Do you know what happens here next week? I'll give you a hint...actually no I won't, I'll just come right out and tell you.
SCHOOL STARTS IN FOUR DAYS HUH-WHA?
I know exactly what you're thinking: it's August. Four days from now is still only August. Not August 30 or even August 21. Nope. Four days from now it's August 6. And school starts.
Anyway, we're very excited because we found Roo an excellent new Montessori school to attend. It's even AMI certified (bonus!) and she's actually excited to go back. Whew! She hasn't been back since November, so I think we're all ready for the return of a daily routine and dependable activity.
To help celebrate this exciting new venture, I made Roo a new lunchbag. Virginia of Gingercake Sews sent me a note and asked if I'd like to try out one of her cute lunch bag patterns. The funny thing is, I've had her patterns "favorited" on my Etsy account for quite some time. I knew exactly which bag I wanted to make when she said "Pick your favorite!" I wrote back immediately and said "Waste-Free Lunchbag, please!"
It has a 3 1/2" base, nice and wide for packing a sandwich container, apple, water bottle and snack container without squishing anything or making it difficult to close.
It was easy to sew, the directions were clear and not difficult to follow. I really like the divider and how simple it was to do.
There are two sturdy handles, just the right size for small hands, and a nice wide tab with Velcro closure.
There's even an inside pocket to stash your napkin and utensils.
The bag is interfaced and lined with Insulbrite, a special material that reflects cold or heat, making your food stay cool or warm (although, I still use an ice pack when I pack her lunch).
I'm going to make a second one for my mom, she has a brand new job and I think that's worthy of a new lunch bag!
(Or maybe I just really love this pattern and want an excuse to make another!)
The cool thing is, all Gingercake lunchbag patterns are on sale through August 9-you know, three days after Roo starts school, (what the heck?)
Would you like a chance to win one? Of course you would!
It's so easy, just head on over to the Gingercake etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ginia18) and take a look around. Come back here and tell me which lunchbag pattern is your favorite and you'll be in the drawing hat! For an extra entry, share a picture of your favorite on Instagram with the hashtag "#gingercakepatterns" and be sure to tag us both, @schnitzelandboo and @gingercakesews. Easy stuff, right? Contest ends August 9, winner to be announced on August 10. Yay! That will give you plenty of time to make a new lunchbag for the back-to-schooler in your life. Assuming, of course, you go back in September.