March 24th, 2013

Oilcloth Lunch Bags

by Julie Hirt

Why did I make these?  Because I needed an excuse to buy some oilcloth.


I really didn’t have a use for oilcloth but I was desperate to buy some.  I made the blue and red bag using this pattern. You can choose different prints for the side panels and just use pinking shears to finish off the top.


The green bag was made using this pattern. This one is closer to the true size of a paper lunch bag and has a finished top seam.


And… here are my oilcloth bags on my oilcloth covered kitchen island. I know, a bit overkill.  I put the cover on our island a few weeks ago because I am *desperate* for spring. I need to see some green!  It’s March 24th and we just got 8 inches of snow. Go away already.

The tabletop was easy to cover – just cut your oilcloth to size with a few inches of overhang, then tape underneath.  I’ve read the painters tape will hold the fabric in place for months with no problem.  The actual top is wood and this is so much easier to clean!  Now I have an excuse to buy more designs so I can change this out.


Off  the top of my head, I think these bags are good to:

  • use as a lunch bag
  • store crochet or small yarn projects
  • organize miscellaneous crafts
  • use as gift bags

Maybe my friend Chelsea at Whatcha Makin’ Now would like one? I owe her this and more after she made me these freakin’ amazing Jell-O Sugar Cookies for my birthday.

Any other ideas for oilcloth?


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5 Comments to “Oilcloth Lunch Bags”

  1. HA! You know I would make you cookies any day of the week. :) I’d love one! I’d probably use for lunch, but a gift bag is a great idea. You’re so sweet!!

  2. I love sewing with oil cloth – the colours and designs are so pretty! Your lunch bags look great – my latest oil cloth project was a wet bag to stash wet swimsuits after swimming lessons :)

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