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DIY bento bag liberty fabric by the fabric store

Bento Bags

Posted
27—November 2019

This week we've made a super cute trio of bento bags as a DIY project ideal for gifting! Also a great use of any leftover scrap fabric you have on hand.

Nov 27 2019

We made three DIY bento bags using two of our Exclusive Linen fabrics; Bone, Maple and a pretty Liberty Tana Lawn. These sweet and useful bags are a great way to reduce plastic consumption; handy for carrying produce, gift wrapping, storing your craft projects and holding your lunch box! Plus this DIY is simple for anyone from beginner sewists to give a try, with no pattern needed our tutorial is easy to follow and quick to sew up.

DIY bento bags three linen liberty fabric by the fabric store
Fabric & Supplies

The Liberty of London Tana Lawn - Eve / C is a playful option paired with a couple more neutral, textural midweight Linens Bone & Maple from our Exclusive Colour range make a cute trio altogether. We like how the linen will soften with use and that all three fabrics are lightweight making them easy to sew and tie when finished.
You'll only need your fabric, matching thread and a straight stitch sewing machine for this easy DIY!

DIY bento bags sewing rolled hems fabric by the fabric store
DIY bento bags hem fabric by the fabric store
DIY bento bags sew both seams stitchline fabric by the fabric store
DIY bento bags side seam stitchline fabric by the fabric store
DIY

We made three practical sizes for our bento bags - use the measurements below to cut your desired size

Small in Maple Linen - 22.8cm x 68.7cm
Medium in Liberty of London Tana Lawn - Eve / C - 30.5cm x 91.4cm
Large in Bone Linen - 35.5cm x 106.7cm

You have the option of overlocking edges but we chose to sew a 1cm rolled hem all around our cut piece for a clean finish.
After neatening your edges, lay your piece so the long length is running horizontal and fold one edge two thirds over (right sides together), then sew one seam along the bottom edge just inside of your rolled hem from the fold to the edge of the fabric.
Fold back the unstitched fabric on the opposite side to give you access to the other edge, folding the last third of the fabric length to sit on top, right sides together. This should now look like a square, repeat the previous step by sewing along the opposite side seam inside of the rolled hem, from the fold to the edge of the fabric.
We then stitched across the corners that are fully enclosed, for the small bag we measured out 7cm from the corner in each direction and marked this with pins then chalked a line across to meet the pins then stitched. For sizes medium and large we measured 8cm out.
If you like a tidy look, stay stitch your inside seam at the 'V' on the bags (pictured below right) so the seam sits flat, then you are finished!

There are many helpful tutorials out there for alternative methods or more visual references like this one here, which we found really helpful.

DIY bento bags stitchline pinning fabric by the fabric store
DIY bento bags stay stitch stitchline fabric by the fabric store
DIY bento bags liberty fabric by the fabric store
DIY bento bags tie liberty fabric by the fabric store

It's so fun picking a trio of fabrics to make a matching set to gift to a loved one, if you're feeling inspired we've put together some fabrics suggestions below.
From the top: Linen - Mustard, Mini Pineapple Print Cotton / Ramie, Linen / Cotton - Wheat, Liberty of London Tana Lawn - Eve / A, Linen - Marmalade, Linen - Sky, Triple Stripe Cotton Shirting - Blue, Silhouette Floral Linen / Cotton - Blue / Mint & Linen - Slate.

DIY bento bags fabric by the fabric store
DIY bento bags lemon linen liberty fabric by the fabric store
DIY bento bags three flatlay fabric by the fabric store

We can't wait to make up a few more of these versatile cute bags as they are so handy! Don’t forget to share your bento bags with us on Instagram by tagging @wearethefabricstore or using #thefabricstore

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