Download: Bento Bag Pattern Instructions
Materials & Tools
- Six (6) coordinating fat quarters
- One (1) piece of cotton fabric for handle, cut 5.5” (l) x 3.5” (w)
- Coordinating thread
- Marking pencil
- Scissors or Rotary cutter
Note: All seams should sewn with a .25” seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
- Cut the six fat quarters into 18” x 18” squares.
- Place the three fat quarters for the bag exterior in a row with the right sides facing up.
- Sew piece C to the right edge of piece B. Then sew piece A to left edge of piece B. (Note: If you are using a directional fabric, make sure piece C is sewn with the pattern upside down relative to pieces A and B.)
- With the bag exterior right side up, fold piece C down (i.e., from upper right to lower left) to form a triangle. Fold piece A up (i.e., from lower left to upper right) to form a triangle. Then fold piece B onto itself from the lower right to the upper left to make a triangle.
- Pin and sew the side seams together.
- Box the two corners. Continue with right sides together. Measure and mark 2” from each corner (i.e., 4.5” across). Sew along this line and then trim seam allowance.
- Turn exterior bag right side out and push out corners.
- Repeat steps 2 – 6 with the remaining fat quarters for the bag interior. Do not turn right side out.
- With the right sides together, place the exterior bag inside the interior bag.
- Pin the exterior and interior together, leaving a 3” wide opening on one side for turning.
- Sew the interior and exterior together along the perimeter with 0.5” seam allowance.
- Turn bag right side out through the opening and push out corners. Push interior into exterior. Press.
- Top-stitch all along the bag perimeter, making sure to close the opening.
- Prepare handle piece by pressing a 0.25” fold towards the wrong side of the fabric on each 3.5” edge. Top-stitch each edge down.
- Fold the handle fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew along the edge with a 0.25” seam allowance. This should form a fabric tube.
- Turn your fabric tube right side out and press handle with seam allowance in the center on the bottom.
- Attach a safety pin to one triangle tip of the bag and pull it through the fabric handle. Push the handle out of the way.
- Sew the two ends of bag together, zig-zagging a few times back and forth to strengthen.
- Pull the handle over the sewn ends of the bag to cover the stitches.
- Enjoy your new bag!