Let's Do Lunch

Shannon Dennis
Let's Do Lunch


Use 1/4" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

  • 1/2 yard of solid fabric
  • 1/2 yard of print fabric with motifs you can cut out


  • 1/3 yard of insulated batting (such as Insul-Bright)
  • 1/4 yard of stiff fusible interfacing (such as fast2fuse)
  • 3/4" button
  • Coordinating cotton sewing thread
  • Coordinating or contrasting decorative thread
  • Spray adhesive


From the solid fabric cut one 11"x28" rectangle for the bag.

From the print fabric cut one 11"x 28" rectangle for the lining and two 2 1/2"x7" rectangles for the tab.

Cut one 11"x 28" rectangle from the insulated batting.

Cut one 4"x 6" rectangle of stiff fusible interfacing for the bag bottom.


Center the insulated batting on the bag fabric rectangle wrong side; pin. Using the decorative thread and decorative stitches or free-motion stitching, stitch all over the rectangle to secure the layers together.

Square up the stitched rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half widthwise with right sides together so it measures approximately 11"x14"; pin. Stitch the short edges.

To box the corners, align the lower edge with the adjoining side to form a point. Draw a line 2" from the point; stitch across the point to form a triangle (1). Trim off the triangle 1/4" from the stitching. Zigzag-finish the seam allowance; press open. Repeat to box the opposite corner.

Right sides facing, fold the lining rectangle in half widthwise so it measures approximately 11"x14"; pin. Stitch the short edges. Box the corners as directed for the bag fabric rectangle.

Right sides facing, pin the lining and bag together around the upper raw edge. Stitch, leaving a 4" opening for turning.

Turn the bag right side out through the opening and stuff the lining into the bag. Extend the lining over the bag upper edge approximately 1/2" to produce a binding effect. Use a zigzag or other decorative stitch to sew around the upper edge, closing the opening with the stitching (2).

To make the tab, stitch the two 2 1/2"x7" print fabric rectangles along the perimeter with right sides facing. Leave an opening along one lengthwise edge for turning. Turn the tab right side out; press. Whipstitch the opening closed.

Stitch a buttonhole at one end of the tab, centering it 3/4" from the end. Fold under the opposite tab end 1/2"; pin (3).

how to

Align the bag side seams to find the bag center back; pinmark. Center the tab folded end on the lunch bag center back; stitch.

Fold over the bag and mark where the buttonhole hits the bag. Hand- or machine-sew a button at the mark.

Cut out a motif from the print fabric. Spray the motif wrong side with spray adhesive. Wrong sides facing, align the motif with a scrap of the solid fabric. Cut out the motif. Print side up, position the motif on the bag center back, covering the tab end; stitch.


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great gift for work buddies
I am making these for each of the women who work for me and embroidering their initials on the bag. Great way to personalize a very practical gift.
Can't believe I found this
I've been searching for a quick, insulated lunch bag pattern as a gift for my teacher friends heading back to school - Yay!
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