|An Insulated & Laminated Lunch Bag Goes Back To School|
|Editor: Liz Johnson|
|Thursday, 01 September 2011 03:00|
Packing your kids' school lunches is the loving way to go, right? You can make sure they're full of delicious, nutritious food. According to a recent study, they might also be full of bacteria if that food cannot be kept at the proper temperature once it gets to school. Use our easy tutorial to create your own insulated lunch bag then, as the study suggests, pop in two ice packs instead of one. We used a stylish cotton laminate for the outside fabric, which is available these days in an amazing array of wonderful colors and patterns from a variety of manufacturers.
This project requires stitching three rather slippery layers together in 3-D. I don't say this to scare you; it's not scary. But, if you have an Even Feed foot, sometimes called a Walking foot, USE IT; it will make things about 110% easier. These feet have their own built-in feed dogs that work in unison with the machine's feed dogs. This means your layers are sandwiched between the two and moved along from both the top and bottom to prevent them from shifting. This foot also allowed me to move easily across the surface of the laminated cotton. You don't have to have one of these feet, but without it, you'll need to be persistent and you'll need either an Ultraglide or Teflon® foot or strips of wax paper under your regular foot to allow your machine to sew across the laminated cotton without sticking.
For more about the Texas University Study about lunch bag safety, you can watch this short clip from NBC's Today Show.
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Hints and TipsPUL can be a little finicky to work with, but is a great option when you want a thin, lightweight waterproof layer. Read more about how to work with it here.