Too cool for school.
Why go back to class with a boring bag when you can DIY one that is totally one-of-a-kind? Our roll-top lunch bag is a fan favorite, and we’ve updated the original lunch bag sewing tutorial to give you more options for making one. You’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to fabric, and luckily there are many colors and styles of Dritz belting to pair with your fabric. Use a Dritz swivel hook and D-ring hardware combo to create a secure closure to finish it off.
Take a look at the original roll-top lunch bags we made earlier this year. Read through the full sewing tutorial and supply list on the original post. These bags were a real hit on social media, so we decided to make a couple more.
Here is the new lunch bag. How did we change it up? We gave the closure an update by using a swivel hook and D-ring. It’s a little more secure than the original bag closure, and guarantees your lunch stays put!
And that belting – love it? There are more styles available, so we decided to update it, too. The sayings belting is especially great for students, makers and creatives. But be sure to check out all the styles and sizes, including solids and stripes. The key thing to remember when using belting with buckles, rings and swivel hooks is that they need to be sized right to work together. For this new bag we used 1-1/2″ belting and D-rings/swivel hooks hardware with 1-1/2″ openings. (You could also make the bag with 1″ belting paired with 1″ hardware.)
So, to make the new bag, you’ll replace the belting/rivets and fabric cuts with the below. (All other tools, supplies and instructions remain the same as in the original lunch bag post.)
- 2 pcs: 9” x 18” front and back
- 2 pcs: 5 ½” x 18” sides
- 1 pc: 5 ½” x 9” bottom
- 2 pcs: 8 ½” x 16 ½” front and back
- 2 pcs: 5” x 16 ½” sides
- 1 pc: 5” x 8 ½” bottom
- 2 pcs: 8 ½” x 16 5/8” front and back
- 2 pcs: 5” x 16 5/8” sides
- 1 pc: 5” x 8 ½” bottom
First, we changed up the strap. Seal ends of belting/strapping pieces with Fray Check® liquid seam sealant or singe with flame.
On back piece of canvas, position end of 11” back strap 2.5” from the bottom and centered from side to side using an Omnigrid® 6″x 12″ ruler.
Stitch bottom end of strapping to back piece with a 1 ¼” box stitch. Draw the stitching lines to help you stitch the box neatly.
Insert end of 4” strapping piece through D-ring. Fold end under ¾” and stitch to secure.
On front piece of canvas, center strapping with D-ring at bottom edge of piece. Edgestitch around all edges to secure.
Complete construction of bag following original post instructions.
Insert 1” of back strap through swivel hook and fold back on itself. Be sure cut end of strapping is folded towards bag and will not be seen when bag is closed. Stitch with box stitch to secure.