Lunch time!

A group of friends and I share a tradition of taking our kids’ teachers lunch during teacher appreciation week. We tally up the amount of lunches we need, notify our teachers and then gather in the morning to assemble the lunches. One friend makes delicious chicken salad, another brings croissants for the sandwiches, one brings fruit, another makes wonderful pasta salad and another awesome brownies. I take care of the packaging. Last year I made these sacks. This year I made oilcloth lunch sacks.

I first made a pattern out of cardboard measuring 15 x 12. Cut a 2 1/2 inch square out of each bottom corner.

Take two pieces of oilcloth right sides together and draw around your template. Cut out. I used small clothes pins to hold the pieces together.

I used pinking shears to cut across the top (very optional- I thought it gave the edge a finished look)

Sew down each side and across the bottom. I used a stitch length of 5 and 1/4 inch seams on the entire bag. My machine handled the oilcloth beautifully, but If you have any troubles, Sew Mama Sew has a wonderful article on sewing with oilcloth.

Fold in bottom of bag bringing bottom seam and side seam together

Pin bag bottom to bag side with clips

Sew across on each side

Turn bag right side out and fold in top of bag about 1/2″ and then top stitch

Measure about 2 1/2 inches from middle side seam on all four corners, finger press, clip with clothes pins

Top-stitch closely to the corner fold on each of the four sides



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49 Responses to “Lunch time!”

  1. amy Says:

    OK smarty pants- I love yr brain! Now, where did you get the olicloth?

  2. Amanda Says:

    Oh, I so, so, so, so needed this! I tried to do something just like this (to hold diapers and a tiny wipe case in my purse and totally botched it. You’ve given me the courage to try again, maybe with the matching oilcloth changing pad!

    Amy–our local upholstery fabric store (Denver fabrics (.com)) sells it, maybe you have something similar?

  3. Kristin Says:

    Hey; those lunch sacks look adorable! That is exactly what I was planning on doing with my oil cloth that I got in Canton, but didn’t have a pattern yet. Thanks for the tip!

    I got it from a vendor there named Sunshine fabrics. In canton it sold for $8/yard.

    I also found this site that looked promising:

    Hope that helps!

  4. stacy Says:

    I feel terrible. I didn’t know there was any such thing as teacher appreciation week!** I think there should be a handout given to all preschool mommies clearly stating all gift giving holidays!!

    So, keeping that in mind… Do you have any excellent ideas for end of school gifts for the two preschool teachers? I must redeem myself.

    (**I didn’t see any other smarty-pants mommies delivering appreciation gifts, so I was not alone.. but still. I feel terrible).

  5. Michelle Says:

    You rock, as always, my dear! Beautiful oilcloth, and such stylish bags. I so wish you were my neighbor. Oh, the fun we would have.

  6. Shelly G. Says:

    I loved the tutorial… I can think of so many ways your little bags could bless others. It makes me want to go out and get some oil cloth 🙂 Thank you so much for your efforts and sharing all your hard work.

  7. Zarah Says:

    I just love your cute ideas and wonderful tutorials – you always make me want to CREATE and give gifts!
    Thank you so much for that!

  8. Jenn Says:

    Love them! Your kids have some lucky teachers. 🙂

  9. Jennifer Says:

    Thank you so much for the instructions on the bag. Where did you get your oilcloth?

    I was up making monogrammed keychains for all of my kids teachers. I am glad this falls once a year!

  10. Lindsey Says:

    I wonder if you could use cotton DIY PUL for these. I have some extra from diaper making, I guess I should go try it!

    Very cute, and a great idea!!

  11. laeroport Says:

    Those look great, Cindy. And thanks for your list of ideas. From me, and our teachers!

  12. Candace Says:

    Those are great, I’ll bet all the teachers hope to get your children in their classes.

  13. heidi Says:

    alright, spill it. where did you find oilcloth around here?!?!?!?!

  14. Amber Says:

    What a great idea! I love that you take Teacher Appreciation Week so seriously. I look forward to doing the same when my own children are in school.

  15. Sue Says:

    Wow, great tutorial. Thank you. I’ll be making some of those, too!

  16. Angie L. Says:

    I cannot wait to make those sacks – they are so cute!!!

  17. marykz Says:

    hey ! you were tagged by Craftzine’s daily blog of cool stuff!!! Awesome!

  18. jessy Says:

    I love these! Guess what I’ll be making when I get back from my vacation? 😀

  19. Michelle Says:

    Fantastic! I’ve been wanting to make these for ages! Thanks for the clear instructions for a newbie sewer like me!

  20. P. A. Manders Says:

    I hate to be a spoil sport….these are so lovely. But isn’t oilcloth based on a vinyl of some kind or other? And doesn’t vinyl stink….and make the food taste sad or bad?

  21. nonlineargirl Says:

    Great! I made a lunch bag (with fabric treated with iron-on plasticy stuff) but your pattern looks like an improvement from what I did. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Kathi D Says:

    Thanks for the great photos and all! It’s always the simple things that give me the most trouble, because I dive in with no plan and no idea what I’m doing. This is a GREAT plan.

  23. Kathi D Says:

    P.S. I am so glad to find you via the craftzine site, and I have subscribed to your blog.

  24. Christine Says:

    I found you via whip up and wanted to give kudos for a great tutorial! Cloth lunch sacks are so handy and I love that you can fit the fabric to a personality. I’m bookmarking your tutorial for future use!

  25. Leslie Says:

    Great tutorial!

    Hart’s Fabric has a good selection of oil cloths too:

  26. Melissa Says:

    Does oil cloth sew like billboard vinyl?

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  28. Melinda Says:

    Okay, you know… clothespins. Never woulda thunk it. I’ve always used binding clips.

    Great tutorial. Bookmarking your site for future reference.


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  30. KittyPants Says:

    P. A. Manders Says:
    May 13, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I hate to be a spoil sport….these are so lovely. But isn’t oilcloth based on a vinyl of some kind or other? And doesn’t vinyl stink….and make the food taste sad or bad?
    P.A., I’ve used oilcloth for tablecloths, and nope, it doesn’t stink at all or make anything taste bad. It’s made with PVC, and seems to be fine for food use. It’s also tough and stain-proof. I love it!

  31. Korby Says:

    I love your ideas. They are SO GREAT!!! I need to go thank my sister inlaw for passing your blog on.

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  37. Jgirl Says:

    Love it! Won’t use this fabric as it can cause cancer but will try another more friendly fabric. THanks for the idea.

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    Just a small hello so I can subscrive to this site by email. =)

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  41. Andrea Maria Says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! My sewing machine (99k hand crank) handle the oilcloth also beautifully. I did exactly like you said, except that I use nylon tread. It looks really good!

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  47. Pat Dumas Says:

    great tute!!! Better than any I have seen. Clear, concise…thank you!

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