I find myself making a ton of stuff for my daughter. She loves anything I make her. My son however hates the whole getting measured, fitted, & trying on part. So I struggle to find things I can make for him. Everyonce in a while he will request something for me to make. Such as a pillow, stuffed animal, toy, or to repair a stuffed animal. Since its so rare when he does request something it goes to the top of my list when he does.
He recently asked if I could make him a new lunch box. He even requested a certain fabric. He loves the movie Cars & even specified all the cars that must be on it lol.
The pattern I used is pretty simple to make. You could make it any size you wish. But here was the pattern I whipped up for his bag.
I cut 4 of these out. 2 for the outside of the bag & 2 for the lining.
I also cut 2 pieces from fleece.
Now to make the bag easier to clean & also water/stain proof I covered it inside & out with clear vinyl. Use the same pattern & cut 4 pieces of the vinyl.
The best & easiest way to attach the vinyl to the fabric is with spray adhesive. There’s a lot of different kinds out there. This is just what I happened to have on hand.
After all the main fabric pieces have vinyl, sew each piece to its mate down the sides & across the bottom. The fleece too. Make sure to leave the square corners open.
To finish the bottom just pinch the seams together & sew a straight stitch.
Once you have all 3 pieces you should start to see something that resembles a bag.
Make sure to layer it with the fleece between the 2 fabric pieces.
The vinyl is on the inside & out. Then trim any excess to make the top even. Sew all these pieces together.
I used a wide zig zag stitch to make sure I catch all the layers.
Next I used bias tape to finish my bag.
Sew the bias tape all the way around the bag. Take the left-over bias tape & sew it shut. I use this as my handles. I attached it first upside- down on the bottom of the bias tape.
Then fold over & top stitch. It just makes it look a little cleaner.
Lastly, the velcro. Not sure why but I’ve been loving velcro
lately. It’s cheap, easy to install, & child-friendly. It also works out that when the bag is picked up by the handles the velcro automatically sticks together. Stitch all the way around the velcro.
My “little man” could not have been happier & quickly requested a Batman one :)
Although I used vinyl inside & out on this one, you don’t have to. In fact my next one will only have it on the inside.
The spray adhesive with clear vinyl technique would work great for purses, diaper bags, & make-up bags. The possiblities are endless on what you could make waterproof.