Packing a Punch: Crafting Great Lunches


This week has been back to school for my kids, and our packing lunch routine is in full swing. Even if you don’t have kids, chances are you’ll be packing your lunch for work or travel, and it’s a great opportunity to work in some crafting. Here’s a roundup of projects that will help you pack a punch with your lunches.

In the Bag
The bag for your lunch can be one of the most important parts of packing. These lunch bags will help make sure all your edibles get to work or school in style.

How-To: Print on Brown Paper Bags

How-To: Print on Brown Paper Bags from Oh Happy Day

How-To: Hand Embroidered Fabric Lunch Bag

How-To: Hand Embroidered Fabric Lunch Bag From Molly at The Purl Bee

How-To: Drawstring Top Fabric Lunch Sack

How-To: Drawstring Top Lunch Sack From Ellen of The Long Thread (via Sew, Mama, Sew!)

How-To: Crochet Greenmarket Lunch Bag

How-To: Crochet Greenmarket Lunch Bag From Lion Brand Yarn

Snack Size

If you’re going to take the time to craft your own lunch bag, it makes sense that you’d also go a step further to make eco-friendly snack bags to carry the food inside the bag. Here are some simple ways to ditch plastic zip bags for cute crafty containers.

How-To: Velcro Closure Snack Bags

How-To: Velcro Closure Snack Bags from Crafting a Green World

How-To: French Seam Snack Packs

How-To: French Seam Snack Bags from Gwenny Penny 

How-To: Simple Fabric Snack Bags

How-To: Simple Reusable Snack Bags from Angry Chicken

Personal Printable Touches

If you’re packing a lunch for a child, spouse or friend, it’s fun to slip in a special note or surprise for them to unpack with their food. Here are some sweet printables for just that purpose.

Printable Fruit Stickers

Printable Fruit Stickers from Oh Happy Day

Printable Lunchbox Notes

Printable Lunchbox Notes from Skip to my Lou 

Rachel Hobson is a freelance craft writer and editor who is obsessed with hand embroidery and all things geektastic and funny. She has a passion for creating community through crafting. She's also a huge space geek, and enjoys living five minutes from Houston's Johnson Space Center where she can get her fill of rockets any time she pleases.

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