Friday, May 6, 2011

Vinyl Lunch Bag Tutorial

For the first time since I began sewing a year and a half ago, I am entering a sewing competition! It closes today and reminds me of the Iron Chef, except for this competition, the secret ingredient is....vinyl! You can check it out by clicking here! Who doesn't love vinyl with it's shiny sheen and easy sponge cleaning. With two little eaters in my household, I figured what better way to celebrate vinyl than by making some vinyl lunch bags.

Materials Needed:

1/4 yard vinyl
1/4 yard liner material
bias tape (double sided)

I used 1/4 seam allowance for this project.

Step One: Cut out Material

For the vinyl:
cut 2 pieces that are 11" x 6 1/2 "and

cut 2 pieces that are 11" x 4 1/2 "

Cut the same for your liner pieces:

cut 2 pieces that are 11" x 6 1/2 "and

cut 2 pieces that are 11" x 4 1/2 "

Finally, from the vinyl, cut 2 pieces that are 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"

You are ready to sew!

Begin by placing a vinyl, piece A right side together with a vinyl piece B and sew along the 11 inch side.

It will look something like this. 

Do the same for the second set of Piece A and Piece B. 

Then sew the two sets of AB pieces together, so you will have piece A, piece B, piece A, piece B....the end result will be a box shape with no top or bottom (like an elongated arm cuff. 

Trim your threads. 

Now attach one of the vinyl C pieces to the bottom of the rectangular creation you've made. This is kind of tricky and awkward. Basically, you're going to pin that 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece, right side together to each A and B piece of the cuff and then sew it together, stopping to turn and pivot your needle down at each corner. 

Now do the exact same thing with your A and B pieces of lining material. Start with sewing the liner piece A to piece B and repeat with your second set. Then, sew them both together ABAB like you did with the vinyl. But before adding your 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of vinyl to the bottom, make sure your seams are on the outside of the liner bag (for the vinyl bag, your seams are on the inside.) 

My picture is a bit of a fallacy because my seams are on the inside (I forgot to turn it inside out). Do as I say and not as I do! I should have turned the liner cuff inside out BEFORE sewing on the bottom vinyl piece! 

Trim loose threads. 

You now how two bags. One vinyl bag, with the bottom vinyl piece facing out. And one, more limp liner bag with the bottom vinyl piece facing in. 

Place the liner bag INSIDE the vinyl bag. 

Take your bias tape (I like a nice contrasting color that pops)

And carefully begin pinning it around the top of your bag, making sure you enclose both the liner and vinyl bag in between the two sides of the bias tape. 

Sew as close to the bottom of that orange bias as possible (away from the top of the bag). You have to remove that part of your sewing machine that holds stuff, as you would if you were working on a sleeve in order to properly sew around the perimeter of your bag. (I'm sure there's a technical name for this part of your sewing machine...but I don't know it!)

And here is your lovely new vinyl lunch sack! You can be fancy and add a Velcro closure. But I like the old fashioned wooden clothespin. 

A view from the font. 

A view from the back. 

When is the picnic??


  1. Great idea! I need to make my daughter a new lunch project!
    504 Main

  2. I love the pattern on the oilcloth! Would make a great lunch bag during our winter months :) Great idea!

  3. JoAnn Fabrics' corporate headquarters people told me that vinyl is not food safe and that they do not carry anything that is. Maybe your college's extension service can guide you.

  4. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  5. Love it. Thanks so much for linking up! Can't wait to see what you have for this week.

  6. Bright and colorful. Great idea!


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