When I started pulling out fabric I had a "staring into the fridge" moment. You know when you're hungry and you're looking in a fridge or pantry full of food but don't see anything to eat? That's how I felt with my fabric spread all around me.

Eventually some pieces started to jump out at me and it came together quickly from there. However I decided that the problem I was having originated from a lack of solid colored fabric in my stash.  Guess this means I'll have to go buy more fabric :)

For my bag I settled on a blue on white geometric pattern as the main fabric for the bag with a solid blue border. From there I picked a nice bright blue for the handles that would give it a nice pop.  I think my favorite piece of this bunch, however, has to be the white with blue birds fabric for the drawstring portion.  The cross stitched birds are absolutely adorable! :D

The best thing about working with fabric you love is that it makes the whole process of ironing, measuring, cutting, and sewing so much fun! I swear I had a smile on my face the entire time I put this together (and it had nothing to do with Disney's Robin Hood or Emperor's New Groove playing in the background).

This pattern has been a lot of fun to put together.  It's so simple and easy to follow! As you know I'm working from Pink Penguin's Lunch Bag tutorial and her abundance of photos of the process make a visual learner like myself very happy.

I've only deviated from the pattern in one aspect, which is not using a vinyl fabric for the inside.  Instead I purchased iron on vinyl to use overtop my interior fabric. I had never used iron on vinyl before this project and I'm very glad I'm making my bag before my swap partner's! The most difficult part for me was getting the vinyl on and keeping the fabric flat as I ironed. Fortunately it all worked out in the end. Next time, I'm cutting the fabric a half an inch bigger so I have more room to work with.

All I have left to do now on my bag is put everything together! Hopefully I'll be able to do that tomorrow night and then dive right into my swap partner's bag!


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