Muslin Lunch Bag Pattern

Think green and make a muslin lunch bag to carry your lunch to work. Save the environment by no longer using paper or plastic to carry your lunch. Muslin lunch bags are eco-friendly due to the fabric’s content of 100 percent cotton.

Things You’ll Need:

5-by-12-inch piece of muslin fabric per bag
Ruler or tape measure
Sewing machine
Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle


Step 1 – Place the muslin on a flat work surface so the 12-inch edge is on a horizontal axis.

Step 2 – Fold the left 5-inch edge over to the right and match. Pin along the right side and bottom of the bag.

Step 3 – Sew a 1/4-inch straight seam along the two edges. Sew along the edges a second time with a wide zigzag stitch to finish off the seam.

Step 4 – Place the top edge of the muslin bag under the sewing needle. Clean finish the top edge by stitching around it with a wide zigzag stitch.

Step 5 – Fold the top edge down ½-inch and pin.

Step 6 – Sew two straight seams around the top edge. Place the pressure foot even with the folded edge for the first seam. Position the left side of the pressure foot up with the zigzagged edge for placement of the second straight seam.

Step 7 – Turn the muslin bag so the seams are on the inside.

Step 8 – Cut a length of embroidery floss 16-inches long.

Step 9 – Thread an embroidery needle with the embroidery floss.

Step 10 – Stitch a ¼-inch basting stitch between the two straight seams around the top edge or just underneath the last seam.

Step 11 – Match the two ends of the embroidery floss and secure together with a knot. Use the embroidery floss as a drawstring.

Hand embroider or paint a design on the front of the bag if desired.

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