Insulated Lunch Pails
- Fabric, 1/2 yd. each: exterior, lining
- C&T Publishing: Shape-Flex Craft Pack, 20"x45"; Insul-Fleece Craft Pack, 27”x45”
- Woven nylon strap, 12”
- Polyform Sculpey Ultralight Clay
- Elastic, 1/4”-wide, 9” length
- Coordinating-color bias tape, 1/2”-wide, 1 pkg.
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Warm White, Baby Pink, True Red, Snow White
- DecoArt Satin Varnish
- Royal and Langnickel Bordeaux Paintbrushes, Series 6900F: Flat, #4, #2; Bright, #6; Round, #2, #4
- Sewing machine and thread
- Clay-dedicated rolling pin, parchment-lined baking sheet, and oven
scissors, craft knife, cardstock, toothpick, copy paper, clear tape, straight pins, ruler, needle and thread, newspaper (to cover work surface)
- Print out patterns onto cardstock.
- On clean work surface, roll out clay to 1/4” thickness. Trace cardstock butterfly pattern onto clay using craft knife. Remove excess clay. Use toothpick to poke two holes on center of butterfly (for button holes). Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake butterfly button on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.
- On covered work surface, paint butterfly button Baby Pink using bright. Let dry. Apply second coat of paint. Let dry. Paint ovals on each wing section Snow White using #4 round. Let dry. Paint small dots on white ovals True Red using #2 round. Let dry. Apply satin varnish on all surfaces of button using flat. Let dry. Set button aside.
- On clean work surface, roll out clay to 1/2” thickness. Cut out 1-1/2” circle from clay. Use rolling pin to slightly press edges, creating domed center (for baseball). Use toothpick to poke four holes on center of baseball (for button holes). Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake baseball button on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.
- On covered work surface, paint baseball Warm White using #4 flat. Let dry. Apply second coat of paint. Let dry. Paint vertical stripes on baseball True Red using #2 flat. Let dry. Apply satin varnish on all surfaces of button using #4 flat. Let dry. Set button aside.
- Tape two pieces of paper together; measure and cut 12”x12” square. Tape cardstock lunch flap pattern onto center top of square. Use pattern to cut one each from: exterior fabric, lining fabric, Shape-Flex, Insul-Fleece. In addition, cut one 12”x12” square from each: exterior fabric, lining fabric, Shape-Flex, Insul-Fleece.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse Shape-Flex to wrong side of each exterior fabric piece.
- Baste stitch the Insul-Fleece to wrong side of both exterior pieces.
- Pin 12”x12” square to back piece of lunch pail with right sides together, making sure that fabric print is lined up. Stitch side seams and bottom with 1/2” seam allowance.
- Make corner gussets by flattening corners and measuring down 1-1/4”. Stitch straight across triangle corner on measurement. Trim away excess.
- Repeat Steps 9-10 for interior of lunch pail. Slide lining of lunch pail inside exterior lunch pail so wrong sides face each other. Match up raw selvages. Slide ends of woven strap under bias tape and in between interior and exterior lunch pails. (Note: It may be easier to sew one side at a time.) Pin bias tape all around raw selvage, making sure to place pins every 1”. Stitch along edge of bias tape, easing it around curves.
- Cut 4-1/2” length of elastic and fold in half. Stitch ends of elastic to underside of flap. Hand sew clay button to front of lunch pail, centering over area where elastic loop hits.
- 1. Follow the same process to create a large, insulated picnic bag when taking lunch on outings to the park or zoo, or when attending field trips.