As I am packing up to go to quilting twice a month I keep reminding myself that I should have an insulated lunch bag to keep my food cold instead of just tossing it into a gallon zip-lock bag.
When I was trolling the internet for something else the other day, I came upon a link to a digital pattern for just such a lunch bag and ordered the pattern for download.
I did change up a few supplies along the way but the pattern was useful and got me going in the right direction.
I already had a large piece of fabric on hand that was marked in the selvege as being Scotchguarded. Since it was the only fabric in my stash with this treatment I decided to use it for both the exterior and lining of the bag.
I also already had on hand some of the InsulBrite which is an insulating batting like one would use in making potholders and... lunch bags!
The instructions called for webbing to use as the handle and the binding. I made my own handlle from the fabric and folded it in and in again (to make four layers) and edge stitched it. I used some on-hand double-fold seam binding for the binding edges and I had sew-in velcro on hand for the closure.
Here is a front view of the bag:
This 3/4 view shows how wide the bag is on the sides:
Here is a view of the interior. You can see the velcro closure, the way the sides fold in and the lining:
The base is large enough for my freezer block to lay in the bottom as well as having enough room left for a drink bottle, and all the other lunch foods (plus snacks).
Thanks to the Scorchguard finish, I will be able to swipe out the inside from crumbs and other debris.
I'm looking forward to using it this weekend.