I’m very excited to share that LivSplendidly is now part of the Etsy community! Ladies, the days of tossing our brown paper bag lunches inside of tote bags are over! My first products available for purchase are reusable lunch bags made of faux leather.¬†Check out my shop here.

Brown Faux Leather Reusable Lunch Bag

Brown Faux Leather Reusable Lunch Bag

I’ve been noticing for a while how hard it is to find a lunch bag that can fit all my Tupperware containers but still be attractive. I browsed around looking for a pretty lunch bag that I wouldn’t have to sneak in and out of my handbag because it looked like it belonged in an elementary school cafeteria. No luck! Naturally, I figured the answer could be found among stacks of fabric bolts. I fiddled with a bunch of pattern ideas and several different materials. I came up with a brown-bag style pattern sewn with vinyl fabric that looks like leather. The outside looks great but the inside is just as functional. The bag has a black waterproof liner, which has a built-in pocket for storing an ice pack or to allow easy access to small items like dressing packets and silverware. I’ve been testing my own prototype for weeks. I love it! Its very durable and has been able to withstand everything I’ve been throwing at it (including a spilled thermos of milk destined for my Quaker Toasted Oatmeal Squares).

Each bag measures approximately 14″ high by 9″ wide by 5″ deep. No more struggling to fit your large plastic containers! The bottom of the bag’s interior is reinforced with a piece of plastic to provide a sturdy base for any heavier items you might be carrying.

Faux Leather Lunch Bag in Black

The bags come with a removable waterproof liner to protect the interior against any messy mishaps. Just detach the liner from the bag using its Velcro strips and rinse it under the sink. The liner can also be machine washed should you encounter an extra messy lunchtime problem.

Check out that waterproof liner!

Check out that waterproof liner!

To close the bag, just roll over the top and snap it shut with its magnetic closure. The sturdy fabric provides enough of a grip to carry the bag easily in your hand. Before I made my bag, I would double up on disposable paper bags just to make sure the bag wouldn’t rip, and I’d lose my lunch to a lucky sidewalk. No such worries now!

Faux Leather Lunch Bag in Gold

Faux Leather Lunch Bag in Gold

When lunch is over, its easy to fold up the bag and store it. The outside can be wiped clean with a damp cloth if necessary.

Flattened and Easy to Store

Flattened and Easy to Store

Currently I have three fabrics available to choose from–black, gold, and brown. The brown fabric is a bit softer than the black and gold, but is just as durable. I plan to add more design choices soon. Just have to find the perfect fabrics that will both look gorgeous and withstand the daily trek to and from school or work. Send a comment my way if you have any ideas on sturdy fabrics that appeal to your inner fashionista! I have my eye on a silvery textured alligator material…

Brown Faux Leather Reusable Lunch Bag

Brown Faux Leather Reusable Lunch Bag

Back of Brown Bag

Back of Brown Bag

Just to confirm, no real leather is being used to make these bags! These bags have the look of leather, but are much better–no harm to the fur people!

If you head over to Etsy and purchase one of these bags, I’d be more than happy to add a personalized name tag free of charge. Just in case your new bag gets misplaced in the office kitchen, it can be returned to its rightful owner.

Happy crafting! -Olivia

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