Today’s project, a lunch bag is perfect for an outing like cherry blossom viewing that will put you in a merry mood. The bag tightly holds a lunch box by tying the box with a triangle fabric, a unique feature that combines the napkin and bag. From Sas and Yoshi’s print collection, Spring explorers is chosen for the project. Just right for this season, it is such a lovely fabric with small butterflies playing in a nostalgic field of plants and flowers.
The creator, Yui Tamaki says, “In order to retain the soft feel of double gauze, the outer fabric has a quilt batting, keeping the interfacing only on the lining fabric.” This bag will definitely become handy for spring picnics as well as an everyday lunch bag.
Fabric shown for this sample: JG50910-1 (A)(Bag Outer Fabric)
□ Fabric (Bag outer fabric) 40cm×50cm
(Side lining fabric, Bottom lining fabric, Handle, Triangle fabric) 110cm×60cm
□ Thick Fusible interfacing: 60cmx40cm
□ Quilt batting: 40cmx50cm
□ Double sided rivet: Twelve pairs (0.9cm diameter)
□ Leather strap: 30cm-40cm (0.2cm wide)
□ Wood bead: Six pieces (0.6cm – 1cm diameter)
We interviewed Yui about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Soft texture and gentle and bright color tones are perfect for spring outing. A unique pattern that looks as if it were dyed with artist’s paint blends well with the natural foliage, and it is very stylish. To retain the soft feel, the outer fabric has a quilt batting, keeping the interfacing only on the lining fabric.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The bento (lunch) box bag carrier is a must item for a picnic. This bag incorporates a napkin so that you can wrap the box in the bag using a triangular fabric for transporting it securely. Something you thought you had, but this is something new and convenient. So I would really like everyone to try this project.
KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The edge of the triangle piece is treated by serging. If you change the color, it will be cute and decorative.
Instead of serging, you may also add extra seam, double fold the edge and sew to finish.
KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
It will be perfect for cherry blossom viewing and picnic or be very useful as an everyday lunch bag.
KF:Thank you very much, Yui! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
1. Make the handle.
① With the front sides facing each other, fold the 37x14cm piece lengthwise in half (edges are left cut). Sew the edge (lengthwise) and turn it inside out
② Bring the seam to the center. Fold both ends inward for 1cm.
③ Fold in three lengthwise. Run stitches for 10cm in the center (from the center, 5cm to the right and 5cm to the left). Turn the folded edge inward for another 2cm and run stitches.
④ Make another piece.
2. Make the lining bag.
① Adhere thick interfacing to the main bag fabric and bottom.
② Serge or run zigzag stitches on the edge of the triangle fabric. Fold once and run stitches from the top. Finish the tip with hand stitches.
4. Put two bags together.
① With the front sides facing each other, sew together the outer and lining bags at the top, leaving an opening for turning.
② ② Turn the bag inside out and align the shape. Run stitches all the way around the top.
③ ③ Using the rivet, attach the handle.
④ Put the wood beads through a leather cord (28~30cm) and tie it to the handle to finish.