Plastic Free July is the perfect time to kickstart projects for plastic alternatives around the home. This fabric Lunch Bag pattern from Miss Freckles Design is both easy to use and simple to customise, offering a stylish alternative to paper/plastic disposable bags. Brighten up your lunchtime routine with a colour or print! Read on for our review of this pattern, plus loads of photos of the project.
This pattern is a simple PDF download available from Miss Freckles Design store on Etsy here. The bag is a durable roll-down style, and can be made up with an optional thermal insulated layer. Perfect for lunches on the go, this secure bag can also be used for all manner of other things; we're thinking of sewing project bits and pieces on the go, stashing baby gear, or even use as a general all-round carry bag.
The pattern comes with two bag size options (we made up the large) and well-written instructions. We found the steps concise and easy to follow, with nice illustrations throughout. Following our plastic-free mantra, we omitted the buckle and made up a fabric tie instead, which works a treat as a closure for the top! If you're looking to make a lunch bag, this pattern is super simple and we'd highly recommend it. Alternatively, we've spotted similar versions here on Spruce and Paper & Stitch via Frankie Mag!
We omitted the buckle closure and opted for a simple double-rolled self fabric tie instead!
Sturdy heavyweight fabrics with no stretch are recommended for this bag! We used 70cm of our autumnal Cotton Blend Canvas - Cinnamon Stick and 45cm of Tattersall Check Cotton Shirting - Lipstick for lining. We also opted to interface both the outer and the lining with Fusible Interfacing - Stayflex / White. Our Heavyweight Linen would work nicely for this project, colours below Dusky Orchid, Chestnut, Army and Carob.
How adorable is this bag? We love the combination of the rolled edge and fabric strap tied in a bow at the top! An added bonus is that this would be super easy to clean in the washing machine on a gentle setting. Share your plastic free DIY projects with us over on Instagram and TikTok using #thefabricstore