Last week we showed you how to easily make your own cotton rounds as an easy, quick project. This week we’re taking it up a notch but sticking with the ‘make your own’ mindset and a beginner friendly level: we have made a pattern for you to make two versions of a lunch/produce bag. Find the Wrap It Up bag pattern here.
In our experience of teaching sewing, so many people feel enthusiastic about sewing when they first learn, but are very fixated about conquering dressmaking. Dressmaking is a wonderful thing to do, but it can also be quite time consuming, so it’s very dependent on your lifestyle whether that fits in with your routine or not. Many people enjoy a jog around the park, but not everyone is invested in running a marathon. You can enjoy and practice a skill without dedicating a big part of your week to it. And sewing is above all else a practical skill. What you do with that skill is entirely up to you: you can fix clothing, alter clothing or make clothing from scratch; you can upholster, reupholster or decorate; you can make curtains, hem your kids’ trousers, reattach a button; you can darn a sock, sew on a name label, embroider an initial for a special present; you can fix your tent, fix your sail or fix up a grandchild’s doll. You can use it for purely practical reasons or let your creativity run free.
Sewing can also be used to increase the sustainability of your surroundings. A lot of things that traditionally come as single use items (like last week’s cotton rounds) can easily be replaced by their fabric counterparts: a flannel instead of a face wipe, a cloth to wipe your kitchen table instead of an antibacterial wipe, a muslin coffee filter instead of a paper coffee filter, a fabric bag instead of plastic bags for your fruit and veg or even for your lunch. These are all beginner friendly projects, using very small amounts of material and not a lot of time.
Today’s lunch and produce bag is featured in the February issue of Be Kind magazine, a new magazine all about sustainable and ethical living through lifestyle, community and creativity. The downloadable pattern comes with two versions, full instructions with step by step photos to guide you, and you can print the pattern at home or take it to a copy shop to print it full size. You will find the digital download here. It’s an easy sew and you can make two different styles of this origami style bag, perfect to take your lunch to work in your bag or to take home your fruit from the supermarket or local market. You can experiment and use a stiffer fabric to store yarns in if you’re a knitter, or store your potatoes in the kitchen. Version 1 uses one piece of fabric, whereas Version 2 calls for two different pattern pieces, so you can get creative with your fabric choices. This is also a perfect project for larger scraps of fabric that have been leftover from bigger projects, but that are too small to do anything substantial with.
We hope you enjoy this pattern and have fun with it, and we hope it inspires you to do fun, small projects in your daily life. You do not have to make a dressmaking pro to make beautiful things.