2 Birds in a Bush

Chic Lunch Bag, Part One

A bird in hand may be worth two in the bush, but these sweet little vintage farm images are worthy of a special roosting place of their own!  They've become the inspiration for creating a lunch bag, now that I am attempting to eat fresher food prepared from home. 

I've decided the medium for said lunch bag will be a pair of my hubby's old jean shorts that he, knowing me quite well, kindly donated to my studio rather than the trash heap. I'll give you a basic idea how to make this lunch bag in a two-part series. 


Cut out one of the front panels for the lunch bag. Find some images you want to use and sew them to the front panel, taking care to move the pocket out of the way so that it is still fully functional.

Aren't these images so doggone cute? I chose some coordinating fabrics to create 'patches.' These fabrics will be worked in to the sides and top panel of the finished bag.

The lunch bag will be pretty wide to accommodate tupperware dishes. Since I had some leg left from the back side of the shorts, I'm adding that to the length of the bag. I squared up the piece and stitched it to the front panel like this:
This long panel will become the front, bottom and back sides of the lunch bag. 


  

Now choose images for what will be the back side.  Here are some that continue with the avian theme...
Be sure to sew the patches going the proper direction for when the bag is standing up.  

Here is what the full panel should look like now. 


*Click here for the directions to complete the bag!*


Q: Did you ever take your lunch to school? If so, was it the good ol' brown bag, or did you have a favorite lunch box?
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