The lunch bag that I use for work is falling apart. By “falling apart” I mean that the vinyl liner has cracked and the foam “insulation” (I use that term loosely) is falling out. I need to do something soon.
I thought about just patching it somehow. Yet, there have been many times that I wished it was a little bigger so that I could fit both my salad container and a slightly bigger container of fruit in it without spilling juice all over. I’ve looked all over, but I’m really picky about my lunch bag so I refuse to buy just any ol’ lunch bag. I don’t want to waste my money on something that I won’t use. The bag that I’m using now didn’t cost me anything as it was a gift from my previous employer. Our company won supplier of the year from a fairly large customer and I guess that our company decided to get morale up by giving us lunch bags. They were actually nice bags as I think that they were Koozie brand. Anyway, mine is now falling apart. I decided I have nothing left to do but design and sew my own. HA! Now you see why Chester is ignoring me…
Here’s what I expect from a lunch bag:
- Ample room for both food containers AND ice packs
- It will zip so that I don’t have to worry about anything falling out when I toss it into my car at the end of the day.
- It will be easy to wash out if something spills.
- It will keep the chilliness from the ice packs INSIDE the bag.
- It will be a Goldilocks size: not too big and not too small
- It won’t be pink
That’s not really asking for much, is it? So I started looking around for patterns…
Over on Craftsy I found this pattern. This is pretty close to the shape and design that I’m looking for, but in a much larger size. And with a handle.
I like the boxy lunch bags. My square lunch containers fit in them a lot better than the lunch sacks that you see in stores and such.
Then as I was looking around, again on Craftsy, I came across a pattern for an ice pack. I read how easy they are to make and it gave me an idea…
Currently I use the blue igloo ice packs in my lunch bag, but after a while they develop cracks and leak. Also, there’s not enough room in my bag to accommodate two so I either keep the top or the bottom of my lunch cold. This was my thought… what if I designed a lunch bag that had pockets in the inside for the custom-fit ice packs to fit into? Then I could surround my lunch on all sides with coldness. Plus, if one of these leak it’s easy enough to make another one.
So while I was shopping at Wal-Mart one day I ran across their summer clearance. There was a vinyl tablecloth for $1. I grabbed it thinking that maybe I could use that to line the inside of the bag. I would then use the thermal batting that you can buy to help keep the cold in, but I was undecided what I wanted to use for the outside material. After all, it needs to be durable and washable.
That’s when I ran across this fabric. This is waterproof Oxford fabric that looks like it could work quite nicely. I was reading a blog called Sew Can Do and the woman had made a toy storage bin out of it. I went to the website where you can purchase this material and I’ve been drooling over it ever since. And instead of using the vinyl tablecloth that I bought I might actually buy some PUL fabric from the same place as the waterproof Oxford fabric. Technically the PUL was first developed for cloth diapers, but I think that it would work great as the lunch bag liner.
As I can find more time I will do more planning on this. Until then I will have to make my current lunch bag last.
What do you think? Any ideas or suggestions for me?