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TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

How to make Bento Lunch Bag?  I know when I was searching online to buy them almost all the ones I saw were cute but pretty girlie and if you have a little guy, like I do, he may want one that has a bit more boy flair to it!


TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

I found this really adorable Japanese hippo fabric in navy blue from my blog sponsor, Modes4U.com. It’s called Dark Blue Oxford fabric with Hippo by Kokka. Isn’t it so cute! And totally boy…my Noah loved it when he saw it online and I have to say it is just as cute in person! This particular fabric is kinda like canvas but not as heavy, it’s really a great weight and super easy to sew with…no special needles needed.
This Bento Lunch Bag will fit a standard two-tiered bento box as well as a utensil set, a smaller bento box, or ice pack too. It also has a drawstring closure so it’s easy for small hands to open and close, hooray!

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

Bento Lunch Bag
2- 10″x5″ main (upper) fabric pieces
1-10″x7″ secondary (bottom) fabric piece
coordinating thread and sewing machine
scissors
2-29″ pieces of 1/4″ wide double fold bias tape
safety pin
serger (optional)

Isn’t this the most adorable fabric…I still can’t get over how cute all those little hippos are…and the little bird sitting on top every so often, cuuuute!

Ok, so you’ll need two pieces of you upper (main) fabric measuring 10×5 inches and one piece of your bottom (secondary) fabric measuring 10×7 inches.

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

First thing you need to do is sew the two main fabric pieces to the secondary piece with right sides together. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance to do so.  You can serge your seams for a more finished look if you like.

Once you have all fabric pieces sewn together, you can serge all four sides of the rectangle to clean up the edges if you’d like as well (see photo above). If you want the edges to look a little cleaner and do not have a serger then you will need to add about 1/2 inch to all pieces so that you can make a 1/4 double folded hem instead.

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

Next, fold over the short edges (wrong sides together) about 1/2 inch to make your casing.  Sew in place.

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

Then fold the rectangle in half right sides together and sew down each long side, like in the picture above.  Making sure to sew from the fold at the bottom ONLY to the very edge of the casing otherwise you will not be able to get your drawstring through!  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

Next, take the bottom corners of the lunch bag, still right side out, and pinch off the corner to make a triangle.  Sew a line 1 1/2 inches down the bottom of that triangle like the picture above.  Clip the triangle.  This will  make your lunch bag have a flat bottom to stand up on.

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch BagTUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

Finally, take your 1/4″ wide double fold bias tape and sew the open fold together to make one unit.  Pin one end with your safety pin and weave it into your casing at the top of your lunch bag.  Pull it all the way down one side of the casing and back down the other.  When you get to the end, make a knot so that the drawstring is connected and won’t get lost back into the casing.  Do these same steps but start on the opposite side so that you have a fully functional drawstring.

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

And there you have it!  One Bento Lunch Bag complete!
Do you see how that drawstring works?  You have two sets of strings in there each knotted on opposite sides.  Pretty cool, huh…magic!

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

Now you can fill up your newly made Bento Lunch Bag with all your lunch goodies and hit the road!

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag

Enjoy friends!
And thanks for stopping by today!

TUTORIAL: DIY Bento Lunch Bag


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