2010 guest blogger series: Alisa Burke and her monster lunch sack

by Admin on 18/10/2010

in Guest Series 2010, Whip Up Tutorials

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I am happy to introduce Alisa Burke to Whip Up. You might recognise Alisa from her lantern lights tutorial using paper cups, or her driftwood city or even her altered flip-flops.

Hi I am Alisa and I am a freelance painter, and mixed media artist, I studied fine art at Portland State University with a major in painting and printmaking. With a background in painting and a desire to explore and push materials, I am always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. It is not uncommon to find me digging through the trash in hopes of finding something unique use in my artwork! My paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and featured in several publications. In addition to making art, I also teach workshops nationwide and have appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and Quilting Arts TV on PBS. I work as a Bernina Artisan and my book Canvas Remix was released spring 2008.

Monster Lunch Sack Tutorial

It is time to go back to school and while I don’t have kids, I have plenty of friends with little ones and a husband who acts like a kid! What better way to send your kiddos off with their lunches than in a fun monster lunch sack!

I stared with two pieces of fabric cut into a rectangle for the front and back. For the front I used a plain piece of canvas and for the back I used a piece of messy canvas painted with fabric paint. Optional – extra fabric to line the lunch sack if you want.

Next, I cut out simple shapes from fabric scraps to create a monster face on the front of the bag.

I used a darning foot to sew the shapes to the surface, using messy stitches to create lines, texture and details.

When the monster face was all sewn down, I sewed the sides and the bottom together with a straight stitch. While the bag was inside out, I folded the corners into triangles and sewed them down with a straight stitch.

Last, I used sticky back velcro and attached to the top and bottom of the bag.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Seanna Lea October 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

That looks like a lot of fun and like the type of project that a parent could get their kids to help on (aka, messy).


2 Kathleen in St. Louis October 19, 2010 at 8:50 am

Awesome! Fast, cheap, and easy, yet soooo creative.


3 lekshmi October 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

great alisa…kids will love it …lemme try this one


4 April October 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Fabulous!!! I love it!


5 letsread October 25, 2010 at 12:24 am

Thanks for the great idea. Made three tonight with my kids. We had a great time. Changed it a bit – added a zipper opening and handle and lined it. Will be perfect for lunch’s, trick or treating or just a little bag for an outing. Thank you so much!


6 Shantel February 26, 2011 at 11:40 am

I featured these on my blog!


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