If you read last Sunday’s post, you already know that Eco Etsy’s indomitable co-captain, Karen Lee, had quite an adventure on 6 March, giving her presentation on “How to Green Your Business and Save Money” at Martha Stewart’s Dreamer Into Doers event. Nice going Karen – we know you rocked the show!
A few of us Team Eco Etsy seamsters turned our work spaces into mini-sweatshops for the weeks leading up to the big event, in order to knock out 100 lunch bags, 100 utensil pouches, and 100 cloth napkins for inclusion in Karen’s swag bags to be handed out at the event. In my case, I recruited my sister Cath (who, conveniently, lives in my building) and I owe her a huge debt of gratitude for putting up with my whip-cracking. She knows me so well and volunteered anyway – what an angel!
A pattern for the lunch bag and utensil pouch, drafted by yours truly, is available here and you can follow this simple tutorial to make a set for yourself or for someone lucky enough to be your friend. Note: both patterns allow for 1/2â€ seam allowance.
- Cut 4 pieces – 2 for outside, 2 for lining.
- Mark the outside pieces for placement of velcro – one on the front, one on the back, as noted on the pattern. Sew the velcro on where marked.
- Starting with outside pieces, with right sides together, stitch side and bottom seams (leave cut out corners unstitched).
- Next, bring the corners together, matching seams, and stitch across, as diagrammed at the left. You now have one â€œbox bagâ€.
- Follow same procedure with the lining.
- Then, with right sides together and seams matching, nest the lining into the outer bag and stitch all around, leaving a two inch gap unstitched.
- Turn the whole construction right side out and re-nest the lining into the outer piece. Turn under and press and pin the opening, then top stitch all around, staying close to the edge (this will close the turning gap as well as top-stitch).
- Cut two pieces – 1 for outside, one for lining.
- Mark lining piece for placement of velcro at the rounded top and mark outer piece for placement of velcro at other end.
- Mark fold line 2 on outer piece.
- Sew on velcro where indicated.
- With right sides together, stitch the lining to the outer piece, leaving a two inch unstitched gap on one side.
- Turn the construction right side out , press.
- Fold up on fold line 2, with lining to the inside. Pin and stitch sides close to the edge (this will close the turning gap as well as top-stitch).
Suggestion – For both bag and utensil pouch you can use a botton and loop instead of velco.
Special thanks to the fabulous seamster volunteers who donated their time, materials, and talent for the effort:
- Evon Cassier – EvonCassier1
- Heather Robbins – Earnest Efforts
- Jennifer Wood – Lil Girl Shop
- Joon Wilkinson – joonE
- Karen Meyers – Karen Meyers
- Linda Everett – LindaEve
- Linsey Gjerstad – Eli’s Blankies
- Lisa Johnson – Johnsonfamilyzoo
- Myra Roldan – Herban Luxe
- Nikki MacCallum – NikkiDesigns
- Robyn Lancaster – Posh Pads
- Tiffany Norton – Picnic Basket Crafts
Please let us know, in the comments below, what you think of this tutorial.
All the best,
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