Oil Cloth Lunch Bag Tutorial

Oil Cloth Lunch Bag Tutorial

I saw this neat-o idea for making lunch bags on Skip To My Lou and since I am in an Oil cloth-crazed phase lately I thought how perfect would these be for a picnic! I changed it up a bit though and added a velcro closure so the oilcloth would stay folded shut and make carrying the lunch bag a little easier for smaller hands. Wanna see what I did?

Adorable, isn’t it?
Ok, so here’s how to make one to tote your picnic lunch in:

Oil Cloth Lunch Bag with Closure
2-12 x 15 inch pieces of oil cloth
1-10 inch piece of 3/4 inch wide grosgrain ribbon
1-5 inch piece of 3/4 inch wide velcro (5 inches needed of the rough side and 3 inches needed for the soft side)
coordinating thread
sewing machine
rotary cutter and mat
*Again, I used a microtex 80/12 needle to sew through the oil cloth.

To make the lunch bag I basically followed the instructions on Skip To My Lou but added the closure to make it easier to carry. I first cut two 12 x 15 inch pieces of oil cloth and then cut two smaller 2 1/2 inch squares at the bottom of each shorter edge.

Then, I trimmed the top edges with pinking shears mainly to pretty-ify the top edge…not necessary but cute!
Go ahead and set aside your oilcloth now and get out your velcro and ribbon.

Here is my velcro and ribbon all ready to be cut!

Cut one 5 inch piece of the rough side of the velcro, one 3 inch piece of the soft side of the velcro and a 10 inch piece of your ribbon.

Singe both ends of your ribbon with a lighter so they won’t fray.

Then, fold both ends of your ribbon in about 1 1/2 inches and sew around the edges in a box shape, like the picture above.

Ok, so here’s a close-up for ya’ll

Then, sew the 3 inch long piece of the soft part of the velcro next to one of the folded edges you just sewed up.

Next, place the ribbon (soft velcro side facing the right side of the oil cloth) in the middle of one piece of oil cloth. The end with the soft side of velcro should be toward the top edge with about 2 inches of the ribbon hanging off.
I used scotch tape to hold down the ribbon closure while I sewed it in place since oil cloth is so slippery. You will just sew right over it and peel it off when you’re done…easy peasy!

Here’s a close-up of how I sewed it onto the oil cloth.

Then, place the rough side of the velcro (rough side facing toward you not the oil cloth!) in the middle of the other piece of oilcloth but this time about 3 1/2 inches down from the top edge…see picture above! Use some more tape to keep it in place while you sew!

It should look like this when your done.

Oil Cloth Lunch Bag Tutorial

Then, place right sides of your oil cloth pieces together and sew along the long length of both sides and the short length of the bottom (top left picture). Then, press the bottom corners together with your hand so the cut edges line up and sew across (top right and two bottom pictures).

Flip your bag inside out and turn the top seam (pinked edge) inwards 1/4 inch and sew in place. And lastly, sew down each corner edge of the bag to give them that nice crisp look…sorry no pictures of this part, I got way to excited to finish! Go check out Skip To My Lou for some pics of this!!
All done!!
Shall we take a look at our super awesome finished product again?
Ok, cool…let’s do it then!

Oil Cloth Lunch Bag Tutorial

So if you have lots of food to tote around (like we usually do…little piggies, I know!), here’s what the bag looks like with the top folded over once.

Oil Cloth Lunch Bag Tutorial

Here’s the front of the bag when it’s all the way open.

Oil Cloth Lunch Bag Tutorial

And here’s the lunch bag folded over twice!

Oil Cloth Lunch Bag Tutorial

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