Car Shade Lunch Bag

How about that for a funky blog post title???  It will all make sense in a minute.

Back story- I went to one of those trendy 31 Bag parties a while back and I didn’t purchase anything.  I did really enjoy checking out the monograms and styles, though.  One thing that really stuck with me was their insulated bags.  I kept touching that shiny silver lining thinking “I’ve seen this somewhere, but I cannot put my finger on it.”  Ah… Then we moved to Texas where I’ve been grabbing my car shade daily to keep the sun off the driver’s seat in an effort to not FRY my buns.  CLICK!  That was it.  $2.49 later, I have an experimental project to share with you.

Here’s the el’cheapo car shade and the divided ziploc containers that would become my pattern inspiration.

And the cut pieces.  I was thrilled to use this IKEA decorator weight fabric, which I have been hoarding for way too long.  I was also thrilled that the rotary cutter just whizzed through the car shade easier than it did fabric.

Then some stitching, some thread changes, some presser foot changes, some Y-seams, some snipping and oh yeah – NO IRONING (as to not melt that car shade) Let me show you what turned out-

Just big enough for the Ziploc container, a juice box and a cold pack.  The bag is 4 1/2″ tall total.

I made sure to have the shiny side face inward, just like on the 31 Bags.  Not only does the shiny insulate, but it also gives the bag a great shape.

The handle was added last, centered on the top of the bag.  I put the orange bow on there because, well, you just cannot have enough orange.

This is (obviously) not a tutorial.  There are a zillion zippered bag tutorials online.  Heck, you don’t even need the zipper- just go to your favorite tutorial and instead of interfacing, use the car shade as lining/interfacing.  The sewing machine needle stitched through it like butter and you can totally pin through it.  For this size, I bet I could get 3 bags out of one car shade, so there is plenty left over.

6 Responses to “Car Shade Lunch Bag”

  1. duff says:

    ***3 cheers*** for ingenuity! What a fabulous project (and a great morning laugh for me!)I think you should take your saved dollars and go buy ice cream before summer’s over!

  2. jackie hubert says:

    Way to go Jen; what a creative mind. jh

  3. Anna (sixtyfourcolorbox) says:

    What a great idea. I’ve been wanting an insulated bag, but don’t want a huge one. Now I can make my own.

  4. Connie says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  5. TheaM says:

    love this idea – and I’m following you for sure – love the way your mind works! I have one of those car shades – its about 10 yrs old and no longer stays in the window, but it would work great for this! Come to think of it… I have some IKEA decorator fabric lurking around her somewhere too!
    now to find/make a bit of time!

  6. Jamie says:

    Aha! I have been racking my brain trying to think of what would be a good lunchbox insulator and where to find it. It seems so obvious now! Thank you for posting.

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