Lunch bags are not just for lunches anymore

When I saw Lunch Bags! as a new Stash Books release, I thought about all the uses these bags could have besides carrying lunches. Children especially enjoy using these smaller-size totes for carrying their precious things. My 3-year-old grandson loves little match-box-size cars. Mater the Tow Truck from the movie Cars is his all-time favorite character, so I made a Mater bag for him to carry his cars and other toys in when he comes to visit Grandma. It is also useful for clean up at bedtime because he can quickly and easily gather his cars together and throw them in the bag—no fussy organizing needed. (Little boys aren’t fond of fussy organizing!)

Mater Bag

The Mater bag I made for my grandson

Reusable Lunch Bag

Lucy Blaire's Reusable Lunch Bag

To make the bag, I modified the “Reusable Lunch Bag” project by Lucy Blaire in Lunch Bags! by using canvas rather than laminated cotton. I changed the cut sizes a bit to fit the appliqué, attached a store-bought embroidered appliqué of Mater, sewed the bag together, and voila—a useful bag he loves!

Bicycle Lunch Bag by Joan Leppek

Bicycle Lunch Bag by Joan Leppek

I think my next project will be Joan Leppek‘s “Bicycle Lunch Bag” on page 75 of the book. Kids as well as adults can use it to carry their sunscreen, snacks, and anything else they need while biking. The bag’s handles convert so it can be carried by hand, making it very versatile. Or what about giving it to an older person to use as a caddy on a walker or making it for a new mother as a purse that attaches to a stroller? Also, I think the “Quilted Cotton Lunch Bag with Drawstring Closure” by Yoko Drain on page 115 of the book would be a perfect bag for small needlework or craft projects. The ideas are endless.

 "Quilted Cotton Lunch Bag with Drawstring Closure" by Yoko Drain

"Quilted Cotton Lunch Bag with Drawstring Closure" by Yoko Drain

Lunch Bags!Please share any ideas that you might have for fun uses for the projects in Lunch Bags!

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  1. Denise Wisecaver
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I love these bags. However, I’m having a problem with the Executive Lunch Purse…page 24 pattern pieces state cut 1 lining. Cut 1 insulating. I’m confused! The written directions for Lining and Insulating the bag appear to need 2 pieces of lining and insulating fabric. Is this right or am I missing a step?

    I’m hoping to hear from you quickly. Thank you,

  2. Posted November 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    i love the handlebar lunch bag…might have to make me one of those– for the kids ;)

  3. Posted November 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Your bags are super cute-
    I love the bicycle bag too- very nice fold.

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