It’s that perfect time of year for toting food to picnics and cookouts. Whether you are planning a family outing for the day or packing the car for a road trip, this modified Weekender Tote will keep hot foods warm or chilled foods cool. Here’s how to make a personalized insulated tote. Simply modify my instructions found in Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares by using double-quilted fabric lined with Insul-Film. In an afternoon, sew a So-Cool Picnic Tote. The large bag holds everything you’ll need and still stores flat when you are finished.

Modifying the Weekender Tote Instructions

The Weekender Tote instructions are based on a simple rectangle design, featuring double-sided quilted fabric. The dimensions for the tote are listed in the book, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares.

  • Cut out the rectangles from the quilted fabric, using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
  • Assemble and attach the pocket and straps, following the instructions in the book.

Now, it’s time to modify the instructions.

  • Seam the Insul-Film. The Insul-Film will not be wide enough for the Weekender Tote’s required sizes.

  • Use Wonder Clips, instead of pins, to hold the Insul-Film together.
  • Stitch a 1/4″ seam through the Insul-Film using a Teflon Presser Foot, which will allow the foot to slide over the film.
Note from Nancy: I recommend a size 70 Klasse sewing machine needle when sewing through the Insul-Film. The small-sized needle will not create large holes in the Insul-Film. 

  • Lay the Insul-Film on the inside of the bag base.
  • Use Wonder Clips to hold the film in place around the outer edges.
  • Baste around the bag base perimeter to secure the Insul-Film.

  • Continue to follow the Weekender Tote instructions to complete the bag, making sure to use Wonder Clips when applying the zipper.
  • Once the bag is finished, the lining is reflective and functional.

Watch Sewing With Nancy online 

Learn how to create the original Weekender Tote. Watch Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares online.

How To Modify an Insulated Grocery Tote | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Watch Sewing With Nancy on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone; download the app.

Sewing-With-Nancy-Weekender-Tote-Nancy-ZiemanNancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of a Hot and Handy Projects book was Joyce who said, Pot holders and placemats make nice gifts. I enjoyed reading the comments about your favorite sewn kitchen accessory after last week’s blog, How To Sew a Quick Pot Holder

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

Content in this feed is © copyright 2015 by Nancy Zieman and may not be republished without written permission. You’re welcome to forward the email to a friend or colleague, but it’s not okay to add the RSS feed automatically as content on a blog or other website.