The little man starts school next week, and even though he will only be going to junior kindergarten and only be there for 2 1/2 hours, he is still supposed to bring a snack. So, what’s a crafty mommy to do? Sew a lunch bag!
I used this tutorial, and was very pleased with the results. Since this is a snack bag, rather than a lunch bag, I went with regular quilting cotton for the outside. It is, however, lined with PUL, just in case. (Note:PUL is not food safe. I’ve come across a lot of patterns that use PUL where it will touch food, and that isn’t a great idea. I feel comfortable using it inside this lunch bag since it will not directly touch food, but I would never choose to use it somewhere where it would be in direct contact with something someone I love was going to eat.) There is a layer of Insul-Bright sandwiched in between, which means that it is actually insulated and will keep things cool if I pop in ice pack inside.
I even got creative with my fancy sewing machine and embroidered the little man’s name on one side of the bag. 😀
I also wanted to make some small reusable snack bags to pack his goodies in. But, unfortunately, I had a hard time finding a pattern for a lined bag that didn’t use PUL or rip-stop nylon (neither of which were a good option in my mind). But, the other night when I couldn’t sleep, I had a brainwave! I could use a heavy-duty freezer bag to line the pouch and use French seams to make sure it was all sealed.
Taadaa! A fully lined, washable, enclosed seam, reusable snack bag. It is easy to turn inside out and clean every crevasse, and I suspect it could even handle being thrown into the washing machine. So, now the little man is all set! All that is left is to count down the days until
I’m free he starts school.