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Grab n Go Lunch Bag and Laminating your own fabric

Have you ever needed laminated cotton for a pattern but didn’t like what was available in the store and didn’t want to wait for an online order to arrive? You can make your own laminated cotton using iron on vinyl! This is exactly what I did for the new Grab ‘n Go Lunch Bag by Peek a Boo Pattern Shop.

There are several options when choosing an iron on vinyl. The application method is the same for all of the brands I have tried. I am using a piece of gloss finish Pellon for the step by step photos here. I used a matte finish Thermo Web for my lunch bag.

The three brands of iron on vinyl that I have tried are Pellon (off of the bolt), Thermo Web (off of the bolt) and Heat n Bond (prepackaged). You can find the Pellon and Thermo Web in the interfacing section and the prepackaged Heat n Bond in the notions aisle.

1 iron on vinyl options

From left to right: Heat n Bond, Pellon, Thermo Web

Begin by cutting a piece of fabric and a piece of vinyl larger than your pattern piece. You can lay out several pattern pieces to do at once. I like to keep my pieces on the small side so that it is easier to work with.

2 vinyl piece and fabric side by side

Peel the paper off of the vinyl and place the sticky side down on the right side of your fabric. Your iron should be set to medium heat with the steam off. Place the release paper on top of the vinyl with the slick side down and the paper side up. Place your iron on top of the paper and hold for 8 seconds. Move to another section and repeat this process for the whole piece. Make sure to not touch your iron to the vinyl.

3 placing sticky side of vinyl on fabric

4 release paper placed down on top of vinyl

5 pressing on matte side of paper

Once you have fused the vinyl to the fabric, flip your fabric over and press from the back side. Hold the iron in place for 4 seconds on each section.

6 pressing from back side

Pick your fabric up and congratulate yourself on making your own laminated cotton! Now you are ready to cut out your pattern pieces and make your project, which in my case was the new lunch bag pattern from Peek a Boo.

lunchbag front

If your vinyl gets wrinkled while turning the bag or whatever your project is, place the release paper on top of the vinyl and lightly press for a couple of seconds to warm the vinyl up and smooth out the wrinkles.

lunchbag food outside

Finished Grab n Go Lunch Bag

The Grab n Go Lunch Bag is perfect for some back to school sewing. I used my own laminated cotton on the exterior. My interior is PUL and I insulated with Insulbrite and fusible fleece. It fits cubes, bento boxes and loose items so no matter how you pack up a lunch, this bag should fit it.


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My First Shibori: A DIY

This was my first Shibori and I loved it! And if you have to google Shibori, you are not alone. I did as well. Shibori is a Japanese tie dye method using indigo.

front two on line

Two of my pieces hanging on the clothes line. This is the square between two pieces of wood and the pinch and bind method.

I ordered an indigo tie dye kit off of Amazon and it included the blocks I used and also the rubber bands that I used in addition to the dye and rubber gloves. I used Kona prepared for dye quilting cotton. Having just under four yards, I cut it in to four equal pieces to try four different binding techniques. Since this was my first time trying this, I was curious as to how the different techniques would turn out.

all bundled up and dipped

Clockwise from top: Square between two pieces of wood, flag fold and pinch and bind.

For three of the pieces I did the accordion fold followed by the pinch and bind method, accoridion fold the opposite direction and securing between two squares of wood and flag folding. The fourth piece I got a broomstick (because I live on a boat and have to be resourceful sometimes) and wrapped half of the fabric around then scrunched it down then wrapped the remaining fabric around that and held in place with some cotton cording.

wrapped around stick

The culprit of my blue hand trying to squeeze the bottom of this piece in the bucket.

I followed the directions that came in the kit as far as setting up the dye vat and the process to get the dye in to the fabric. I dipped each of these in the vat twice letting them rest for 20 minutes between dips. More dips would create a deeper blue.

back two on line

These two are the flag fold on the left and the one that was wrapped around the broomstick on the right.

Above are what the other two finished pieces of fabric looked like. I love that this marina has a clothes line so that I could get good pics of these hanging up.

rubberband front

Here is the front of the pinch and bind with the slip pocket made from the squares.

For my project, I wanted to make a bag. The India hobo bag by Swoon was the perfect bag for these fabrics! Then I had to choose two of them to use. I chose the one that was banded between two squares of wood and the one I did the pinch and bind method on as they were the most colorful throughout. The result is a truly one of a kind bag.

rubberband back

Back featuring the pinch and bind version

I am IN LOVE with how this bag turned out. It is also a quick sew and completely reversible. I omitted the zippered pockets on this one. So don’t be afraid to try something new because you may just fall in love with the process! Just make sure you don’t dip your hand further down in the vat than your glove. You may end up with a blue hand like I currently have!

squares front

Front of the squares side featuring pinch and bind slip pocket.

squares back

Back of the squares side.

Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on this tour so that you can see what other fun things can be done with your custom shibori fabric!
Shibori Indigo Dye Week!

Monday 7/24

Sarah at Sewing with Sarah – Shibori Top

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Kit Review

Tuesday 7/25

Katie at Creative Counselor – Shibori Shift Dress

Sara at Radiant Home Studio – Shibori Zipper Pouch

Wednesday 7/26

Vicky at Vicky Myers Creations – Shibori Scarf

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Blanket

Thursday 7/27

Maryanna at Marvelous Auntie M – Shibori Bag

Ula at Lulu & Celester – Shibori Clutch

Friday 7/28

Laurel at My Heart Will Sew On – Shibori Maxi Skirt

Agy at Agy Textile Artist – Shibori with Mango Leaves

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Curtains

Drop me a comment below for your chance to win an indigo tie dye kit and tell me what you would want to make!