I got this fabulous idea to make an insulated lunch bag for taking lunch to work and thought it would be fun to share the process with you all. But, let’s be honest…I am not a seamstress! I just happen to have a sewing machine that I stick stuff into to sew on. So sharing the sewing part of this bag is going to consist of links to the YouTube videos that I found most helpful. However, what I can share with you, is how I created the design for the canvas I used…
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. This post also contains affiliate links. The opinions I share are solely my own.
I decided to use primed canvas that comes in pad form from Fredrix for my fabric. In hindsight, it would have been easier to use unprimed canvas or muslin. For my lining, I went with Oly-Fun multi-purpose craft material since it is water-resistant. The insulated part of the lunch bag is Insul-Bright®. And, of course, stencils!
For my first layer, I sprayed through the 12×12 Prismascope stencil with pink spray acrylic. I then moved the stencil around and added yellow through the same stencil.
The next steps in my fabric creation were:
- Adding leaves with the 12×12 Jungle Vines stencil and bright green acrylic paint.
- Adding subtle butterflies with the 12×12 Butterfly Trail stencil, first with orange paint, then white slightly off-center.
- Using a darker green acrylic paint and an angle brush to add grasses at the bottom of my design. I then add dots of white “flowers” to the grasses.
- Using the 12×12 Party Lights stencil and black for the focal point.
I added a wash of white paint inside each of the party lights and then re-stenciled on most of the black sections to make the fixtures appear lit up.
My insulated lunch bag is a bit wonky in its structure but I love it! It is colorful, original and just makes me smile to use it!