Monday, August 30, 2010

Back to school: Japanese lunch bags

This year, I handed this Japanese craft book (Heartwarming Life Series -- it's all lunch bags. ISBN: 9784529042642) and let them choose.

The winners were #8 and #14.

First up, is a tote style bag with a drawstring top. The fabric is from a sweet little store, Peapod. They have a nice selection of Japanese fabrics along with American designers (Amy Butler, Alexander Henry).

I think this style would work well for knitting projects.

The initial drawstring cover was too short so another layer of fabric was added. There was not enough of the apple fabric for the handles so I sewed them over cotton webbing.

Next up is a paper sack style one. After figuring out the highest height of the contents, the position of the straps and buttons were added.

Two sunshine-y buttons for a cotton twine to loop around like a manila envelope.

Along with the new bags are new food containers. We found these Aladdin thermos at Target. You can heat the food directly in them via the microwave, but the food stays hotter if they are preheated with hot water with hot food added later. I love the hidden spoon compartment - no more "mom, I ate with my fingers today".


randi said...

too cute! what a fun way to tote food around!