The Things were in need of new lunchbags. Thing 1's old Transformers lunch bag was in atrocious shape, and Thing 2's SpiderMan lunch bag was also starting to show signs of wear. I wanted lunch bags that reflected their interests and were easily washable. So I started with a pattern at Sew4Home and changed the dimensions just a bit to fit our reusable containers. The batting is Insul-Bright, which should help the contents retain cold. I really wanted to have easily washable linings, but I was out of PUL and unable to find any locally for a reasonable price. So instead I used a green ripstop nylon that had been purchased for a different project.
The pattern is pretty easy to follow. I did modify it a little, as I didn't want exposed raw edges on the inside. So I stitched the outside and the lining separately and then put them together, using the bias tape to cover the raw edges around the top and on the flap. Thing 1 wanted a Pokemon lunch bag, and when I couldn't find any Pokemon fabric or appliques locally, a friend was kind enough to find some in her stash and send it. Originally I was going to cut appliques from the fabric, but then I decided to just go ahead and make it from the fabric to make my life easier. :) Thing 2 loves Angry Birds and the color orange, so I used the last of an orange batik-like print in my stash and some Angry Birds ribbon. As you can see, they were pretty happy!
The opening at the top ended up too big without some modifications, so I added snaps to either side at the top so that the sides would be snapped in (sort of like a gusset, maybe?) and then the flap would fit down snugly. All in all, I'm pretty happy with them. And so are the Things! These have been in use now for about two months, and they're holding up well. I do plan to make a second set at some point soon, just so that we have back-ups for when the bags are dirty and need to make a quick run through the wash.