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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!"

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1.	Cut your pieces for the lining and the exterior. Each should have 1 center piece and 2 side panels.

1 1. Cut your pieces for the lining and the exterior. Each should have 1 center piece and 2 side panels.

2.  Lining: Pin the side panels to the center piece, right sides together.

2 2. Lining: Pin the side panels to the center piece, right sides together.

3.  Make a ¼-inch cut at all 4 corners of the bottom to allow the corner seams to be flexible and smooth.

3 3. Make a ¼-inch cut at all 4 corners of the bottom to allow the corner seams to be flexible and smooth.

4.  Pin the exterior fabric pieces together and clip the corners, just as you did for the lining.

4 4. Pin the exterior fabric pieces together and clip the corners, just as you did for the lining.

5.  Sew the side panels to the center pieces for the lining and the exterior.

5 5. Sew the side panels to the center pieces for the lining and the exterior.

6.  Turn the exterior right-side out and place the lining inside it.

6 6. Turn the exterior right-side out and place the lining inside it.

7.  Turn the top edges of the bag under by finger pressing. Pin in place.

7 7. Turn the top edges of the bag under by finger pressing. Pin in place.

8.	 Topstitch around the top edge of the bag.

8 8. Topstitch around the top edge of the bag.

9.	Apply Velcro fasteners to the front and back of the bag. I used a Velcro fastener with an adhesive back.

9 9. Apply Velcro fasteners to the front and back of the bag. I used a Velcro fastener with an adhesive back.

10.  Pack your lunch, and fold the top over to keep it safe!

10 10. Pack your lunch, and fold the top over to keep it safe!

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