How to Make a Canvas Lunch Bag for Back to School

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How to Make a Canvas Lunch Bag for Back to School. Click through for the tutorial. #backtoschool #diybacktoschool #lunchbag #diylunchbag #diylunchbox #backtoschoolproject #kidsproject #diykidsproject

It’s nearly back to school season already! So, whether you have kiddos at home or are just looking for an excuse for a new lunch bag, I have you covered with a DIY canvas and leather version that works for adults and kids.

They’re sewn from hand painted water-resistant canvas, so you can mess with the dimensions, designs, etc to get it just right for you (or your kid). Here’s how to make your own!

Learn how to make a canvas lunch bag for back to school. Click through for the tutorial. #backtoschool #diybacktoschool #lunchbag #diylunchbag #diylunchbox #backtoschoolproject #kidsproject #diykidsproject

Learn how to make a canvas lunch bag for back to school. Click through for the tutorial. #backtoschool #diybacktoschool #lunchbag #diylunchbag #diylunchbox #backtoschoolproject #kidsproject #diykidsproject

What You’ll Need to Make a Canvas Lunch Bag for Back to School

  • medium to heavyweight canvas (11.5 in x 29 in makes one lunch bag)
  • fabric paint and paint brush (if creating your own design)
  • fabric wax sealant – optional (I use Otter Wax, which you can get on Amazon)
  • leather strap or scrap (see dimensions needed in step 7)
  • gold button and screw back
  • leather / fabric hole punch
  • measuring tape and marking chalk
  • sewing machine

How to Make a Canvas Lunch Bag for Back to School

1. Start by measuring and cutting a 11.5 in x 29 in piece of canvas. If you’re painting your own design on the canvas or dyeing the canvas a solid color, now is the time to complete that process.

You can use fabric paint, a little water to thin out the paint if desired, and a paint brush. OR you can dye the entire piece of canvas using this technique: how to dye natural fibers. Wait for it to completely dry before moving onto the next step.

2. Once cut, fold the canvas in half and pin, as shown in photo.

3. Next, fold the top edges down 1/2 inch and sew a straight line (1/4 inch from the edge). Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side.

4.  Then sew a straight line on both sides (1/4 inch from the edge), leaving the top open.  Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side.

5.  Next, match up the bottom corners of the bag to each other (as shown in the photo) and fold, forming a diamond shape. On both corners, mark a line 2 in away from the corner and then draw a horizontal line 4 in across. Sew over the lines and cut off the corners, leaving a 1/2 in edge.

6. Turn the bag right side out and press out all four corners. Then, form the bag into a lunch bag shape and iron all four vertical creases from the bottom corner to the top of the bag. Also, iron a horizontal crease from each corner on the bottom allowing the bag to stand on its own.

 7. To add finishing touches, you’ll add the leather strap and button closure. Cut one strip of leather 5 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. And one very small piece of leather that is 1/2 inch wide by 1/2 inch long.

8. Next, attach the button, screw back, and 1/2 inch square piece of leather you just cut, 4 inches down from the top of the bag (on the front). You’ll have to use a hole punch for all the pieces. See photo for how assembly should look.

9. Then, sew one side of the leather strip to the back of the lunch bag and punch a hole toward the bottom of the loose end. You should now be able to roll the top of the lunch bag down and close it by hooking the other side of the leather onto the button closure.

Learn how to make a canvas lunch bag for back to school. Great for kids or adults! Click through for the tutorial. #backtoschool #diybacktoschool #lunchbag #diylunchbag #diylunchbox #backtoschoolproject #kidsproject #diykidsproject

Making it water resistant! If desired, you can finish the lunch bag off by making it water resistant with a fabric wax sealant, like this one. Just follow the instructions on the packaging to cover the canvas in a protective wax layer.

It’s really easy, but does take some time to complete. Depending on the strength of your sewing machine, you may be able to complete the wax step prior to sewing (like at the end of step #1). If not, you can wait until the bag is completed.

DIY lunch bag! Learn how to make a canvas lunch bag for back to school. Great for kids or adults! Click through for the tutorial. #backtoschool #diybacktoschool #lunchbag #diylunchbag #diylunchbox #backtoschoolproject #kidsproject #diykidsproject

DIY back to school idea for kids and adults. Make a canvas lunch bag for back to school. Click through for the tutorial. #backtoschool #diybacktoschool #lunchbag #diylunchbag #diylunchbox #backtoschoolproject #kidsproject #diykidsproject
DIY back to school idea for kids and adults. Make a canvas lunch bag for back to school. Click through for the tutorial. #backtoschool #diybacktoschool #lunchbag #diylunchbag #diylunchbox #backtoschoolproject #kidsproject #diykidsproject

Photography Amelia Lawrence

What do you think of this back to school project?! Would you ever make your own lunch bag for work?

13 comments | Click here to reply

They look so old school, I love the idea!
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Michelle | July 30th, 2018 at 11:48 am

Thanks Michelle. I wanted to make them super basic, so they’d work for adults or kids. But they do kind of have that old school vibe, huh? 🙂

Brittni | July 30th, 2018 at 11:55 am

I should send this to some nanny friends to do with their summer kiddos. So cute!
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caroline | July 30th, 2018 at 2:27 pm

So beautiful bag,I loved
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The pink pineapple | July 30th, 2018 at 4:26 pm

I love this little project. Each child could decorate their own, which might mean they are more invested in making sure they bring it home each day:) I love the leather strap. Nice alternative to paper bags that end up in the trash, and a bit sturdier as well. Thanks for sharing!
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Seana Turner | July 31st, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Love the idea of having kids decorate the canvas themselves, Seana. Such a great idea! And yes, totally! My intention for these was an alternative to paper bags. 🙂

Brittni | July 31st, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Wow, what a fab alternative to plastic! And super easy to do too.

Thanks for sharing.

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Wendy | August 2nd, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Thank you Wendy. That was exactly the intention. 🙂

Brittni | August 2nd, 2018 at 1:55 pm

I am doing this! Not only it is stylish, but also sustainable, and I could not love it more for it. Thank you for sharing!

Natalia | August 2nd, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Awesome! Happy to hear that Natalia. Let me know how it goes.

Brittni | August 2nd, 2018 at 5:17 pm

These turned out adorable! I love them so much!
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