Perfect Zip Bags Inspiration ~ Bento Box Lunch Bag

on November 25 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 24 Comments

You can receive a free copy of the Perfect Zip Bags Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (a $10 value) with your order of $30 or more. Check out this post for all the details.

The truth is, there are some things you just can’t make. I’ve been meaning to get nice metal bento boxes for my husband and kids all year. Christmas is a good time for me to work the expense into a different budget. But metal box alone? Boring! Metal box in lovely lunch bag with cute utensils and a matching napkin? A wonderful gift that I hope will be appreciated.

Gift Recipient

My husband


Echo by Lotta Jansdotter and Kona Cotton

Perfect Zip Bag

style C large


I wanted the bag to be fairly soft but not stiff, so I used SF101 interfacing next to the exterior fabric and a layer of cotton twill as interlining.


I added an interior patch pocket (click to learn more.) The finished size of the pocket is 6.25″ (w) x 5.5″ (h). The top of the pocket was attached 3.25 inches dowm from the top of the front lining piece. I stitched a line to divide the pocket with one side for a napkin and the other for utensils. The line is 2.25″ over from the right side of the pocket.

(I promise it is straight. It’s just that wonky fabric.)

I hope you’ll be inspired to use the Perfect Zip version C to create your own lunch bag! Check back tomorrow for more Perfect Zip ideas.

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24 Responses to Perfect Zip Bags Inspiration ~ Bento Box Lunch Bag

  1. lucy says:

    where did you get the bento box and accessories from please? and what size is the bento box?

  2. […] hope you enjoyed our week of Perfect Zip inspiration. Check out the Bento Box Bag from Day 1, the Bare Essentials Bag from Day 2, the Quilted Gadget Bag from Day 3, […]

  3. Toni-Anne says:

    I would be tempted to eat the bag too!

  4. […] we’re posting examples of ways in which you can present the bags as gifts. Check out the Bento Box Bag from Day 1, the Bare Essentials Bag from Day 2, the Quilted Gadget Bag from Day 3, the […]

  5. Christy says:

    very nice!

  6. Jennifer G. Miller says:

    What a great idea and a perfect gift!

  7. Sarah Stevens says:

    Really cute bags. Who doesn’t need more and more bags- especially when they look as cool as these.

  8. Mare says:

    Great pattern!

  9. Christina G. says:

    Perfect for a special picnic lunch.

  10. Rebecca says:

    What a great bag! I like the fabrics you used too!

  11. Beth T says:

    Such nice fabric choices. I love giving gifts that will be used every day.

  12. I read your site often and I just thought I’d say keep up the amazing work!

  13. Hilary says:

    That is a great present

  14. Angela says:

    What a great idea. I love the fabric choices.

  15. Jennyroo says:

    Love it! And the fabric selection is perfect!

  16. julie.hahs says:

    I like it.Nice!!

  17. laura reich says:

    very cool!

  18. Chris says:

    I love the pattern!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    This is so pretty! (and still masculine, which is impressive) If only I was better at bringing my own lunch to work! Thank you for sharing!

  20. Anya says:

    Looks great!

  21. Natalia says:

    I love the bento box lunch bag!

  22. Cathy says:

    The bag looks beautiful and I hope your husband doesn’t read this blog to spoil his surprise gift!

  23. Melissa says:

    Great idea, and very cute!

  24. Sarah McGrath says:

    Lovely idea to jazz up a Christmas present!

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