Monkey Around Lunch Bag Project

Today we’re kicking off National Craft Month with our first free project. Let the spirit tempt you to try new techniques and mediums. For fresh ideas be sure to visit us here throughout March and stoke your creative juices.

Bring on the Monkey Around lunch bag! Creative Troupe member Sherry Payne took on our Insul-Fleece™ challenge and produced this adorable lunch bag. When you aren’t using it for lunch it could certainly serve as a hip handbag. Ok, now that you have the instructions and the link to Insul-fleece, now find your fabric and go bananas!

Monkey Around Insulated Lunch Bag Project

Designed by Sherry Payne


  • ½ yd 2 different fabrics of choice
  • ½ yd Insul-Fleece™ insulated interfacing (Batting)
  • 1 spool coordinating thread
  • Coordinating embellishments (embroidery floss, paint, markers, etc)
  • Pattern- click here for the pdf


  • Straight pins
  • Marker or fabric pen
  • Scissors, rotary cutter or pinking shears
  • Sewing machine


  1. Place fabric right sides together, trace and cut out pattern for both fabrics (4 pieces total 2 will be opposite).
  2. Place pattern onto Insul-Fleece trace and cut 2 pieces.
  3. Pin Insul-Fleece to both back sides of fabric #1.
  4. Stitch around perimeter of fabric and batting to hold in place.
  5. Embellish fabric #1 and fabric #2 as you wish.
  6. Place right sides of both fabrics together and pin in place.
  7. Sew around perimeter of fabric leaving a space on bottom to flip right side out.
  8. Flip bag right side out, baste along opening.
  9. Pin and sew same sides of bag together with decorative stitching stopping before handles.
  10. Pin in overlapping fashion and sew tops of straps together.

Now your bag is washable, reversible and insulated.

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  1. Posted April 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I used to have an insulated lunch tote that along with an ice
    pack could actually keep things chilled throughout the
    day. The moment It got a bit past its best I bought a brand new one from Walmart but I’m grateful if it keeps things effectively chilled till lunchbreak.

  2. Posted March 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
  3. Ann
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I made it before and was pretty easy to do. Maybe I will give it another try.

  4. Ruth B
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Is this an original design? It looks like Pat Sloan’s sew-along grab bag pattern with insulation added?
    I remembered this pattern right away because she gave 100 uses for it on one of her posts and called it the party bag.

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