lunch sack

Back to school lunch kit

This washable and re-usable lunch sack is perfect for school or work or even picnics.


  • 2 cotton tea towels or other sturdy washable cotton/linen fabric
  • (For the large bag: 4 pieces 35x40cm;  for the small bag: 4 pieces 25x35cm)
  • Stiff iron-on interfacing (optional)
  • Small length of elastic (elastic hair tie is perfect) + a cute button


  • Sewing machine
  • scissors, pencil
  • Ruler and pins

Step 1

  • – Cut your fabric 2 pieces each for the outside + 2 for the lining (35 x 40 cm / 14 x 16 inches for the large bag or 25 x 35 cm / 10 x 14 inches for the small bag)
  • – OPTIONAL: Cut out 2 pieces of interfacing the same size as your bag pieces (this is to stabilise and strengthen the fabric). Iron this onto the wrong side of 2 of your pieces of fabric. This will become the lining.

Step 2

  • – Sew, with rights sides together, your 2 pieces of fabric for the outside of the bag. Only sew the sides and bottom seams, leave the top open.
  • – Then turn the bag so that the seam are aligned and the base makes a diamond shape. Mark 5cm in from the corner tips and draw a line across (see the photograph). Then sew across this line. And trim off the excess fabric.
  • – Repeat these steps for the lining and turn it right sides out.

Step 3

  • – Place the lining and outer bags one inside the other, with right sides facing and seams aligned. Then sew around the top of the bag, leave a 5cm gap in which to turn the bag right side out. Pull out the lining through the gap and then push the lining back into the bag, so that you have right sides facing outwards. Sew a top seam around the top edge, which will also sew the gap shut.

Step 4

  • – Press the bag so that it resembles a gusseted paper bag. Sew on a button onto the front of the bag and an elastic tie onto the top, to close the bag. Alternatively you could attach velcro.


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.


In the northern hemisphere its back to school – and in the south the year continues and everything seems sort of worn out – so it is time for some school lunchbag crafting.


I love the lunch bag thang thats happening here are some lunch bag tutorials that I like: Notebook lunchbag on design*sponge [see image above] and woodgrain lunchbox too : purlbee embroidered lunch bag : The Storque shares this tutorial from Amy Karol’s new book : Martha Stewart’s oilcloth lunchbag : and here is a lovely linen patchwork lunchbag : and a bicycle frame lunchbag from evil mad scientist.