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{free tutorial: diy lunch bag}


This is the product of another fun craft date with my mom. We’ve been meaning to make these cute lunch bags for a while and finally gathered the materials and found the time to do so.

I loved working with oilcloth and am already thinking about a new project to incorporate it in. ;)


Here’s the tutorial on how to create these fun lunch bags:






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I’m partying here! ❤

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    Wednesday March 19th, 2014 at 03:10 AM

    So easy Vanessa. I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday March 22nd, 2014 at 09:54 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Tabatha! :)
      I’m gonna head over to the party right now and hope I’m not too late this week.
      XO! Vanessa

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    Wednesday March 19th, 2014 at 03:13 PM

    I got a few great oil cloth bags from a crafter while in Ireland, but I haven’t sewn with it yet, may have to try!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday March 22nd, 2014 at 09:57 PM

      They’re really easy to make and I’m sure you’d love the project. :)
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving some comment love.
      XO! Vanessa

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    Wednesday March 19th, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    These are adorable! Doesn’t look too hard either!

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    Lolly Jane
    Thursday March 20th, 2014 at 07:57 AM

    This bag is SO cute! Pinned to make with my daughter soon- love it, Vanessa!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday March 22nd, 2014 at 09:59 PM

      Thanks a bunch for your sweet comment! :)
      Let me know how you and your daughter like the project.
      XO! Vanessa

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    Ronda Waters @
    Sunday March 23rd, 2014 at 01:30 AM

    This is adorable, Vanessa! Pinning now! :)

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    Jennifer Dawn
    Wednesday March 26th, 2014 at 05:01 AM

    These are adorable! What a great tutorial! I’m featuring this at this week’s link party!

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    Marni @ Haberdashery Fun
    Wednesday March 26th, 2014 at 05:48 PM

    These are awesome! Found you over at DIY Dreamer. Where did you find the amazing fabric?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday March 27th, 2014 at 08:34 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Marni! :)
      I found the fabric at a local craft fair, but I’ve seen some cute ones on Etsy and Ebay.
      Sometimes you can find old tablecloths made from oilcloth at thrift stores that you can repurpose as well.
      Have a fabulous day!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Mme PiNat
    Friday April 4th, 2014 at 03:17 PM

    Great tutorial and I love the result ! I will do it pretty soon, no doubt ! Thanks so much and yours are very nice !!!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday April 6th, 2014 at 07:19 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! :)
      I hope you’ll try your hand on this as well. I love using mine for my lunches.
      Hugs! Vanessa

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    Wednesday November 12th, 2014 at 07:11 PM

    Hi dear Vanessa„ ich hab dein Projekt über Pinterest gefunden und war als Nähanfängerin begeistert von deinem tollen Bildern,. Ich hab die Bag nachgenäht und einen Blogeintrag darüber verfasst, mit einem Link zu dir zurück und einem Making-of vielen Fotos. Wenn du magst, schau gerne mal vorbei!
    This is my result:

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday November 23rd, 2014 at 02:20 PM

      Hey Marion,
      vielen Dank für Deinen lieben Kommentar!! :)
      Ich freue mich zu hören (& zu sehen), dass Dir das Projekt gefallen hat.
      Vielen Dank für die Verlinkung!
      Ganz liebe Grüße,

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    Tuesday May 26th, 2015 at 02:14 PM

    this is super functional. I pinned it.

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    Thursday September 24th, 2015 at 08:23 PM

    I need the bottom to measure 8X8 inches. I still need it to have the height of a regular lunch bag. How should I adjust cutting instructions?? I can’t wait to make some that will fit the plastic containers my sister uses for her lunches!!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday September 27th, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      Hey Karen,
      I really just kinda made the pattern up as I went and didn’t follow certain dimensions..
      To get the bottom to measure 8×8 inches, I would think you’d need to first off make the width (between where you sew the straight lines in step 3) fit the circumference of the container. And maybe give it a little more room, so the container fits comfortably. Then for step 4 measure the square to be 4×4 inches (+ a little wiggle room), so when you sew across (step 5), you will end up with a base of about 8×8 inches.
      I hope this makes sense. :)
      Maybe try it out with just some regular fabric, that you won’t be upset about if it doesn’t turn out right on the first try.
      Have a great Sunday!
      XO’s from Germany,

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    Friday August 19th, 2016 at 02:53 PM

    Hiya!!! I can’t wait to make this! Could you please tell me roughly what dimensions this bag was at the end? Thanks

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday August 31st, 2016 at 12:11 PM

      Oh my, Katie, I am SO sorry I’m just now replying to your question. Somehow this comment kinda slipped through the cracks..
      The rough dimensions are 4 12 inches wide, 2 14 deep and 8 inches tall. I hope that helps! ;)
      XO’s from Germany,

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