Today we have another post from our ever-crafty web producer Ashley Little:
"I bring my lunch to work in a reusable container, stashed in my bag along with my wallet. Why is this a bad idea? Various things leak into my bag – salad dressings, mayonnaise, lemon juice – and wreak havoc on its contents. After paying for coffee one morning using balsamic vinegar-soaked dollar bills, I realized it was time for a lunch bag.
I decided to make an Oilcloth Lunch Bag because it can easily be wiped clean. Instead of making the entire bag from oilcloth, I created two layers: an oilcloth lining and a gingham exterior.
There are a few things you need to know when working with oilcloth:
- If your sewing machine has a special foot for oilcloth, use it!
- When pinning, work as close to the edges as possible since pins will leave holes in the oilcloth.
- Never iron the oilcloth.
- When storing, roll up your oilcloth instead of folding it to avoid permanent creases. (Some creases will disappear if you lay the oilcloth flat in a sunny spot before rolling it up.)
These lunch bags are totally customizable, so they’re also great for kids’ school lunches. Start the school year with a lunch bag like no other – or just put a stop to leaky purse lunches!"