Lunch bag let down

It was a rainy one today. I took this photo in the car tonight after a visit to a fabric store I don’t usually go to. When I was 16 years old, I worked at McDonald’s. I know. I hated it. But I was saving up to visit my buddy in Maine and thought that was a good way to go. I was making $3.30/hr and I was sour. So sour, one customer said to me, “Hey, if you don’t like your job, go get another one.” What he really should have said was, “Hey, if you’re going to be a grumpy customer service person, why not get a job at a fabric store?” Maybe neither customer service people didn’t like blue camouflage.

The good news here is that I completed another small sewing project. This is good news for Mike because he doesn’t have to take his lunch to work in a Safeway grocery bag anymore. Huzzah!

I made a lined lunch bag with gussets (that’s just making a triangle at the bottom of the bag so it sits flat, thanks to the fabric) AND grommets (round metal pieces hammered through the fabric) – to thread the handles through. I used the same fabric for the lining and the outside, so it’s blue camo inside and out. It was either this camouflage or red flames for the lunch bag – I didn’t see many grown-up man type fabrics with patterns where I was. I was tempted by a bucking bull fabric, but decided since Mike’s not a cowboy, I’d pass. Wait. He’s not in the military, either, so my logic makes no sense.

I used this pattern by Oh Fransson. She has all sorts of great patterns on her site. I was able to follow along easily for this project. Hooray!

But then there was this situation…

My first 3 10×10 inch squares? None of them were 10 inches. One was 7X7, and two were 8 inches square. What? What’s that saying about measure twice and cut once? LOLS. I blew that. So it’s back to the drawing board for that project. Maybe I should just practice cutting 10 inch squares. That would be riveting blog reading, I’m sure.


  1. Cynthia says:

    Very nice!! Mike will be lunching in style!
    Yeah cutting blocks to size is tricky for sure. I’m not an expert as math & measuring never really work out for me, but how I do it is cut one edge straight first. Then line it up on the zero line, then cut the opposite edge. Then rotate the block & line up both cut edges with the gridlines on your mat and cut the next 2 edges one at a time.
    I also find that Best Press, that spray starch, helps smooth and flatten out everything so it makes it way easier to get accurate measurements too. πŸ˜€

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