A few weeks ago Anne sent me a link for A Tiny Forrest's Etsy shop where there was a pattern for a lunch bag complete with interior Mason jar sleeves.
Let me back up a moment. Before Pinterest turned Mason jars into The Hottest and Trendies Things, I used jars for everything from soups to sippy cups to holding our toothbrushes. I dumped beads in them, stored beans and rice in them, and used them to hang my dangling earrings.
Mostly because in a home where canning is done every summer, all summer, there is always a plethora of jars.
Now, of course, I hadn't thought of such wonderful things as salads in jars, but I had thought of strawberry shortcakes in individual servings. Still, I'd like to think I was Mason Jarring before Mason Jarring was hip.
With that being said, every week I make a big pot of steel cooked oats in my crock pot and divide it into half pint jars for breakfasts. And most weeks I make a big pot of soup and divide it into jars for lunches. Which means I tend to have a lunch box full of jars.
Which brings me back to Anne and these jars-to-go bags.
After a few emails between Kimberly, the pattern creator, where she assured me she was just an email away if I needed help and if I found I really couldn't figure it out, she'd refund me, I bought the $5 patterns and hit up the fabric stores.
Cue heart failure.
Now, don't get me wrong. I understand fabric has been going up in price, but when I found the perfect patterns in the most gorgeous colors, I was not expecting them to cost between $12-$15 per yard. Still, I swallowed my inner frugality and splurged.
I'm so glad I did.
After a weekend of sewing - the first day with Anne who, thank God, understands spatial relationships as they pertain to lined bags with handles - I had three adorable bags. Two were gifts to Tara and Sarah. One was a gift to myself.
I can't wait to see how Anne's bags turn out. She's making one for her and one for Jen out of the sweetest fabric. I also grabbed more fabric for a couple more gifts. And maybe another for myself.
I might be addicted to these lunch bags.
And I might try to make them with slightly smaller sleeves. The quart size makes my two pint jars swim. Hmm...maybe a little velcro will help...
Yep. Completely addicted.