It's back to school time! For the past four years, I have used a plethora of bags, boxes, and totes to take my lunch and snacks to work. The problem was, none of these were ever big enough to fit everything I wanted to take, so either they didn't zip and food tumbled out all over the parking lot, or I had to just eat a frozen lean cuisine :'(
So before starting another school year with an insufficient lunch carrier, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own lunch tote. There were some definite specifications:
- Must be BIG
- Easy to clean
- Outside pocket for water bottle / coffee / other drinkage
- Inside very spacious (not a lot of little pockets) for stuffing exorbitant amounts of food
- Cute :)
One thing I must make clear is that my new creation is called the "lazy girl lunch tote" for a reason - I never ever take the time to pack a pretty lunch. I just throw everything I need to make a lunch into the lunch box and put it all together when its time to eat. For example, I want a sandwich, so I throw in the remaining loaf of bread, a bag of meat, a bag of cheese, maybe some mayo or mustard. Do I take the time to put it all together in a nice little baggie before I leave - ha! Ain't nobody got time for that - it's the morning people! (and don't even say "just do it the night before" - that's sleep time people)
With that in mind, I took measurements of two large tupperware containers, a bottle of dressing and coffee creamer to find the ideal "finished measurement" of my lunch tote:
Width - 11", Height - 11", Depth - 7"
I based the design on this lunch box - very simple and a great size! It seemed so easy to make, why pay money for it?! (isn't that the sewists official motto? lol)
I used two fat quarters for the main body (front/back, base) and one fat quarter for the accent (sides, pockets, top).
There is a gathered pocket on the outside and a large side pocket on the inside for ice packs (both lined).
|Inside out view|
The handles are just cotton twill ribbon I had leftover from this owl tote bag.
The edges are finished with a inverted french seam for stability AND a clean finish inside and out.
But best of all - LOOK HOW MUCH FITS IN IT! It's like the Mary Poppins bag of lunch boxes!
|Yes, I promise everything in the picture above is in this bag - even the giant box of lettuce!|
|And it zips!|
|Sorry salad, cheese, and creamer - no room for you! (And this is the most spacious of all my old lunchoxes!)|
|Hahahaha - its eating my old lunch box!|