Recently I was approached by Virginia of Ginger Cake about stitching up one of her lunch bags. After I looked over her pattern choices and saw how simply lovely they were, I happily said yes! I chose her Hobo Style Lunch Sak to make because I love the look of the knot handle, the bag’s size, and it’s overall clean lines.
The pattern and directions themselves were very easy to work with. Everything is clearly spelled out and illustrated with photographs. As always, I suggest reading everything through once BEFORE you start cutting and sewing, just so you have a general idea of all the steps.
(Yes, I taped my pattern together with washii tape.) For fabrics, I chose my favorite heathered charcoal grey linen and a patterned cotton fabric that Juliana Horner designed. I also used this same patterned cotton on the inside bottom, but paired it with a deep teal cotton fabric. And while this is a lunch bag pattern, Virginia notes you can make a regular bag out of it, which once I picked my fabrics and realized how much I was going to love this bag, is what I ended up doing. The only difference in the construction between lunch bag and purse is the batting: for the purse I did not use insulbrite batting, which I would have used had I made it into a lunch bag.
Basically, you sew your fronts together, sew the lining together, then sew the inner and outer pieces together. Aside from prepping and cutting the fabric, you can have the whole bag made in about an hour. I love that!My least favorite part of any project is turning things right side out, particularly if there are long, skinny tubes involved. Happily, these bag handles turned out quickly and easily.
Beautiful boxed corners finish off the bottom.
The knot handle is what drew me to this bag in the first place. I love how it finishes the bag off so neatly.
Here is the inside of the bag (with velcro closure):
And the outside:
And in use!
I have used this bag every day since I made it and I really love it!
For the whole rest of the month of July, Virginia has put all of her lunch bag patterns on sale! Visit her shop here to get your own. Plus, right now she is donating 20% of all lunch bag pattern sales to No Kid Hungry!
She has also generously offered to give away a PDF version of this pattern to one of you.
To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post, perhaps with what fabrics you would use to sew one of these lovely bags up. Giveaway open until Saturday July 26th at 5pm EST. For a bonus entry, like Ginger Cake on Facebook and then leave me an extra comment telling me you did so. Giveaway now closed! Patty, comment 9, is the winner! Thank you so much to everyone who entered and left your thoughts!
(Note: I did receive the pattern free, but all opinions are my own!)