Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Guest Post: Lunch Bag's with Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Back to School Month is finally here! (which means that today Mr. P. starts kindergarten!)

To new visitors, welcome! And make yourself at home! At Back to School Month, you will find tutorials (sewing, craft, cooking and organizational tutorials galore - all related to a Back to School Theme.) And of course a giveaway or four!!!

To see a list of participants and giveaways, click here

School is officially in session!

To kick off the festivities I am so lucky to have Sumo of Sumo’s Sweet Stuff here with us today!

With two adorable girls and another one on the way, her blog has some pretty fantastic tutorials!

Who wouldn’t want to dress their little one in this Lace Ruffle Skirt??

 I want to make one in my size!

And Sumo clearly has command over her Silhouette (unlike myself) as evidenced by her Monogrammed Shirts and Headbands.

This Rainbow Shirt would brighten up anyone’s day!

She also had great craft ideas, like this Pinwheel Canvass.

And Sumo hosts a Market Yourself Monday link party every Monday! 

If you haven’t participated yet, be sure to swing by as there are always so many inspirational ideas to feast your eyes upon.

I am thrilled to introduce Sumo who will share with us her oh-so-useful lunchbag tutorial!


Hello Meremade readers!

I'm Sumo! Well, my real name is Summer, but my husband nicknamed me Sumo when we were dating. Yes, I still married him!

I blog over at a little place called Sumo's Sweet Stuff.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff

It's a blog I started to share my crafting and creating. I also like to host giveaways, feature other bloggers, and maybe share some crazy ramblings about how much I love Diet Coke, or my relationships with Shirley and Lucy (my sewing machine and Silhouette). I started sewing about a year and a half ago, and I haven't looked back since! It's probably my favorite creative past time now, especially since I've got two little girls and a third one on the way!

I decided to make something to share with you all that would be practical for school aged kids and moms alike: a lunch bag!

My kiddos are little (one and almost three) so we aren't in the world of school lunches and teachers yet, but we definitely like to get out and enjoy parks, museums, and the zoo. Usually we pack a lunch when we visit these places, so this is a great thing for anybody to make!

Here's what you need:
- reusable shopping bag
- vinyl (I got 1/4 yard)
- sewable velcro
- sewing machine/accessories

Sometimes I'm kind of a lazy creator. And I decided that I just wanted to use the fold that the bag already had as part of my lunch bag. Why do the work that has already been done? So I cut the folded sides and bottom of the bag from the two main panels of the bag.

This is what it looked like.

I decided to make the measurements of my bag 11" tall and 7" wide. So I started off by cutting my folded sides to 11".

Then I cut off one side from the bottom of the bag because I needed to shorten the width of the bottom section.

I cut it to 7". Here are the two pieces that I had at this point.

Next, I cut the two side panels for the lunch bag to 11" x 7" from the large panels of the original bag.

Now you've got four pieces of bag. Cut your vinyl pieces to the same measurements as your four pieces of bag. You'll end up with eight pieces total.

Now it's time to assemble your bag!

A quick tip for sewing with vinyl that I learned from one of my favorite sewing blogs: Me Sew Crazy. To prevent vinyl from sticking to your presser foot, put a small piece of scotch tape on the bottom of it, obviously leaving a hole for your needle to go through. I don't know if the kind of scotch tape matters or not, but I used matte. It totally worked!

First, take your separated folded side, and your other folded side with the bottom attached. Place your vinyl pieces on the wrong sides of your bag. Pin in place, and attach, sewing with right sides together. Yes, you are sewing through four layers now!

Take one of your main panels, coordinating vinyl, and pin those to one folded side.

Then pin the shorter side to the bottom of the bag. This is what it looks like all pinned.

Sew both sides.
Attach the other main panel and vinyl to the other side of the same folded piece.

Attach the bottom of this main panel as well.

Now pull up the other folded side, pin your main panel pieces to it, and attach them.

You should have everything all attached now!

Trim up any vinyl and bag along the seams so that it will be easier to fold, and turn the bag right side out.

Fold down about a quarter inch along the top, and hem all around the top edge.

Crease in your folds to the shape you want your bag to be. It will stay better as you use it more, and once we attach the velcro!

Since I used the fold of my original bag, the fold went in to the middle of the bag quite a ways. So to attach the velcro, instead of doing it in the middle at the top as you typically might, I put pieces on each of the folded sides. It works just as great! Pin your velcro pieces.

Sew them on.

And now you've got a lunch bag!

Here it is all loaded up for our day at the children's museum.

Don't you love it?

You could also add a handle, or do a fold over velcro closure if you prefer.
Thanks for having me over here today! Come visit me at Sumo's Sweet Stuff soon!


  1. I just love summer! What a great guest poster! Those lunch bags are darling! Good luck with your series!

  2. Thanks so much, Amanda! I am also a big fan of anything vinyl (records included) Keep coming back for more this month!


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