A New Upcycled Denim Lunchbag

At the beginning of this year I decided to make my girls their own lunchbags for school instead of buying them. I deconstructed old torn ones and made the pattern template from the pieces. I also managed to reuse the insulation and zip.
I was so pleased with the result I made 3 lunchbags, one for both of my girls and one for myself too!

A friend saw these and gave me her old lunchbag that was split so I could reclaim the parts from that too - rather than throw it out.
She has also given me some old punctured pool toys as she knows I reuse the material in bags and things for waterproof lining.

So, last week, I decided I should finally get around to making a new lunchbag from the pieces she had given me.

I used the remains of an old pair of jeans for the main outer fabric, old pool toys for the waterproof lining, scraps of rip-stop nylon for binding the seams and the zip and insulation from the old lunchbag.

I didn't want to leave the bag plain and boring, so added my friend's name in shiny, glittery fabric!

I do hope she likes it!!

I used my own tutorial to make this bag. 
You can find that tutorial here.

Please do take a look at my other free sewing tutorials.
There are over 100 to make all kinds of things for all levels of sewing abilities.

And I would love if you followed me on Facebook - where I post all my goings on, upcycles and plenty of inspiration and fun!


  1. Aw, such a nice gift, Jill; great upcycling and reuse. I've really enjoyed seeing these lunch bags of yours. (If I actually needed one, I'd be making one in a sec.)

    1. Ha! Thanks so much Rochelle. I didn't think I needed one either until I made a one with Hello Kitty on and my daughter turned her nose up at it. I claimed it for myself and have actually used it quite a lot already!

  2. SO neat! I love this idea!

    I would love for you to add this to my Recipes and Crafts Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Thanks so much Jessica. I'll hop over now to your Facebook group. Thanks for the invite!

  3. You'll have us all queuing up to hand in old lunch boxes! What a wonderful turnaround, I have thrown a load out that look like this one before you started on it and now I feel guilty. I wish you lived nearer!

    Thank you for sharing another wonderful upcycle on #Trash2Treasure

    1. Thanks Linda. I think I should set myself up over the school summer holidays collecting the old lunchbags and using the parts to make new ones. The zip and padding always seem fine, it's usually the lining that gets all torn. Seems such a waste to just throw them out!

  4. You did a great job making the lunch bags Jill and you save so much money.
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  5. You did a great job making the Jill, they are great :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays


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