When I was in 2nd grade,
I begged my mom for this lunch box:
I was so excited to carry it to school that first day!
A girl at my table made fun of it, though.
"You have a baby lunch box!" she laughed.
Devastated, I never brought it to school again;
opting instead for a generic brown paper bag.
I think back now and laugh at elementary school drama,
wishing I had the confidence to carry the box I loved so much.
(I am mindful of my own little girl at school today.
Her first day of 2nd grade.
No one better make fun of her Hello Kitty lunch bag!)
I am happy to say that today,
I couldn't care less what people think of how I carry my food!
Fashioned from a huge reusable shopping bag from
TJ Maxx, I was able to construct an all-new lunch tote!
I know that lots of stores sell this type of bag,
but I've found that TJ Maxx has the cutest selection
- and they are only 99 cents each!
The fabric is perfect for carrying food
because it is similar to oilcloth,
making it super easy to clean.
I completely cut up the bag to create a new tote.
(You can see what it looked like originally in the picture above.)
It took nearly every inch of the original
tote to make the new lunch bag.
(I lined the inside as well).
I was even able to salvage the snaps and straps,
and incorporate them into the design.
I encourage you to grab one of these totes the next time you spot one. They are such a fun fabric to use (and easy to sew with). I've made my daughters purses from them and now a lunch bag, but would love to come up with something else...
Can you think of any creative ways to repurpose these totes?