How to Sew an Easy Lunch Bag (with free pattern!)

How to sew an insulated lunch bag as a gift or for yourself.

Sew a Lunch Bag

How to sew an insulated lunch bag as a gift or for yourself. 

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My son needed a lunch bag for school- or rather, I wanted him to have a special one made by mommy- so I decided to show how to do this as part of the 30 Day Grab & Go Gift Series. I've definitely made lunch bags for people before- they're a fun gift and useful if you know the person packs a lunch. And they're AWESOME for kids. What kid doesn't love having a unique lunch bag or backpack for school?

So I brought G (almost 5 years old) to the store and told him he could pick out his own fabric. What does he choose?


"I want the soda fabric mommy!"

Now y'all know... sometimes it's worth the fight and sometimes it's not. Normally I'd say whatever. But I figured this was a good time to redirect because I didn't think this fabric would send the right message at preschool. Haha! Fortunately he found some cute road signs fabric which I immediately snatched up like YES! WE HAVE CHOSEN! Let's buy this before he changes his mind. 

Supplies Supplies listed below may include affiliate links to the products. 

  • PUL Fabric (lining)
  • Hook & Loop (generic term for 'Velcro')
  • Exterior Fabric (I used a thick fabric for the bottom and cotton print my son picked out for the sides)
  • Insul-Brite
  • Pattern (Available in the subscribers-only Google Drive folder)

How to Sew a Lunch Bag

Spoilers: Cut your fabric / Baste or Quilt your Insul Brite to the exterior fabrics / Sew all the sides of your exterior fabric together, then sew bottom to the sides / Do the same with the PUL interior fabric / Turn PUL interior right sides out, then stuff inside the exterior fabric- right sides together. Pin / Sew around, leaving an area to turn and top stitch / Turn and top stitch / Add strap / Add hook & loop. / Show off with a photo in the Show and Tell Section




Don't forget! Share your final projects on my Show & Tell page!

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No Zipper Lunch Bag




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