Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Gerry's Race Car Lunch Bag


The other night, while digging around in my fabric piles, I said, "What should I make next?" I heard a small voice, "What about my lunch bag?" Eeek. Yes, I told my husband I'd make him a custom lunch bag, using a remnant of Formula One fabric. I think I told him that in April, and seeing as how it's July, and his birthday is rapidly approaching...you get the idea.

I followed the basic Bend the Rules Sewing directions for making a bag (tutorial here). One of my goals was to have the bag fit these snazzy Tupperware containers my husband bought for leftovers. (That's two times I've mentioned Tupperware on this blog now. I swear I am not trying to sell Tupperware!) Using the containers' measurements, I plotted everything out to come up with what size to cut the rectangles. I came up with 17 by 19, but I adjusted that to 16 by 19, just because of the remnant's size.


Once everything was all sewn up, I thought it could use some sort of fasteners at the top to hold it all together. I had a bunch of "ginger snap" snap fasteners from the thrift shop, and I thought Gerry would like them better than, say, buttons or velcro or ribbons. Getting them on was kind of a pain, with the little prongs and all, but Gerry helped, and we eventually put on two sets successfully.
Oh! I almost forgot! Once everything else was done, I also sewed a narrow seam at each corner, from the base to the top, just to make the edges crisper. I really like how that came out and will definitely do that again!

13 comments:

Shelly G & Hope P said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY... Gerry:)

Raiye said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GERRY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GERRY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GERRY....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GERRY!

And many moooooooore.....

Sharon said...

Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Jerry and many many more!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Gerry! Hope it's as wonderful, special and unique as you are.


(Wardrobe Refashion Luker who loves reading and seeing what your wife has sewn up this time)

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a surprise! Didn't expect to get so many warm wishes from all of you! Thank you! So far, 50 ain't too bad...hopefully there are plenty more birthdays ahead! Again, thank you, all of you!

gerry...

Ana said...

;o)! A big Happy Birthday kiss from Portugal!!

Rhonda said...

Happy happy birthday, on this your special day, Happy happy birthday, that's what we're here to say, HEY! Happy Birthday Gerry. I worked at a Bennigans Restaurant a hundred years ago and STILL CAN'T GET THAT HORRIBLE SONG OUT OF MY HEAD! As servers we were required to group together and sing and be perky. But I do wish Gerry a very happy birthday, and enjoy the fab lunch bag!

Anonymous said...

To Gerry: Happy Birthday from beautiful Las Vegas!
-Sandra

Anonymous said...

You're a sweet guy, Gerry! Lots more happy birthdays to you!

Laine said...

Happy Birthday Gerry! I've enjoyed following your CSA cooking adventures!

Anonymous said...

and thank you to all of you for your kind wishes! I'm a very lucky guy to have my "darling petunia"!

gerry...

Turtlemoss said...

Happy Birthday Gerry! Do you sew too?

Darling Petunia said...

Gerry doesn't sew, no, but I have been making noise about having him make a grocery bag or something. I think he'd do a good job!