Home Lunch & Confession

Most of the time, my daughter eats a school lunch.  Not only is it a hot lunch, I usually can’t buy a variety of foods for the small price that it is for her to eat lunch at school.  Also, she gets a variety of local foods that I don’t even have a clue how to make.

Occasionally though, there are just foods that she can’t stand (ie fish or Portuguese sausage) for lunch.  She asks for a home lunch then.  I usually ask for a week notice for those days so can buy lunch stuff at the grocery store.  She did have a lunch bag at the beginning of the school year, but I think she lost it.

I saw the link to this tutorial on Happy Zombie’s Site the other day and I knew I had to make it.







I didn’t have interfacing, so I used some Soft & Stable for the bag body.  I also thought it would give an added layer of insulation to help keep things a bit cooler.  For the interfacing in the rim and the handles, I used fusible fleece.  For all the projects that I have noticed that I want to make lately, I am going to have to just break down and buy a bunch of different interfacings. This worked though and I used what I had on hand and did not go out and buy more stuff.

Now the confession:

This bag was to be for me originally.  I have been trying to be good lately and not eat fast food.  This was to help when I went to go to bees and workshops.  When I looked at Happy Zombie’s pictures, I got it in my head that there was an outer pocket on the bag.  So when I saw the directions didn’t have one, I added one.  But I forgot to take into consideration the amount that was getting turned under with the “boxing” of the corners.  So when I saw the “error” I figured my daughter needed a new lunch bag and finished the bag for her.  Now I could have just thrown it aside and it would have become a UFO.  But I repurposed and then immediately found another recipient for it.

Then when hers was done, I went to making mine:





Back (with larger pocket):


Here they are side by side:

Back (with pocket comparison)




About Kim

I am a mom of two that now resides in San Antonio area. I moved from Hawaii a year ago. I am a full-time student that works part time at the college I attend as a work-study. When I have time, I quilt, make jewelry, and now craft with my new silhouette cameo cutter.
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3 Responses to Home Lunch & Confession

  1. Michelle B says:

    Love yours Kim! I’m partial to blues LOL What if you used Insul-Bright? That would keep things cold wouldn’t it? I know it’s for hot pads but I don’t see why it wouldn’t have the same effect –keeping the heat OUT of the tote.

    • Kim West says:

      Michelle – I am sure that insul-bright would be a great insulator – I just didn’t have any on hand and didn’t want to wait to order it (I just know I wouldn’t be able to find it on the island.

  2. . Lynn W. says:

    Both are great looking bags, Kim. I’m sure DD is very pleased with hers

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