Friday, 30 January 2015

School Lunchbag


Ever since starting back in Year Two my daughter has been having school dinners and for the most part enjoying them. Queuing up, choosing her meals, which mostly end with cake and custard, biscuit and custard, rice krispie cake.... and custard. No I am not kidding. Sounds disgusting right?

Well, recently information has filtered through about the portion sizes the children are getting and together with the way my daughter devours her post-school snack and then asks how long dinner will be, we decided to try packing sandwiches again. I am glad of the choice that we have with regards to the hot dinners. The options are good, don't get me wrong. But my daughter has a healthy appetite and I want her to be able to concentrate during afternoon lessons and not be grumpy when she gets home. She can't do either if she is hungry. So we have come to an agreement that she can have the school meals she likes such as Fish and Chips on a Friday (why wouldn't you love that) and she likes her pasta day on a Tuesday. Other days I have said she can have a packed lunch.


I was also really happy to have an excuse to make up this lunchbag pattern. This is the Love Your Lunch Box PDF from Gingercake Sews. It is the perfect size for a school packed lunch and will keep her sandwiches and juice nice and cool until midday thanks to the thermal insulated batting it is interlined with.

The main exterior fabric is made from a quilting weight cotton and I chose two beautiful prints from Anna Maria Horner that I just love. The main exterior is Field Study Cell Structure and the contrast on the sides is Hugs & Kisses in Candy.


Inside the bag is lined with laminated cotton. This makes it easy to wipe any spills.

I won't lie, it was a nightmare to sew through all the layers of cotton, interfacing, insulated batting and laminated cotton. My machine was put to the test around those corners. Like Virginia says in her instructions though, the finished result is worth a bit of sweat and tears. I love the sturdiness of the bag and the capacity of the main pocket is perfect.


Either side of the bag are slim pockets that would fit a snack bar or some tissues.


We will give it a first run on Monday but for today L was happy to have her lunch in it and model it for me.


Trouble is she will now lay claim to it and cry if she sees it going into Boo's school bag. If it works out then I will make another one for when she starts in September. (Can't believe she starts this year, that has come around so fast!)


10 comments:

  1. The bag is wonderful! I have seen the pattern around the web and often thought about getting it. Glad to hear that it's a good one.

    We do the same with my kids...they buy when it's pizza day but bring a packed lunch the other days.;)

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    1. Thanks Cindy! I really enjoyed sewing it up.

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  2. Wow, that is a really elegant lunch box/bag. I was just wondering about how the insides would last when you said laminated cotton. Obviously!
    I've seen the metal foil insulating stuff and wondered what it would be like to sew, or what (other than oven mitts) you'd use it for. now I know!

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    1. The insulbrite is clever stuff. I bought a meter of it a while back and still have lots left. Now you remind me, I do need new oven mitts....

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  3. Wow, that's amazing!! I am so impressed that you made that, it looks great and will be completely individual. Mine is on school meals every day but I'm not convinced she's eating them. She has a really small appetite anyway and eats very slowly but she doesn't like sandwiches or other packed meals so school meals it is!

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    1. Thank you Jenna! I will have that concern when L starts school. She barely eats anything somedays and I will have to mix up her meals to make sure she is getting enough.

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  4. Really love this Katy - it is the most lovely lunch bag I've seen!
    We don't have a school lunch potions here so it's packed lunches for us all - the kids have bought bags, but I have a Gingercake bag (the hobo lunch sack) on my sewing list for me :-)

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  5. The fabrics you picked are so, so lovely on this! My girl has a lunchbox from this pattern and she's really liked it. It's also held up well, but I hear you about sewing through all those layers. And the laminated cotton did not agree with my machine one bit!

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