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It's that time of year when thoughts turn to new shoes and school bells. Send your children off to school this year with a personalized lunch bag or pencil case. For those starting school for the first time, having a special item might ease the transition. Involve your students in the fun by letting them select the fabric and notions for a truly personal item.

Reusable lunch bags are a great way to go green! There are many different styles of reusable lunch bags; see which ones work best for your family or go wild and make one for each day of the week!

Zippered Top Lunch Bag Tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to make a zippered and insulated bag with a strap.

Lunch bag based on plastic grocery sack Tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to make a fabric bag based on a plastic grocery bag.

Oilcloth Lunch Bag
A new take on the brown bag!

Reusable Lunch Bag Tutorial
A brown paper bag translated into fabric with embroidered embellishments.

Lunchbag Tutorial
A simple, yet stylish bag with a button closure at the top.

Lunchbag Tutorial
Katie teaches you how to make this lined bag with patchwork insert and snap closure.

Juice Pouch Lunch Bag
If you want to go really green, make this lunch bag made from recycled drink pouches. This would be a great way to start a discussion on recycling.

Lunch Sack
Illustrated instructions for a simple lunch sack based on the brown bag shape.

Paneled Lunch Bag Tutorial
This lunch bag has a contrasting panel insert and has a buckle closure.

Crafty Lunch Sack
This simple drawstring bag uses a recycled pant leg. Another green alternative.

Sunflower Lunch Bag
This reusable bag is insulated with a flap closure and a single strap. The pattern incorporates an embroidery pattern from Husqvarna Viking, but you can use the basic bag pattern without the embellishment.

Lunch Bag
This insulated bag is another variation on the brown bag shape. The top is bound with bias binding. The design incorporates an embroidery pattern of a frog

Square(ish) Bottomed Hobo Lunchbag Tutorial
This bag has a square bottom that is great for microwave containers.

Lunch in Eco-Style Bag
This bag has handles for carrying and has an option for lining.

Bicycle Frame Lunch Bag
This bag is a great option for a bicycle commuter!

Lunch Lady Bag Pattern
This link opens a .pdf file with a pattern for a bag with ribbon handles that has the seam allowances pinked and showing on the outside.

Reusable Lunch Bag
This tutorial shows you how to make a brown bag style sack with an adorable owl appliqué.

Felt Brown Bag Lunch tutorial
If you have a little one that is not quite big enough for school, make them this cute felt lunch sack complete with felt sandwich!

Click the links below for additional school related items to sew:

Lunch Accessories
Laptop and Cell Phone Bags
School Organizers

Recommended Reading:

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials

If you would like to learn more ways to go green in your sewing, take a look at this book by Betz White.
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