Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lunch Buckets In The Shop!



Finally, finally, there is something in my shop
one dozen Lunch Buckets, in all kinds of designer prints.

 Check out the gallery of familiar names:

Moda, 

Jessica Jones, Amy Butler, Heather Ross,

Rashida Coleman-Hale, Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller.... I didn't even know half the names before I listed the buckets in the shop. I thought completely solid buckets weren't quite as fun and just picked some prints that looked nice. I had to google them to find out their names, designers and manufacturers! 

I have a favorite among them. Did you spot it?

This, ladies and gentlemen, is quite possibly the first time there has actually been an ikat bag on this blog. 
Ever! 

Although.... it isn't real ikat because it's ikat print. Grrrr. Now, you probably know that ikat designs are everywhere these days, because people are finally catching on that it's superior. However, almost all of those are ikat print. Which lowers the superiorness somewhat. As I said earlier, grrrrrr. Still, an ikat print bag is better than none at all.

Not to make the other eleven feel inferior in any way, let me just say that I like them, too. 

There are buckets for kids,

buckets in ocean and stone,

and buckets for lovers of sunsets.

All those pretty buttons!

And wipe-clean linings! I used oilcloth, laminated cotton, thermaflec (that silver ironing board fabric).

And covers.

And straps.

And piping. 
Oh, piping
Thin piping, 
thick piping, 
solid piping, 
gingham piping,
print piping,
coordinated piping.
And aligned piping. 
Want to know a secret?  Sewing with print fabric is not for the faint of heart. You have to treat print with respect (which is why I use solids most of the time). 

So.... I made these buckets for three reasons:
One, I haven't mass-produced anything in a while, and it felt like I was unhealthily repressing something. 

Two, when I first made that Owl Lunch Bucket, people wrote to ask me to sell them.

Three, people have been asking and asking for instructions to make their own Lunch Buckets. So I made you a pattern!


It will be on sale soon. Very soon, I promise! It's just back from the testing department and I'll tell you more about it in a few days. But that's why I made 16 buckets. Nothing like doing something 16 times to be sure it works, right?


OK, an update on the specs - they are all in the individual listing descriptions, but I'll mention them here, too: These buckets are 7" across and 7" high to the rim. With the strap up, they are about 13" tall. They're canvas or duckcloth on the outside and lined with either oilcloth, laminated cotton or thermaflec on the inside. The individual listings will tell you exactly which fabric is on the inside - they're different for different buckets - along with other details.

And now, let me invite you to the shop so you can take some of these home! 


28 comments:

  1. The robot one is my personal favorite. I have 2 little girls, but robot stuff catches my eye every time. They all look great.

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  2. These are fabulous. There is a lot of work in them. I can't tell the size, but if they were a little bigger, they would make terrific knitting project bags!

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    1. They are 7" across and 7.5" high to the rim (excluding strap and excluding the drawstring cover).

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  3. Gorgeous!! Every single one!! Of course I have a favorite, too. ;) And it's already sold.......

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    1. I bet it was the orange one. It caught my eye first too.

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    2. You're right, Molly... it was indeed the orange one! I loved the extra bit of piping on the band, and the way the piping and binding fabric was lined up on the top and bottom 'with' the band was insanely (I'd call it anally, but... heehee... inside joke) perfect! But the Jessica Jones fabric did it for me. And it didn't even have much to do with the fact that Jess is my daughter. :)

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  4. Love these so much! Can't wait for the pattern.

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  5. Yay! A pattern!!! I can't wait :)

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  6. I JUST made a lunch bag like this for myself...I had to wing it and it turned out alright, but I'm sure it would've turned out a bit better (and involved a lot less gritting of teeth) if I'd had your pattern to help me out! I love the polka dot bag.

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  7. absolutely beautiful and creative work. Massive effort I must say! And that Ikat print, i am surprised that IKAT name of yor blog was meant to be the ikat print that we get here in India also. In fact very common print here. Lovely collection

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  8. These are so adorable! Absolutley love them!

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  9. These are so cool! Never thought of making a lunch BUCKET! Great idea - and beautifully done, as always :)

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  10. And I can't wait until mine gets here!!!
    Thanks LiEr!

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  11. These are adorable!! Love the mix of prints!

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  12. Half gone already! BAH! I picked 4 favorites and their ALL GONE. I'll just buy the pattern ;-)

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  13. Gorgeous! How challenging is the pattern?

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  14. With every photo I scrolled through, I was trying to mentally plan how I could make one myself. And then I get to the end and see you're going to have a pattern for it?! Hooray!!

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  15. i'm too late. my favourite is gone. Can't waiting for the pattern. So pretty!

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  16. Great idea! Can't wait for the tutorial!!

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  17. LiEr, I just saw this post. I'm catching up on internet surfing... and holy smokes! These are wonderful and flawless and amazing!

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  18. I have been jonesing for this pattern since it came out and have finally purchased it. May I just say, I *love* your patterns! If it weren't so ecologically irresponsible, I would print it out and just stare at it (and then use it, of course). The pix are super, the instructions are extremely well-written, and it will be a pleasure to use. I will be making it for a dear friend's birthday gift, and I'm sure my little ones will want their own, as well.

    oh, who am I kidding; I'm printing it right now and putting it in my binder of great patterns :-)

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    1. Thanks, Melissa, for the shoutout and the support! I hope you make dozens and dozens of buckets!

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  19. I thought you might like to know that I washed Ben's bucket! He opened his container of blackberries during school lunch and forgot to CLOSE it, so the top was stained purply with blackberries! I handwashed the bucket and line-dried it. Took a while to dry because of the vinyl interior, but it's back in action looking great now.

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    1. Yeah! Thanks for bravely experimenting on behalf of all of us, Margo!

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  20. These are beautiful! I made my girls lunch bags from another tutorial on your blog ( which was anyway probably more appropriate to my level of sewing skill and availability of materials), but these are exquisite! I especially like the owls!

    I like to make things that are washable, because they inevitably need to get washed.

    Nowto make some for the boys . . . (Fat chance! The girls got theirs before baby was born- now I have no time to make bags!)

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  21. How can one acquire this lunch bag pattern? Your Etsy shop seems to be inactive....

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    1. FP Wear: My etsy shop doesn't stock pdf patterns. Buy my pdf patterns directly from the blog here (you can find the tab "Patterns For Sale" under the blog banner):
      http://www.ikatbag.com/p/patterns-for-sale.html

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