Prototypes of a new lunch bag are in progress

Lunch bag prototype by AikaFeltWorks

Japanese friends requested me to make a lunch bag by wool felt. We have a tradition to take “Obentou” (lunch box) with us to schools, and now more and more young people (men, too!) are taking lunch boxes and a (or a couple of) bottle of tea to their work as well. Wool has high thermal nature that is good for keeping the food warm/cold. But machine wash is not suitable for wool felt, so I am thinking to make a bag-in-bag made of cotton or linen, too.

patterns of a lunch box by AikaFeltWorks

I had an image of “round shaped bag”. Making patterns of a bag by paper.

paper model of a luch bag by AikaFeltWorks

Putting the patterns together.

A part of the first model of a lunch bag by AikaFeltWorks

Tried to make it by felt. Oh my,,, it was difficult to sew!

Different angle of the first prototype of a lunch bag by AikaFeltWorks

Well, seam allowances inside the bag are hard and hurt my hands.

The first and the second prototypes of a lunch bag by AikaFeltWorks

I made the other bag with easier patterns and taller proportion. But no, no, still not good.. seam allowances on the side should be outside a bag, because they also make the bag’s capacity a bit smaller.

The third prototype of a lunch bag by AikaFeltWorks

Now it came! I found the design! Well, thick felt always need the least amount of human’s work to be beautiful as a form. I shouldn’t fiddle with the material too much ;)

The third prototype of a lunch bag with a white handle by AikaFeltWorks

I thought the handles should be white with sharp line. I made the other handle with natural brown to compare.

Lunch bag prototype by AikaFeltWorks

I like the form of the bottom corners.

A bamboo lunch box is in the prototype of a lunch bag by AikaFeltWorks

A bamboo lunch box is in.

Textiles for a bag-in-bag for a lunch bag

I went to local textile shop to find clothes for the bag-in-bag. I wanted to get some animal prints made in Finland, but they had clothes only from Germany.

Now I’m contacting a Finnish textile design company and a Japanese one, both are my friends’ companies. Their designs are lovely, so I’m looking forward to hearing from them soon!

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