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Monday, September 19, 2011

Insulated lunch bags

I bought some Insulwool a while ago to make insulated lunch bags but experimented first with snackbags that weren't insulated. I used  the Design Collective's book.

I've been looking for a reason to make an insulated bag, so decided to make one for some friends we are staying with this weekend in Sydney. I thought I could take them some homemade quince paste, quince jelly and quince chocolates in an insulated lunch bag.

The pattern I chose required pieces of fabric just a bit larger than a fat quarter so a lot of the pieces I had thought to use weren't big enough. I finally found a piece that would do, and that I could match to a lining fabric. The instructions were clear - but I'd have liked a couple of diagrams.

Sewing in the Insulwool was easy. It has one side slightly shiny - a bit like glue on interfacing. It sews like good batting.

The bag has a velcro closure with a handy tag for opening.

I didn't have grosgrain ribbon that would match so I made the handles from the lining material.


I was pleased with the result, but thought the bag was a bit generous for a lunch bag and extremely generous for my gifts!









As we were staying one night with my brother as well as one night with a friend, I decided to have a go at making another bag a bit smaller and take some quincy gifts to my brother. This one was much faster (because I knew what I was doing!) and I used a fat quarter. I think the smaller size is better.


Altogether a good day's work. I am pretty pleased with the result and will probably make more of these.

3 comments:

Katherine said...

Have seen this book elsewhere and really like the look of what you have made from it.

Jillian Cheek said...

I do like the look of these. I will look for insulwool, as I'm thinking of making a new teacosy.

Jillian said...

I suspect there are other brand names for the same thing. I got mine from local quilting shop and they knew what I was describing.