Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Homemade Lunch Bag

Do you want a fun craft that has a purpose? Think about taking a pair of old jeans and repurposing them into a nifty lunch bag. This activity requires sewing so it’s the perfect opportunity for older children to learn how to use a sewing machine. For preschoolers, this craft is partially for adult construction, but the kiddos can do some decorating.
What You Need:
Old pair of jeans
Ribbon or cording
Sewing machine
Decorative appliqué and/or buttons
Fabric markers and or puffy paints
What to Do:
  1. Cut a 12-16-inch section from the leg of a pair of jeans.
  2. Turn the piece inside out and sew the bottom pieces together with a sewing machine creating a 1/2-inch seam.
  3. Fold over a 1/2-inch strip around the top of the bag and sew it down to make a casing. Leave about two-inches open to pass the ribbon.
  4. Through the opening in the casing, pass the ribbon. The two ends can be tied into a knot.
  5. Turn the bag to the right side. Finish sewing the casing that was left open.
  6. Time to decorate. Your child can use a variety of materials to decorate the denim lunch sack. Iron on appliqué patches, sew on decorative buttons, or draw with fabric pens and puffy paints. The ideas are endless!
  7. Make sure to personalize this lunch bag with your child's name.
This denim lunch bag is eco-friendly as it can be tossed in the washing machine when dirty. How cool is that?

Photo courtesy of Tania Cowling, all rights reserved

Stop by tomorrow to see what I have for the letter M,