~DIY Neoprene Lunchbox – FREE Pattern~
Finally, a lunch box that is Cute, Easy and functional. I am pleased to introduce my FREE pattern for the Neoprene LunchBox! Just DIY today this cute neoprene lunchbox & be the envy of the lunchroom tomorrow. Have you ever sewn with Neoprene? Guess what, me either. That is until this project. Literally, I was scrolling through fabric on-line and saw this yellow polka-dot. It just spoke to me. It said, “Sue, you must buy me and make something fabulous with me”. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t usually listen to inanimate objects…well, except for fabric, I will ALWAYS listen to fabric. So, are you READY to make your very own Super Cute and Easy Neoprene Lunchbox? Be sure to watch the video below and see how easy it really is.
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Where DID you get your fabric?
Thought you would never ask (wink, wink). Like I said above, I was searching on-line for new materials to play with when I stumbled onto this super cute adorable yellow polka dot.
Of course when I just say Yellow polka dot I can’t help but sing the song, you know, the one about the bikini. Being that it IS bikini season, I felt it was appropriate to grab this fabric. Even though, I have never worked with the material myself. Next question was, what do I make with it?
My daughter Heidi just started Summer camp. In preperation, I knew there were two things that we had to get before she stared.
- New clothes – she wears a uniform during the school year.
- New lunch box. Hers is all worn out.
At first, I figured the obvious thing to do with this fabric was make something that was going to be for the beach. Or better yet, every season on Project Runway, someone makes a skirt or dress using Neoprene. Seriously, last season everyone made something using neoprene. But it wasn’t until I got the fabric in hand and my daughter asked, “Are you making me a new lunch box?”. Light bulb! Of course I said – what a great idea! My little girl inspires me once again!
Before we stitch
To keep it simple, I’ve listed all the tools and materials that you’re going to need. Good news, aside from the Neoprene, you probably have everything else! Oh, and this is a perfect opportunity to pull out some of those cool presser feet you bought and have never used!
- Roller foot (could also try Teflon or Walking foot)
- Schmetz Ball point Jersey needle – 80/12
- Thread – Aurifil 50 wt cotton
- Ruler, Rotary cutter and mat
- Kai 8″ Sheers
- Flower head pins
- Wonder Clips
- Frixion pen
- Slim ice packs for lunch
- 3-part lunch box
Neoprene: I used this Yellow Polka Dot
- Outside 18″ square
- Lining 18″square
- Pocket 6″ Square (or 1″ larger than the ice pack)
- (2) 2″ D-Rings
- 22″ – 1″ wide belting
- (1) pack of Extra wide double fold 1/2″ Bias tape – 3 yards
Visual learner? Watch the video!
Let’s get Started
Cut materials. Use a rotary cutter, ruler and mat for accuracy.
Find center of Pocket and the Lining. Align centers and pin pocket to the Lining (center width and height).
Attach roller foot, thread machine with matching bobbin. Choose a stretch stitch.
Sew around three sides of the Pocket.
Place the Lining and Outside right sides together. Use Wonder Clips around outside of both layers.
Sew 1/4″ seam allowance around all four sides through both layers.
Pre-packaged binding have a narrow side. Unfold binding (keeping track of narrow side). Place the edge of the narrow side on the Lining side. Begin at a corner. Clip one side in place.
Set machine up for Straight stitch.
Sew first side in the fold crease. Stop sewing 1/4″ before the edge.
Remove fabric from machine. Clip threads. Miter corners. Fold binding above edge (UP).
Fold binding (DOWN) along next edge.
Clip along next side. Repeat steps on all 4 sides.
Fold over biding toward Outside. Miter corners and clip in place. Sew 1/8″ from edge of binding.
Add D-Rings to opposite sides. Secure stitch toward Lining side.
Add belting to opposite sides. First, sew the raw edge of belting facing the corners on the Outside.
Next, fold over the belting to conceal the raw edge of the belting on each side.
Add darts on each side. Find center of each side (about 9″). Mark.
Measure 3″ out on both sides of the center mark.
From center of mark – measure up 4″.
Connect the 3″ and 4″ marks creating a triangle.
Fold darts in half right side together. Sew all four darts. Begin sewing at binding edge.
Turn right side out and smooth out darts.
Fill with freezer pack and lunch box. Add up to two bottles of water or sports drink.
Feed strap through one D-Ring at a time.
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