I am happy to show off the Peas and Corn Lunch Bag, by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. As you may remember, I made her Aeroplane Bag and the Petrillo Bag and the Velocity Girl Bag as well, and this pattern had her hallmark easy to understand directions and good photos to accompany the words.
Sara’s pattern calls for oilcloth or PUL fabric for the interior, but I get a little picky about things matching the way I want, so I used iron-on vinyl to make my lining pieces easy to clean. This is also a great option for the bottoms of regular bags to make them easy to clean! Here’s how I did that.
First, I cut out all my pieces. Here are some of them laid out next to the package of iron-on vinyl I got at JoAnn’s – it’s a 15″ x 2 yd package, so there’s plenty or the next project.
I used the pattern pieces to cut out the vinyl as well. I will recommend cutting a little larger than the pattern for both the fabric and vinyl pieces you want to have fused, and then trimming to size once fused because I did notice a little shrinkage after fusing the vinyl.
Next you peel the release paper off the vinyl. On an applique pressing sheet, or other piece of release paper, lay the fabric right side up, and then vinyl sticky side down. Your vinyl may want to curl up like mine, but that’s okay.
Set your iron to a medium heat and cover the layered pieces with the release paper from the vinyl. Press firmly over the entire area for 5-8 seconds. Sometimes I play music and do a little in-place dance while doing this. That’s an optional step. Let cool and pull the release paper off, then trim your pieces as needed.
I used the matte finish instead of glossy because I didn’t want my lunch box to look like that scene in Pulp Fiction when they finally open up the briefcase and are blinded by the glare.
Here’s my bag inside-out to show the binding on the interior and how the vinyl pieces look.
And here it is right side out, but unzipped.