Free project: Zah pocket

zah pocket

In my attempts to be a “good Mom,” I try to send a wholesome lunch pack with my kids to school every day, and be green with the packaging too. Kids can be finicky and it’s a big bummer to see the same items return home in the afternoon.

What makes a meal more eatable is not only the adorable handmade fabric wrap (check out the cuties in this book by our Design Collective called Lunchbags! by the way), but also the temperature…I think we can all agree warm foods should be warm, cold foods should be cold. With the challenge of 4 hours from pack-up until eating time, I needed Insul-Fleece®!

Case in point: hot-from-the-oven pizza is often an item I send along to school. Turns out my daughter has been eating her pizza at snacktime (10 am) because it’s cold by lunchtime.  Taking on the role of Mom with a mission, I quickly whipped up the “Zah Pocket.” Guess what…the kids said it worked! Their pizza was still warm at lunchtime.

zah pocket test

Now, my kids usually say nice things about anything I make them, so I decided to prove they weren’t just trying to make me feel good for my efforts.  I tested it myself.  On the weekend, I packed up a pizza lunch in each of their lunch boxes.  One was wrapped in tin foil alone, and the other foil pouch was tucked in the Zah Pocket.  At noon I did a drum roll and…the Zah Pocket was much warmer.  Turns out my kids weren’t pulling my leg in an effort to boost mommy-love.

These pockets have been great for keeping sandwiches, burritos and more warm, as well as keeping box drinks cold. Love that Insul-Fleece! Read on for complete project instructions.

Finished size is 6.5″ x 9″


• Insul-Fleece piece  8″ x 22″
• Interior Fabric – 6.5″ x 20.5″
• Exterior Fabric –  8″ x 22″
• 3.5″ velcro fastener


1.  Place the exterior fabric on top of the Insul-Fleece, right side out.  Quilt as desired (walking foot recommended).  Trim to  6.5″ x 20.5″.


Step 1

2.  Place interior fabric on top of exterior fabric, right sides together (Insul-Fleece, exterior fabric, interior fabric – bottom to top, in that order).


Step 2

3.  Sew around perimeter through all layers.  Leave 3″ unstitched along one side. Turn right side out. Press, then sew the opening closed.

4.  Sew one side of the velcro fastener to the exterior, 2″ from end.

5.  Sew the other side of fastener to the opposite end on the interior, 1″ away from edge.

6.  Fold (exterior fabric on outside), so the edge is  approximately 4.25″ from the top end (see above picture).  Check that the flap will fold over so both hook-and-loop fasteners match up.


Steps 4 - 6

7.  Satin stitch along sides where 2 layers meet.  A second option would be to use binding tape around all edges.


Step 7

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  1. Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    What a terrific idea! We like to pack food in the car when we take roadtrips. Keeping items cold isn’t usually an issue due to the availability of ice and the cooler in the car but keeping the food hot is. Pizza (gluten-free) is one of our favorite items to eat in the car since it is an easy item. Thank you!

  2. Marthie
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    i just love this idea of yours. I am on holiday in the UK(visiting my daugther) and discovered this blogg. First time that I heard of insul-fleece. Will go hunting for it here in the UK cause I dont know if it is available in South Africa. Thanks for the idea

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