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Sewing Tutorial: DIY Lunch Bags with Fun Fabrics, Belting & Hardware

August 7, 2019

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.

Sewing Tutorial: Make Your Own Lunch Bags with Fun Fabrics, Belting & Hardware


Sewing Tutorial: Make Your Own Lunch Bags with Fun Fabrics, Belting & Hardware

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.

Sewing Tutorial: Make Your Own Lunch Bags with Fun Fabrics, Belting & Hardware

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!

Dritz Belting Color Chart - many sizes, colors, stripes, and sayings for DIY sewing projects

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.)

Dritz® supplies:

Fabric Prep:

Canvas fabric:

  • 2 pcs: 9” x 18” front and back
  • 2 pcs: 5 ½” x 18” sides
  • 1 pc: 5 ½” x 9” bottom

Lining fabric:

  • 2 pcs: 8 ½” x 16 ½” front and back
  • 2 pcs: 5” x 16 ½” sides
  • 1 pc: 5” x 8 ½” bottom

Thermal batting:

  • 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

Use Dritz Fray Check to Seal the Ends of Belting

First, we changed up the strap. Seal ends of belting/strapping pieces with Fray Check® liquid seam sealant or singe with flame.

Omnigrid Rulers for DIY Sewing Projects

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.

DIY Lunch Bag Sewing Tutorial with Dritz Printed Belting

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.

Dritz printed belting "original" with black Dritz D-ring hardware

Insert end of 4” strapping piece through D-ring. Fold end under ¾” and stitch to secure.

DIY Lunch Bag Sewing Tutorial with Dritz Printed Belting

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.

Dritz printed belting "original" with black Dritz swivel hook hardware.

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.

Sewing Tutorial: Make Your Own Lunch Bags with Fun Fabrics, Belting & Hardware

Fold sides in (like a paper bag) and roll down top of bag a few inches. Lay back strapping over rolled top and connect swivel hook to D-ring.

Sewing Tutorial: Make Your Own Lunch Bags with Fun Fabrics, Belting & Hardware

What do you think? Popular for a reason, right? Be sure to connect with Dritz on Instagram and Facebook and join the conversation about this and all of our other great projects and products.

 

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