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How to Sew a Lunch Bag Full Guide of 2023

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When it comes to getting work done, be it at school or work, food is always important. What’s the best way to make sure you have the energy you need? By packing lunch of course!

If you’re packing lunch every day, move away from a flimsy paper bag. Luckily, it’s super easy to make your own lunch bag!

lunch bag pattern

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In these tutorials you will learn how to make lunch box cover bags, whether repacking’lunch pack for school or work.

Quilted versus fabric lunch bags

There is minor difference between quilted and fabric lunch bags. The choice between the two options depends entirely on your own preference.

A padded lunch bag is an excellent choice for people who have a lot of spare fabric lying around. The quilting process may also give you a firmer bag.

However, you can easily make a sturdy bag with a base cloth design; secure seams and handles, and you’re good to go!

Sew lunch box bag

lassic lunch bag with zipper

This easy lunch bag cartridge is perfect for beginners who want to save time, although it might start with can .

Several KyUDSx7ec4SYLw8yt6IezYQp that form a pattern, and while multiple pieces may seem overwhelming, it is simply a matter of putting them together.


  • Outdoor fabric, especially a thick fabric of decorator weight.
  • Sewing machine.
  • Zipper, 25 cm.
  • Tailor’s halk (or another way to mark your fabric).
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot.
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  1. utout pattern pieces

There are three sizes of fabric to cut out. The largest piece should be 48 x 15 cm. This will be your center piece and will form the main body of the bag.

The second size is 23 x 15 cm. ut out two pieces of this size. These will form the sides of the bag.

The smallest piece is 3 x 10 inches. ut out two pieces here too. These are for the zipper.

If you want cleaner edges, you can make two pieces of piping 50 cm long.

lunch bag pattern

By Annie Andre (reative ommons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 License)

  1. onnect the middle and side pieces

Take the largest piece (the middle piece) of your fabric. Find the center of the longest edge and mark it with tailor’s chalk or a washable marker. Then grab a side piece. Find the center of the shorter edge; mark this too.

If using piping, place it on the larger piece with the cord side facing you. The larger piece should also be right side facing you. (For beginners, qG0RVNdisoX1oumAi3qRPw2ckWJL4Iz3Zz here.)

Place the two pieces on top of each other so that the marks right sides together. Now sew the length of the shorter piece to attach it to the larger piece with a zipper foot.

Open it and long press the seams with your finger.

  1. Start forming the bottom of the bag

Now it’s time to add the longer side pieces to the larger piece to confirm. With the right side still facing you, take the top of the side piece and fold it down at a 90-degree angle.

The left side of the shorter piece should align with the top left side of the larger piece. The side piece should be slightly larger; this is fine.

Sew these sides together. It will now look like a corner of the bottom part of the bag.

  1. Add the second part of the bottom

Now join the other side of the shorter piece of fabric.

To do this, take the other side of the shorter piece of fabric and attach it to the other side of the longer piece of fabric. fabric piece. At this point it should look three-dimensional.

If you have sewn all the correct pieces together, have an incomplete bottom part of the bag, with one short side missing.

  1. Add the missing side piece

Now it’s just a matter of adding the missing side piece. First, find the center of the shorter end of your side piece and the center of the bottom piece.

Then join the two pieces. Once connected, it is easy to attach the longer edges of the side piece to the rest of your bag.

At this point you should be able to support the bag upwards, and it should keep its shape.

diy lunch bag

  1. Make the zipper

Put your current creation aside, because now. It’s time to make the top part of your bag!

Take the smallest pieces and place them face down on your work table. Line up one edge of the zipper, also face down, against the longer edge of a piece. enter the zipper and sew with the zipper foot.

Sew the other edge of the zipper with a zipper foot and your top is done!

  1. Attach the zipper to your bag

To attach the zipper, place the body of your bag first so that the side pieces and right of you. Note that the side pieces are the ones with a piece of fabric sticking out.

Then grab your zipper, still pointing down. Hold it crosswise and find the center of the edge closest to you. Mark this center. Then take the edge of the pocket closest to you (this belongs to the largest piece of fabric) and find and mark the center.

Join the two edges with the centers aligned. Then join the side seams to the rest of the zipper as well, leaving a ¼ inch seam. Sew from one end of the side seam, including the center piece, to the other end of the side seam.

Sew with a zipper stitch, leaving a ¼ inch seam. They turned slightly this seam along the corners, but you can adjust it by adding or subtracting the seam allowance. Trim the seams after you gHZGohk.[196590day]Turn the bag inside out

To attach the rest of the bag zipper, we will have to turn the bag inside out times. Open the zipper slightly and turn it inside out.

Now the bag should have a rectangular shape, as the extra fabric from the side seams into the bag. Sew the remaining side of the zipper as you did in the previous step.

  1. Make the handles

For the handles, cut two pieces of fabric that are 2 ½ inches wide and 14 inches long.

Fold each piece lengthwise along the center. Then sew the edges together with a ¼ inch seam. Turn them inside out.

  1. Attach the handles

Open the bag slightly so you can expand the inner side seams. Divide this edge by three so that you have two marks.

Place the ends of the hands on these two marks and sew. Do this for the second handle as well. eVnF9HcmkeB98fW the handles at least three times as they will hold the contents of the bag.

Put the handle and slides back into the bag.

lunch bag pattern

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  1. Finish the side seams

Now it’s time to line the seams on the top of your bag; this ensures that your fabric will not fray from the inside. The lining also makes your bag sturdier so that it can hold more weight.

To finish your side seams, you can cut long fabric strips and edge them along the fabric. You can also go along the seams with a zigzag stitch.

  1. Finish the bag

After finishing the side seams, turn your bag inside out. Ta-day! You have a new lunch bag.

Here is a video showing an alternative to a DIY lunch bag.

loth Lunch Bag

For those taking a faster lunch bag project, this tutorial is for you. The pattern makes for a smaller bag that can hold little more than a sandwich, but it’s great for those who like to pack light.

They’re also really easy to make, so you can make several to take with you for lunch!


  • Two pieces of 14 x 27.5 inch outer fabric.
  • 15 x 27.5 inches of interfacing.
  • Snap fasteners or Velcro.


  1. Fold your fabric in half, opening 4.5 inches from the top.
  2. Measure 7.5 cm upwards from the two bottom edges. Next, make two horizontal lines from the 2.5 inch sides. Measure 2.5 inches to the center from the top edges and make lines 4.5 inches long down.
  3. ut out the two lines from the top so that you have two. rectangles.
  4. ut over the bottom marks as well so you have two slits. Add the fabric behind it.
  5. Now sew along the sides of the fabric, staying between the marked areas.
  6. Flatten the bottom of your bag and trim the excess fabric. It should form a rectangle. This edge should now be open. Sew it closed and you have the bottom of your lunch bag. Do the same for the other side.
  7. Apply nonwoven to your fabric and repeat the same pattern as for your outer fabric. Place one in the other and sew the raw edges together. Leave an opening for your front cover.
  8. Turn your lunch bag inside out and stitch around the top.
  9. Fold in the middle and attach the Velcro or snaps. You are done!

Isolated Lunch Bag

When it comes to lunch bags, you may of course want to keep your food warm or cold. For that you need an insulated lunch bag!

This design is both cute and functional. While it is best suited for more advanced seamstresses, as a beginner you should definitely try it!

diy lunch bag

By Annie Andre (reative ommons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 License)


  • 1/2 yard oil cloth.
  • 1/2 yard of nylon fabric.
  • 1/2 meter needle punch insulated liner.
  • 14-inch zipper.
  • 1 yard and 1 inch polyester tape.
  • oordinating Thread.
  • Universal Norman Ewing Needles.
  • Fabric scissors.
  • Ruler.
  • Binding clips.
  • Sewing machine.


  1. ut out 30 x 60 cm oil cloth, nylon fabric and insulated liner.
  2. Place the insulated liner along the wrong side of the oilcloth. Match at the edges. Then sew along the side seams with a ¼ seam allowance.
  3. Align the outer edge of the zipper with the side edges of the oilcloth, right sides together. Place the nylon fabric on top of the zipper, so that the zipper is between the oilcloth and the nylon fabric. lip the edges in place and sew with a zipper foot, leaving a ¼ seam from the teeth of the zipper.
  4. Open the fabric at the seam. Bring the opposite edge of the oilcloth fabric to the other side of the zipper, right sides together. Take the nylon fabric back, aligning the edges so that the zipper is back between the nylon and the oilcloth. lip it in place and sew with a zipper foot, again keeping a quarter inch from the teeth of the zipper.
  5. Now place the oil cloth and insulated liner on the right side together, with the zipper in the middle. Align the edges and clip, leaving a five-inch space so you can turn your bag inside out later. Sew around the edges, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Trim the seams.
  6. Turn the bag right side out. Sew along the opening to close.
  7. Flatten the corners into triangles so that the side seam is in the center. lip the triangular edges to hold them in place. Then sew a straight line across the bottom of the triangle. Repeat on the other side. ut the triangles, keeping a ¼ seam from the stitches you just made.
  8. Now cut out two lengths of web 15 inches long. Fold the bottom about ½ inch to the wrong side. Find the center of your bag and measure three inches on either side of the center. Pin the folded edge of the webbing two inches from the top on each side; do the same for the other side.
  9. Sew around the bottom of the band.
  10. And congratulations! You have your insulated bag!

This video shows another example of an isolated DIY lunch bag.

own lunch shouldn’t be difficult. With these simple tutorials, you will have lunch on the go with fun and style!

What’s your favorite DIY lunch bag pattern?

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