One of my favorite things about Japan is their food (and the ways it's organized). Historically, the Japanese use something Bento boxes to organized and store their food. It's basically a way cooler than tupperware container. Some are super fancy (I have a gorgeous lacquer wooden one) and some are plastic. Regardless of their materials, many Japanese use them to take their lunch with them. Often, they are carried in cute little bags.
A blogger and author that I am just recently beginning to appreciate and know online is Ayumi Takahashi of the blog, "Pink Penguins" and the author of "Patchwork, Please".
On her blog, she has a free lunch bag tutorial, modeled after the Japanese bento lunch bags. My old lunchbox was getting a bit worn, so I decided to replace it! I pulled fabrics entirely from my stash for this one.
The fabrics that I used are:
Architextures Crosshatch in Peach
Ayumi's tutorial is great - although, she doesn't describe in huge detail but if you've sewn before, you should be fine! Her pictures are very helpful!
Some things I did differently from the pattern:While I used quilting cotton, I did interface the main exterior panels with Pellon 71F Peltext I Ultra Firm Interacing. It's one of my favorites - it's what I used on my mom's Weekender Bag.
For the handles, instead of using interfacing, I used premade belt material that I got at Joanns, and then covered that. It made the handles really secure.
I also added lightweight fusible interfacing to the cover section and to the rim of the bag. Next time, I might not add the interfacing to the cover unless I decide to line the cover.
Also, Ayumi suggested that you use craft cording for the drawstring. I decided to make my own strings (like from Jeni Baker's Drawstring Bags).
And who knows, I have a few friends who may end up with their very own Bento Bag too!