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Panda Love and Lunchboxes

2018 October 2

If you haven’t noticed, Pandas are everywhere. Literally. On bags, socks, shirts, notebooks, hairbrushes even! So I wondered “Where can I get me some of that Panda Love?” And then I recalled Kelly Panacci‘s latest fabric line “Panda Love” and my search was over. *lol, see what I did there?!*

Kelly graciously offered to send me some, and I needed to make my kids new lunch bags so these were born.

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panda love, lunch bag, panda, tutorial, sew, insulated lunch box, sewing tutorial

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panda love, lunch bag, panda, tutorial, sew, insulated lunch box, sewing tutorial

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I wrote this free Insulated Lunch Bag tutorial for Sew Mama Sew waaaaaayyyyy back in 2014. When I also made the lunch bags that my kids are (were?) currently using. So, they were really old – and despite washing them frequently – we really needed new ones.

This time I decided to quilt all three panels, instead of just the front, and they turned out so much nicer! The original bags were great – but that extra layer makes them feel very sturdy. The bags are lined with insulating material and rip-stop nylon, so they keep things cold and are wipeable between washings. We have had no issues with them in 4 years! Hooray!

A word about the fabrics? Kelly has a knack for drawing the cutest animals! And these pandas are no exception. Plus – the text print is so cute and has the best sayings. It’s so perfect to send to school with my kids, like a little extra love for them at lunchtime!

You can get Panda Love directly from Kelly in her shop.

If you want to see more cute animals, you can also check out these projects I made with Kelly’s fabric:

Tree Party Cargo Duffle Bags

Road Trip Quilt

Fabrics: Panda Love by Kelly Panacci for Riley Blake Designs

Pattern: Free Insulated Lunch Bag – Velcro Version, or Zipper Version – by Sherri Sylvester

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