We’ve got three heading to school this year: our oldest is a sophomore (!!), Miss #2 is heading to all-day pre-K, and Mr. #3 will be at preschool three days a week once he turns two. That’s three lunches most days of the week. We’ve been sitting pretty on the lunchbox-rescued-from-yard-sales tip for a couple years, but this year, I felt the siren song of a new indulgence: laminated fabrics.
Ever since Anna Maria put out her Good Folks laminates, Westminster/Free Spirit has had the good sense to put some of their top designs out in this format. These are not oilcloth, they’re the actual fabric coated in a thin layer of PVC laminate, and they’re positively fabulous to work with. You can pleat and gather them, they’re supple and forgiving, and the prints are amazing. I pulled from the selection we have in the shop and whipped up three new lunch bags for this new school year.
Yes, I said three. Miss #1 loves hers so much she declined to be deprived of its company for the day to allow it to be part of this photo shoot. Rest assured, it’s faboo.
I used Ellen’s free pattern from over at The Long Thread, and these whipped up in a snap! I’m especially fond of the leather handles on Mr. O’s bag (the leather came from a salvaged interior designer swatch book).
Loving these, and very excited that all my Twitterfolk gave me excellent suggestions for bento boxes to put in them! I ordered these via Cool Mom Picks, and also popped for some back-ups here. Looking forward to whipping up school goodies all year long!
Happy stitching, y’all!
Project details: Pink lunchbox was made from 1/4 yd of Lindy Leaf laminate from Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane, plus 1/2 yd of Bite Me quilt-weight cotton from Michal Miller. Black lunchbox was made from 1/2 yd of Slim Dandy laminate from Nicey Jane and 1/2 yd of Rat Race quilt-weight cotton from Michael Miller. Handles are in red 1″ cotton webbing and black remnant full-grain leather.