Waste Free Lunch Bag Sewing Pattern

This is a pattern designed to make your lunch experience more stylish and to help reduce waste. No more trash to throw away after your lunch. Have you noticed how it really adds up? This is how you can start to make a difference!

I designed this bag for my 9 year old niece who is recycling maniac! She already had a bag she brought to school but wanted one that hold her water bottle, sandwich and snack without everything getting all smooshed together. This bag does it all! It is meant to hold a sandwich, a snack bag, a small water bottle or drink, an apple, & a small yogurt. Obviously you can change all of this to fit your own lunch diet or your child's.

This is a pattern which you will receive electronically by email in PDF format. It is instructions for how to make your own lunch bag. You will receive the email as soon as you complete your order. Start sewing right away!

The finished bag measures 9.5" tall by 9" wide when full of lunch. It has a large interior pocket that fits a standard size snack bag. There is a divider in the middle to keep thing organized . A velcro flap closure keeps everything closed. Materials needed are cotton fabrics, insulbrite batting (for insulation to keep that lunch cold or hot!), fusible interfacing, velcro & thread.

The color and fabric combination choices are endless! You could also just use this bag as a purse and use the knowledge you gain from making this to make larger and smaller bags, add extra pockets, and custom fit it to your needs.

It is so important for kids (and adults!) to learn the benefits of creating less waste. What could be better than a fun sewing project that also helps them learn about doing their part for the planet?

In 2014, I made a zipper closure version of this pattern. You can follow the free tutorial here~ http://gingercake.org/gingercake/2014/07/waste-free-lunch-bag-got-zipped.html

You may sell lunch bags made from this pattern on a small, handmade scale. Please give credit to Gingercake (with a link to my shop) for online sales. Thanks!


*full written instructions with many clear color photos *pattern pieces with seam allowance included *US imperial measurement *suitable for beginners with some experience *prints on A4 (8.5'' x 11'') paper

Materials you need at home:

*.5m cotton fabric * .5m insulated batting *velcro *interfacing *thread *sewing machine *optional zipper *fabric scissors *iron and ironing board

Di Ainsworth 26.12.2017, 03:52
  • (5 out of 5 stars)
Looks amazing,cannot wait to try it !!!

Gingercake Patterns

Self taught sewer and pattern designer. I love sewing fun pretty and useful things! I live near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with my four kids, husband, dog and a big vegetable garden :)

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