September 10, 2013

DIY: Thermal Lunch Tote UpCycle

In an attempt to eat healthy and save money, I almost always pack a sack lunch when I will be on campus or at work during meal time.  I love the practicality of a thermal bag, but lets be real, it's not the cutest thing to be toting around everyday.  So, in an attempt to show my Pepsi lunch bag a little love, I decided to clothe it in a durable striped canvas fabric.  The finished result has a very organic, natural look and is super durable.  If you're interested in how I created this lunch pail upcycle, keep reading...

First I used a seam ripper to deconstruct all the sewn together pieces of the tote.  I then used Modge Podge to glue the new fabric to the old panel pieces, leaving a .5" border of fabric around the edges.  I then hand sewed each of the panels together with upholstery thread, folding in the excess fabric into each stitch.  I continued to reconstruct the bag, adding a braided hemp handle and a velcro closure.  

Bonus: {Tips from a avid lunch packer}

1.  Try preparing your lunch the night before.  I promise it will make for a much smoother morning.
2. Almonds, veggies and hummus, cheese sticks and crackers, or a piece of fruit all make great snacks.
3.  Don't forget the drink! Pack a water bottle (my favorite) or a tea bag for a little energy boost later in the day.  (tip: you can order an almost free cup of hot water to go with your tea bag from most coffee shops)
4.  It's okay to treat yourself.  Go ahead, pack a little dark chocolate or some other sweet treat.  Just remember to do it in moderation, and most importantly, remember to ENJOY it!

What's in your lunch?

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