Plastic lunchbag made from bubble wrap
Need: A lunchbag for work
Large enough to accommodate the storage containers we use in our kitchen, which are wide, shallow, and stackable.
Does not need to maintain temperature.
Needs to have sturdy handles
Issue: After checking local shops and online, I did not find a bag meeting these specifications
Solution: Make the bag myself using materials on hand
Bubble wrap (a ton of it came with Christmas packages!)
Scrap yarn (odds and ends from the bottom of my yarn basket)
Ribbon (formerly tied around a box of cookies)
Transparent nylon thread
Guidance from: Etsy's Fusing Plastic Bag tutorial
I fused 4 layers of bubble wrap total and sandwiched it with scrap yarn to make the fabric for my new lunch bag. I used three shades of scrap yarn to give it a "hip" look. The iron was on the highest setting possible, but because I did not pop the bubble wrap ahead of time it took a lot of time to iron it flat. Parchment paper kept it from sticking to the iron or the ironing board. I love the cellular look the bubble wrap gave the bag.
The main body of the bag is one large rectangle, and the sides are two smaller rectangles. I used transparent thread to attach the handles (reinforcing as much as I could) before sewing the sides together. The transparent thread allows the focus to stay on the bag than the edges.
I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and it has worked out brilliantly. Just the right size!
Pop the bubble wrap ahead of time
This was really fun and took less time than expected
I might fuse additional plastic to the base of the bag next time to give it additional stability