Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lunchtime goodness

I had a very productive (but still relaxing!) weekend. I spent a lot of time with my sewing machine. This is what I made on Saturday:

It's a lunchbox! I have a really great lunch container that is perfect for salad and a couple of small sides--like sliced cucumbers and cottage cheese. But it's quite a big container and doesn't fit in any lunchboxes/bags I've ever seen at Walmart or Target or TJ Maxx. So, I figured I'd make my own!

I made it up as I went along. I mean, I measured my lunch container and used that as a starting point, but otherwise, I just flew by the seat of my pants. And I couldn't be happier! I used a great cotton home decor fabric, insulated it with InsulBright, and lined it with ripstop nylon. If ripstop nylon sounds like a weird choice, consider this: it's water resistant, easily wipes clean, and is machine washable.

On Sunday, I made some coordinating accessories. I made two snack bags, following Mauby's Ultimate Reusable Snack Bag instructions.

Mauby used PUL fabric to line hers, but I went with ripstop nylon again. I don't plan on putting wet things in these bags, so I didn't need mine to be really really waterproof. I'm thinking crackers, pretzels, grapes, carrots. Easy stuff. I also made a reusable sandwich wrapper (using ripstop nylon instead of fused plastic bags), but didn't use it today so didn't have it with me for pictures. I'm not really a sandwich person, but I like to bake bread, so I can see myself using it to transport a couple slices of homemade bread to accompany my salad and soup.

Here's what it all looks like put together:

What isn't in the picture is my cup of soup (Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili, which is a HUGE hit at my house) because it was in the microwave at the time.

I'm so pleased with these projects! I don't have to use a plastic shopping bag as a lunch bag anymore. I love the reusable snack bags because not only will I save money not having to buy plastic baggies, but I can't even imagine how many baggies it will save from the landfills!

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