diy customizable lunch bags + free printable!

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I am somewhat addicted to pinterest. I can’t help myself but plough through the “DIY and Crafts” section whenever I have time and that includes waiting for my food, for my turn to go to the loo, at the traffic light, waiting for the lift, etc. That being said, I’ve noticed a small trend along the lines of using lunch bags and have seen an awesome tutorial on printing on lunch bags using a home printer. I’ve a different way of doing it which I’ll be sharing today!

Materials you’ll need:
– paper lunch bags, self standing, flat bottom. I’m not sure if there are different sizes but mine’s 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches (13 x 7.9 x 27 cm)
– strips of scrap paper
– tape
– tape that is somewhat easy to remove. I find that washi tape works well
– scissors
– printer – I would think that a laser printer will be best.
– design to be printed

To download the free printable for this DIY, click the following link: kraft paper bag
The printable includes 9 designs: Happy Monday, Happy Tuesday… Happy Sunday, Enjoy! and Just For You <3
If you would like a customized design, let me know and I can see what I can do :)

Instructions:
1. The lunch bags I have comes with the base folded to the front of the bag. You’ll notice that the back has a seam in the middle. Ensure that the base is folded towards the back by flipping it over. This will allow you to print your designs lower which gives you more room to fold the top down when packaging.

edited22. Close up the top of the bag using a strip of paper. To do this, cut out a long strip of paper and fold it half lengthwise. Slot the top of the lunch bag inside and using a scissors, cut off the excess paper on both ends. Tape on both ends of the paper to secure it. You should be able to still slip off the paper at this stage.

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3. To secure the base to the bag, take a strip of paper and fold it over the base. Fold the strip of paper to the front of the bag but trim such that only a small part of the paper overhangs to the front, The design prints in between so you won’t want to cover the whole front. Next, paste strips of washi tape as indicated in the picture below. It is key to do the same or your lunch bag will jam the printer – I learnt it the hard way!

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4. Feed your lunch bag into your printer. Open up your design on your computer (download printable at the start of the post!). Under print settings, change the size of your paper to the size of the lunch bag (13 x 27cm or 5 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches) and change paper thickness to “thick”. Click print and keep your fingers crossed! This is how it looks like after the design is printed.

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5. Carefully remove the strips of paper. Washi tape usually comes off quite easily and you can reuse the strips of paper to print more bags.

Have fun!

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