Sunday, October 5, 2014

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial

I have had an adorable embroidered piece that I have been struggling to know what to do with for a couple of years now. A couple of weeks back I thought it would be great on a lunch box I was planning to make, so I went on search of a pattern or tutorial. I couldn't find one that matched the idea I had in my head so I decided to create one myself and document it along the way so that if you want to make one as well, you can! :)

Just posted a new tutorial on how to make an embroidered lunch box! http://www.sewquiltexplore.com/2014/10/embroidered-lunch-box-tutorial.html?m=1


Materials

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Materials


Front Panel:
(1) Finished size of 11.75in tall x 10.75in wide

**Note: If you want to do the embroidery straight onto the panel, another size, or wish to NOT do any embroidery, ensure the final front panel is 11.75in tall x 10.75in wide.

Back Panel:
(1) 11.75in tall x 10.75in wide

Lining:
(2) 11.75in tall x 10.75in wide

Batting/Insulation:
(2) 11.25in tall x 10.25in wide
(2) 10in x 1in

**Note: I prefer to use fusible batting as it makes it much easier to piece, but it is not required, any normal batting should work fine.

Handles: (2) 10in by 2.5in

Instructions

Step 1:
Fuse batting to back of front and back pieces, leaving ~ a 1/4in around the edge.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Batting Iron


**Note: If you wish to do any quilting to the outside of the bag, this is where you would complete that step.

Step 2:
Sew the two lining pieces together, right sides together, around three sides, leaving one of the 10.75in sides open. Clip the corners.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining Seam

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining Clip


Step 3:
Sew the two outer pieces together, right sides together, around three sides, leaving the top open. Clip the corners.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Iron Batting

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Clip Corner


Step 4:
Iron fusible batting to middle of the back of a handle piece. Sew the long edges together and turn. Repeat for the other handle piece.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Batting Handle


Step 5:
Press the handle pieces with the seam in the middle. Sew an 1/8in seam on each side on the handle.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Handle Seams


Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial 1/8in Handles


Step 6:
On the outside piece, grab a corner and pinch the bottom and the side seam together until the seams align. Pin, then mark 1.75in up the seam. Draw a line across the corner at that point and sew on the line, ensuring you backstitch both and the beginning and the end of the seam. Trim 1/4in from the seam. Repeat for the other corner.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Outer Box

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Outer Box Clip


Step 7:
Repeat Step 6 for the lining piece. Flip right sides out.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining Box

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining Box


Step 8:
Place the lining piece in side the outer piece so that the right sides are together. Line up the seams and pin in place.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Lining/Outer

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Edge Line Up


Step 9:
Pin the handles in place between the outer piece and the lining about 2.5in from the outside with the handle seam facing the inside of the bag.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Handle Placement

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Handle in Between


Step 10:
Sew a 1/4in around the top of the bag, ensuring to backstitch at each handle and leaving a ~2in opening on the back side of the bag.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial Top Seam


Step 11:
Turn the bag right side out and stuff the liner inside.

Step 12:
Pin the opening of the bag closed and sew an 1/8in seam around the top of the bag.

Embroidered Lunch Box Tutorial 1/8in seam


Step 13:
If desired, sew on snap , button, or velcro.

Just posted a new tutorial on how to make an embroidered lunch box! http://www.sewquiltexplore.com/2014/10/embroidered-lunch-box-tutorial.html?m=1
And there you have it! A lunch bag that can bring a personal touch along with your lunch. :)

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