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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.


Anonymous 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.