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Muddlepud
« on: January 28, 2010 08:07:11 PM »

I've seen some really neat variations on the reusable lunch bag and other food storage items, and I knew of two people who would be able to use and appreciate something like this. So I set out to make two lunch sets. (Lots more photos to be found on my flickr page, link in my signature.)



I made:

Four cloth napkins. Two were simple squares cut to the same size as a standard paper napkin and hemmed. Two were "real" cloth napkins I had in a set that I no longer use; I embroidered them with the recipients' initials.



Four snack baggies. Two are lined with fabric and close with velcro. Two are lined with food-grade plastic sandwich bags. They can be washed and reused like the others and will hold in any food that might be a little messy. I don't know how long the plastic will hold up with reuse, but it would be easy to replace it over time.



(I did not take into account the fact that a clear lining meant all my raw edges and thread ends would be visible. Next time I will probably neaten that up a bit more!)

Two sandwich wraps. They're lined with more food-grade plastic, which I procured by cutting open a large freezer-size plastic bag. They're simple squares with velcro on the four corners to close them. You can find a similar pattern here.



Two lunch bags, made brown paper bag style. I used some black zigzag stitching to mimic the pinked edges of a real paper bag, and I embroidered the recipients' names with black perle cotton to look like they were written on with marker. There are a lot of similar patterns available, and I sort of combined all of them to make my own. The two I liked most are this and this.



My goal was to make these sets using items I already had on hand, in order to make the gifts even more true to the whole "green" idea. I am happy to say I succeeded, with the exception of a bit of velcro. All of the fabrics came out of my stash, some of them items that had been cut into and left to languish in the scrap pile. I can't tell you how excited I was to discover I had two pieces of brown twill that were exactly the right sizes for the lunch bags! I can't even remember why I had the twill in my stash.

I love the idea of using so many different fabrics for a mismatched look and the fact that all of these items can be washed and used over and over. Who wouldn't enjoy their lunch just a little bit more using these lunch sets?
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hey, are you going to throw that away?


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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010 08:17:00 PM »

i love that the bags look like brown paper bags!
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2010 10:03:34 PM »

YAY recycling!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2010 05:18:45 AM »

These are great. I love how you did them in a paper-bag lunch style it is sooo cute. In terms of your liner, and it being clear and all and probably not up to the job over several weeks of use may I suggest you take a look at this tutorial from Fire Flies and Jelly Beans.

http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-to-make-reuseable-lunch-bag-from.html

This woman used iron on vinyl as a liner and I think it was a rather smart move as it also added structure to the bags. I've never even heard of the stuff before but its probably fairly easy to find.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010 07:17:53 AM »

@jennique I considered some sew-in or iron-on vinyl, but the stuff you can find readily isn't usually food grade plastic, which means it may not be totally safe to have it against your food. (Chemicals could leach into your food even more than it does with food grade plastic!) I did some research, and it sounds like there are some products out there that are food grade, but they're harder to find. Bummer. Sad
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010 07:46:51 AM »

I LOVE the brown paper bag lunch tote..soo cute!!

I dont sew but I KEEP reading about the reusable liner issue..using the sandwich seems like a good option..good thinking Smiley

how is it replaced in the sack?? is it NOT sew'd in??

awesome job!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2010 09:58:52 AM »

Thanks, everyone! Smiley

@ smittenheart The liner is sewn into the bag, but it's such a small bag that it would take minutes to open up the seam and sew a new liner in. A little work, but not much. I read on a blog somewhere that someone who'd used a sandwich bag for something similar found that it really held up pretty well. Guess time will tell....
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2010 10:10:57 AM »

I actually bought a 'flower sack' from a craft show and its kind of the same thing..its a fabric bag with handles with a sandwich bag liner..the thought being to add some water for flower cuttings and to hang on your door knob..works well and I havent had any issues with leakage or a problem with it coming out..

if anything I would guess the fabric part would get more yucky than the inside since it can be wiped clean on the inside and more so spot cleaned on the outside..  Huh does that EVEN make sense Smiley

sounds like a winner to me Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2010 09:02:15 AM »

 I want to make reusable snack bgas/lunch bags as my next project. Did you use a pattern or a tutorial? I love the ones you made!!
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2010 04:38:11 PM »

I want to make reusable snack bgas/lunch bags as my next project. Did you use a pattern or a tutorial? I love the ones you made!!

Thanks. I didn't use a pattern or tutorial, just constructed them like a basic bag with a lining. I can put together a tutorial if you're interested.
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