Oilcloth Lunch Bag

I absolutely love oilcloth. I especially love the Mexican floral patterns that are available for purchase from different online shops. Months ago I ran into an oilcloth clearance on Fashion Fabrics Club and purchased a couple yards of oilcloth. I never really did anything with the oilcloth but I knew that I wanted to make some sort of lunch bag from them.

It wasn't until the other day when I ran across this Reusable lunch bag/car trash bag on Craft Buds that I was sure what to do with my little stash. So I pulled out a couple of coordinating prints and whipped one up.

I did make a few changes to the way that I sewed it. For example instead of cutting squares out of the corners as the tutorial calls for, I left them in tact and just boxed the corners of the bag. I also left the handle lining the same size and just sewed it in as part of the bag. I didn't fold the opening down and stitch, instead I stitched the bag outer fabric and lining together and trimmed close to stitching.

It turned out to be a pretty deep little sack. I love the cutout handle, makes it very easy for carrying and makes the bag a tad sturdier. I really like the idea of using oilcloth for a project like this because oilcloth absorbs cooler temperatures well and doesn't require a lot of finishing stitches to secure the fabric.

The next time I plan on making one of these I think I will fully line it and maybe add a snap to it. Maybe even pink the top edges.

This will be a nice pretty addition to my sandwich lunches to work. It gives me a little more height than my Old Navy oilcloth lunch bag and is much sturdier than it as well. I can't wait to pack a "sack" lunch now!!!


  1. Cute! I love the colors! I need to make me a spring/summer lunch bag :)

  2. That lunch bag is so cute, I love the colors you picked. I'm a new GFC friend. I would love if you stop by http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/ and be mine, too.


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