Projects include sandwich wraps, baggies, bicycle bags, and totes
Quick and easy to make with basic sewing techniques; everyone in your family will want one!
Customize the outside with your favorite fabrics and insulate the inside. You can waterproof it with laminated cotton, oilcloth, nylon, or vinyl.
Projects are fun, functional, and reusable-make your sack lunches even greener!
Bags can be washed in your dishwasher or washing machine
Today's hottest designers share their sewing savvy with 25 projects, from a simple sandwich wrap to a sophisticated shoulder bag. Why shouldn't your lunch bag match your personal wardrobe and eco-conscious lifestyle?
Featuring contributions by designers Chrystalleena Beauchamp, Lucy Blaire, Leslie Bowman, Denise Clark, Leanne Dougherty, Jane Fitzpatrick, Shannon Fowler-Wardrep, Karen and Rebecca Garcia, Christine Hmiel, Debbie Hogan, Elizabeth Hutton, Catherine Janda, Janice Kalin, Christina Lane, Quenna Lee, Joan Leppek, Stephanie Lopez, Susan Lowe Heaney, Sandra Kay McCormick, Kimberly Paglia, Annika Rau, Mary Lynn Shroeder, Cheryl B. Steighner, Rebecca Striepe, Yoko Drain
Review - July 4, 2010
"I was so excited when i turned through the pages! Each project has pictures and details on how to work the pattern out easily. They are fun and easy, but the ending product looks amazing! i really enjoyed making the 'Sack Lunch'. it was fun and my kids love it. it was created by "Buggabugs". look her up. she is a genius. She has many patterns to make, and it's FUN! thank you!"
Review By: Rhiana Jones, suite101.com - August 12, 2010
"CT Publishing, publisher of numerous quality craft books, has delivered another great gem of a craft book with Lunch Bags! Lunch Bags is great for the eco-conscious and frugal minded crafter alike. It brings together a design collection of 25 different lunch bag patterns, complete with templates and color illustrations.
Lunch Bag Designers
The designers offering their contributions are a mix of home crafting moms, Art Institute graduates, Etsy sellers and craft bloggers. They have contributed their knowledge and their inspirations, each designer presenting an individual piece complete with detailed construction steps, templates and full color photos.
Read more at Suite101: Lunch Bags! 25 Handmade Sacks & Wraps to Sew Today - Book Review http://craftbooks.suite101.com/article.cfm/lunch-bags-25-handmade-sacks--wraps-to-sew-today---book-review#ixzz0xAXFjuyb"
Review The Sewing Directory - July 12, 2010
"This book features 26 projects involving birds from soft toy birds to embroidery involving birds in the design there is something for everyone. The book incorporates techniques such as quilting and embroidery but the projects are suitable for beginners. Some of the birds are decorative and others, like the Bird on Branch Make Up bag or little birds quilt, are functional.
Each project has the instructions broken down into a few different steps, from getting the necessary equipment together before you start to cutting the fabric and constructing the bird itself. What I love is that at the start of each project there is a little biography of the contributor along with links to their website/blog/shop so that you can find out more about them, or buy one of the birds if you don't want to make it yourself.
At the back of the book you will find pattern pieces and a guide to the embroidery stitches used."
Review International Quilt Festival - December 1, 2010
“You'll never use a brown paper bag again once you've taken a peak at the dozens of creative lunch-toting options presented in this book. Whether you're looking to create a basic lunch sack, an eco-friendly sandwich wrap, or a picnic-sized tote, you'll find what you're looking for. Materials range from cotton fabric to denim, lace, and even plastic juice pouches. Nifty details like water bottle holders make these bags the perfect combination of adorable and functional, ideal for toting everything from wine bottles to bento boxes. What better way to combine your love of sewing, good food, and a green lifestyle?”
Review The Applique Society - November 30, 2010
"Bags, bags, bags, can a girl ever have too many bags? Lunch Bags! Offers more than just lunch bags. Within this little book you will find 25 handmade sacks and wraps to sew using quick and basic sewing techniques. In addition to charming lunch bags you will also find instructions to create several different sandwich wraps that will go a long way to- ward keeping plastic wrap out of the landfills. I will be making the “Bicycle Lunch Bag” which has handles that are designed to go over your bike’s handlebars repositioned to be used as a carrying handle once you reach your destination. Each bag comes with it’s own sewing instructions and in the back of the book you will find instructions for two different methods of corner construction."
Review - January 3, 2011
This is a fun book with photos, instructions and patterns for 25 lunch bags and reuseable sandwich wrap bags for adults and children. The bags can be as stylish and fun as you want depending on the fabric you choose, and this is a great way to use up smaller remnants of fabric. One of my favorites in this book actually looks more like a purse than a lunch bag and would be a classy way to take lunch to work. One of the kid's bags is an adorable pig in overalls design. There is even a crocheted apple wrap project to protect fruit from bruising.
Other creative projects include a bag that can be strapped to bicycle handlebars, a bag that includes a matching placemat, one made from recycled juice pouches, and a set of sewn felt "food" for children to make their own pretend sandwiches.
Some of the projects use special thermal lining material or wipeable oilcloth which can be found at a larger fabric store or online. Patterns for the bags are included and will need to be copied and enlarged. The instructions seemed clear and thorough.
I'm looking forward to making some of these bags, especially for the kids in my family.