Let’s Do Lunch: A New Tutorial and Giveaway!

So has everyone been hopping through the awesome blogs and enjoying the gorgeous tutorials? Have you stopped by Ellison Lane and entered the awesome fabricworm giveaway? After all the awesome ladies before me, I’m a bit intimidated to present my tutorial to you, but hopefully, you’ll find something here that is useful to you :)

Little Lunch Sack Tutorial


If you want to check out all the other awesome blogs, just follow the list!

Friday, October 14- Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Saturday, October 15- Ayumi/Pink Penguin
Sunday, October 16- Amy/ Lots of Pink Here
Monday, October 17- Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, October 18- Penny/Sew Take a Hike
Wednesday, October 19- Kati/From the Blue Chair
Thursday, October 20- Lee/Freshly Pieced
Friday, October 21- Elizabeth/Don’t Call Me Betsy
Saturday, October 22- Melanie/Texas Freckles
Sunday, October 23- Lindsay/Craft Buds
Monday, October 24- Amanda/A Crafty Fox
Tuesday, October 25-Vanessa/Little Big Girl Studio

Ever since Sewing Summit, I have had the other Amanda‘s concept of mini quilts on the brain. She said she likes her minis to tell a story, a simple concept. So I paired that with a simple, sawtooth star and came up with this little lined zakka-style lunch sack. We are going to use some upcycled vinyl so that any fabric can be used for the lining and it will still be waterproof and easy peasy to clean! I made it using linen and Heather Ross Far Far Away III, but it could easily be adapted for a little boy or even a grown up (I am going to make one for my darling hubby who is so good about taking his lunch to work)

To make this lunch sack, you are going to need:

1 FQ Linen or Background
Large scrap of focus fabric for star
1 FQ for Lining
Upcyclable piece of vinyl (or purchased from Joanns)
13″X 22″ piece of Insulbright (or batting, if you prefer)
Button, Needle, Thread
Pins and notions (I

Lets get started!

(2) 3.5″ ‘fussy cut’ squares from your focus fabric
(8) 2.5″ linen squares
(8) 2.5″ focus fabric squares
(8) 2″ squares of linen
(2) 2.5″x 6.25″ pieces of linen
(2) 3″ x 10.5″ rectangles of linen for the below the star
(2) 4.5″ x 10.5″ rectangles of linen for above the star
(2) 10.5″ x 12.75″ from lining fabric
(2) 10.5″ x 12.75″ from vinyl
(2) 10.5″ x 12.75″ from insulbright


Whew! Now that’s done, let’s make our star! Start by making 16 Half Square Triangles using the 2.5″ inch squares. Draw a diagonal line corner to corner on the back of the linen, match up with the focus squares and sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. Snip apart and press!

Sew the HST’s into pairs. On four of the pairs, add the solid 2″ square at either end. Like so:

Sew the short pairs onto the 3.5″ fussy cut square. Then, sew the the longer pieces onto the empty sides of the 3.5″ squares.
How to Make A Star

Next we are going to assemble the outer shell of the lunch sack. Sew the 2 2.5″x 6.25″ to either side of the star. Then, place the 3″ strip on the bottom, the star strip in the middle, and the 4.5″ piece on the top. Sew together.



Once they are assembled, make a small mark on one of your outer shell pieces in the middle, right above the star. Iron a small piece of fusible interfacing on the back of the fabric, then affix your button on that mark.





I then bribed my little helper with Halloween Oreos to go play in the other room. And if one or two delicious cookies happened to slip into your sewing room, you won’t tell, right? :)


Now, we are going to assemble the lunch box. Gather your lining fabric, vinyl, and insulbright.

****NOTE: I sourced my vinyl from my linen closet. I have several of these vinyl zipper pouches that sheets come in laying around. I simply cut it along the seams with scissors, pressed out the wrinkles by laying some flannel on top and pressing with a hot iron. I would NOT recommend placing your hot iron directly onto the vinyl****

Layer your three lining pieces like this:

I pinned these three together and zig zag basted around the edges, just to keep the vinyl from slipping all over the place. You will do this twice, once with each set. Then, I placed them vinyl sides together and sew the sides and bottom together. Do the same to the outer shell by placing the two pieces right sides together and sew the bottom and sides together. Move to your cutting board, and cut and 2.5″ square out of each bottom corner.

Now, fold the bottom corners so that the side seam touches the bottom seam and pinch and pin it. Sew a generous 1/4″ from the edge (I reinforced the seam with a zig zag as well)
Do this with all four corners.

Now for the fun part. Leave your outer shell piece inside out. Turn the lining right side out. Place the lining inside the outer shell. Place pins around the outside, remembering to leave a 3-4″ gap (on the opposite side to the button!) to pull it all through in the end.

Sew about 1/2″ from the edge, leaving your gap. Pull lining and outer shell through the gap. Stuff the lining inside of the outer shell.

Pin a piece of elastic (I used a {new} hair elastic) into middle of the gap, and tuck the raw edges in. Pin. Top stitch around about 1/8″ from the edge.

Now, Voila! You have a finished lunch sack all ready to be wrapped up for Christmas! Yay, you!

On to the giveaway. Many of you know my husband and I run a little shop, WestWoodAcres on etsy. It is a fun hobby for us and we want to give away a $30 gift certificate to one lucky reader! To enter, just leave me a comment on this post telling me what you or your little ones are going to be for Halloween. This mama has no idea what to do for her toddler!

Followers (new or old) will get an extra entry if they leave a 2nd comment.

I’ll pick a winner using random.org on Wednesday , October 26th (although we have a halloween party that night, so I may not get to it until Thursday!)

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments as I try and reply to everyone!

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390 Responses to Let’s Do Lunch: A New Tutorial and Giveaway!

  1. 301
    Jamie says:

    Oops, hit return before finishing my comment. My littlest one will be a carrot this year and I will be a gardener!

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    Jamie says:

    I also just added you to my reader, really great blog!

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    sarah says:

    thanks for the tutorial and sweet giveaway.

    also, i love your comment form (font). :)

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    thepricklypinecone says:

    I think this year I am going to play safe and become a witch. Having left it late I don’t have much time to put it together.

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    thepricklypinecone says:

    I am now following your blog with GFC

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    Kathy says:

    I am a new follower. Great tute, Amanda. Your little girl is soooo adorable!

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    Kathy says:

    My little boy (4 years old) is going as a red guitar for halloween. He is sooooooo excited!

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    Aimee says:

    Cute – thanks for sharing! I love the idea of reusing those vinyl packages!

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    Grace says:

    I saw a really cute idea! The little girl was a crab and she had a pot with the bottom cut out that was held up with suspenders. She was so cute!

  10. 310
    Grace says:

    I follow your blog :)

  11. 311
    Melinda says:

    The 9 year old daughter decided she wanted to be a “regular” witch (we did Harry Potter inspired outfits last year so wanted to differentiate between an HP witch versus a ‘regular’ witch!) and the 5 year old son is a Transformer. I made their costumes last year but just went the bought route this year!

  12. 312

    I have no idea how you could even sew (much less something as adorable as this lunch sack) with that darling little helper. She is totally adorable.

    This looks like a fun crafternoon project for a group of friends!

    I really appreciate the idea!

    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial (and your little angel) with us.

    And thanks for the fun chance on your giveaway.

  13. 313

    […] Built around a Sawtooth Star quilt block, this lovely lunch bag is Crafty Fox’s entry in the 12 Gifts of Christmas Tutorials at Ellison Lane Quilts. She said she had been intimidated by all the other blogger’s entries, hers is the very last one in the blog hop. Well, no need to be, her lunch bag even has a vinyl liner. Go to her tutorial: Let’s Do Lunch. […]

  14. 314
    Tara K says:

    Cute bag! Even cuter assistant! :) Thanks for sharing this great tute!

  15. 315
    Jeanne says:

    My grandaughter is going as little red riding hood this year for Halloween. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. 316
    tusen says:

    Lovely lunch sack, thank you so much for the tutorial.

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    Sandy Corey says:

    My husband and I are going as ghosts, easy peasy is my motto. Actually we only go to one house, our friend, who has the best candy ever.
    Your lunch bag is cute. Clever use of the vinyl bags.
    Thanks for the inspiration

  18. 318
    Joyce Mitchell says:

    I’m a new follower. Thanks for the tutorial & giveaway.

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    Joyce Mitchell says:

    My husband & I will dress up as a banker & librarian for Halloween. I’ve always hated throwing away those vinyl bags so I have a small collection of them. Thanks for showing me that I can cut & sew them. Also thanks for the giveaway.

  20. 320
    cori says:

    Angelina Ballerina is what my 2 and half year old is going to be.

  21. 321
    Jennyroo says:

    I have three boys, and the running joke is that walking into our house is like arriving at a (ahem) sausage party! So my baby will be of course going as a hotdog. The bigger boys are going as knights (it was the plastic sword that sold them!).

  22. 322
    Jennyroo says:

    And, I am a new follower of the blog!

  23. 323
    meagan says:

    My toddler has decided to be a “gray moth” for Halloween this year. Last year, my boys dressed as soda cans.
    I think they were cute.

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    Crystal F says:

    My oldest is going as a non-sparkly vampire (meaning the normal Dracula kind). I get to make his cape for this which I have cut out and waiting to sew. My younger son is wearing a Boba Fett (forgive the spelling) costume my mom found at a yard sale for $1 and he’s happy. I think I’m going to be Katy Perry :)

  25. 325
    Crystal F says:

    I’m a follower.

  26. 326
    Bonie says:

    thanks for the tutorial, might just try this one

  27. 327
    Barb B says:

    Sorry no Halloween ideas here – I too am looking for something. I really like the idea of upcycling those bags I have saved for the lining of the lunch sack. I will be making a bag or two myself.

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    Diane says:

    CUTE bag! I love it! Thanks for the great tutorial and generous giveaway! Halloween… I haven’t even thought about it too much yet. How many days away is it now?? 😉 My little 6 month old girl is going to be a pink butterfly. My oldest son (3yrs) wants to be a “toy”. :) But when I ask what toy he says he wants to be a monster. My second boy (2yrs) is going to be a scarecrow. (Well, now that I say that, my oldest wants to be a scarecrow too. lol. I guess we’ll see what happens when it’s time to dress up!) :)

  29. 329
    Diane says:

    I am very happy to be a new follower! Cute blog! :)

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    Julie says:

    Thank you for this! My kids have a strange fascination with lunch bags for some reason. I can totally make them their own now!

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    Amy says:

    My kiddos are going as a gangster (his choice, not mine) a rabbit (easy and super cute) and a dinosaur (cute, not scary)~
    Good luck with your costumes!

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    Sam says:

    I am always a witch, my son will be some raggedy soul fresh from the grave, I’m sure. Love the little bag. Thanks for the vinyl idea.

  33. 333
    Janna says:

    I would LOVE to win gift cert from your shop:) You are doing what I dream of doing!! Fabric shop – yes please!! Beautiful fabric you have! I loved the little guy dressed as a bum on pinterest holding a cardboard sign that says will work for candy:)

  34. 334
    Janna says:

    I’m a new follower – via google reader!!

  35. 335
    Michelle says:

    This is a great tute! :) Sorry no ideas for you for halloween. We’ll just be hanging out as a family. :)

  36. 336
    Crystal says:

    We also have no idea!!!! I feel like such a procrastinator! LOL. Please enter me! I love your shop!
    Crystal at domesticbutnotmartha dot com

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    Elaine says:

    Love your bag especially reusing the bag from some curtains or linens. My husband & I will be going over to our daughters to hand out the goodies while she and her hubbie go out with our 4 grandbabies. I have no idea what they are going to be yet.

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    JudyCinNC says:

    Have really loved all of the tutorials – and thank you for your participation. Great tutorial. JudyCinNC

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    elsa says:

    I just found your blog stumbling around on the computer and just love it!
    This is a great tutorial, going to have to make it for me!

  40. 340
    elsa says:

    And I just joined your site ~ plus I’ve got it on my page to follow everyday1

  41. 341

    No kids for me…and I don’t currently believe in dressing up my puppy Jesse (a miniature dachshund)…I love the tutorial and love that you used an old linen bag for the lining. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway.

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    Lori says:

    We have an around the world theme going this year: the kids will be ancient Egyptian, Irish, Chinese, Native American, and French. My husband who hates dressing up will be a Spaniard (“Hello my name is Inigo Montoya” name tag) and I’m still trying to decide where to be from. Maybe just a tourist?

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    Karen O says:

    My little ones are not so little. My 13 year old is going to be a Barbie Doll, by 11 yr old a Zombie. Thank you for the great tutorial.

  44. 344
    Karen O says:

    I am now a follower. Happy to have the chance to learn from you and get to know you.

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    Nancy Sue says:

    My 4 yr old son informed me last week that he’s thinking about being a tree. “Not just any tree, Mama. A leafy tree with a bird’s nest with a Momma bird and her chicks. Oh, and a coupla squirels.”
    hmmmm perhaps the visit to the nature center should have been AFTER Halloween! Good luck with your costuming!!

  46. 346
    Nancy Sue says:

    I am a new follower. Wow, 485 followers. Almost to that great 500 number!!!!!! Congrats!

  47. 347
    Nina says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and great giveaway!

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    Erin Cross says:

    I love this little lunch sack! It would be great for us to go to the park with! My boys are going to be Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat.

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    Jen B says:

    Love the bag. I just started a new job and pack my lunch every day, so I’m definitely going to need to make this for myself!