Sewing with Gingercake Patterns

Gingercake Patterns

I grew up around sewing machines. My parents owned an upholstery shop when I was little, and my mom has been a seamstress for as long as I can remember. She made all of my Homecoming dresses in high school, one of my prom dresses and the dresses for all of my bridesmaids. And she quilts. Yeah. She can make anything — it’s amazing. 

So naturally, I know how to use a sewing machine, and I’ve made my fair share of items in the past. However, I am not a huge seamstress. {Note: when I first wrote that, I actually wrote “I am not a huge sewer.” Hee hee. That’s funny right there.} I am one of those people who need a pattern. Preferably a step-by-step pattern with pretty pictures. 

Which is why I love Gingercake Patterns. I met Virginia through my friend Amy, and she’s awesome. Her patterns are the cutest, sweetest things you have ever seen. And a few of them are even being published by Simplicity! How exciting is that?!?

Gingercake Patterns

So when she asked me if I wanted to be involved in her Holiday Gifts Sewing Series featuring her patterns, I jumped at the chance. I chose to try out the Waste Free Lunch Bag for Mason. {And he was super excited to be getting something that was all his — the entire time I was sewing, he came up to me approximately every 3 minutes, asking “Is my bag all ready for me??”}

Make a cute insulated lunch bag {or tote!} with an easy-to-follow pattern from Gingercake patterns

I could not be happier with how it turned out.  

Virginia’s pattern is so easy to follow, and includes photos of every step. Not being an expert in sewing, when I first read through the pattern, before I even started cutting out the fabric, there were a couple of parts where I thought, “Huh?!?” but once I started the process of making the bag, it all made perfect sense. 

Make a cute insulated lunch bag {or tote!} with an easy-to-follow pattern from Gingercake patterns

Now, I know I said that I have to follow a pattern all the time, but I did make a couple of slight changes — and that’s one of the things I love about Virginia’s patterns. At the end of each one, she lists some suggestions on how you could change it up a bit. 

Because I made this bag for Mason, who is 2 1/2, I decided to leave off the flap entirely and have the bag just be open at the top. I thought he might get frustrated with the velcro closure, and since he doesn’t stay for lunch a preschool, I figured he’d probably use it more like a tote anyways. 

Make a cute insulated lunch bag {or tote!} with an easy-to-follow pattern from Gingercake patterns

And I was correct, as this is how he packed it. {Yes, that is in fact a Blackberry in the pocket. My man’s got some bidness to take care of.}

Make a cute insulated lunch bag {or tote!} with an easy-to-follow pattern from Gingercake patterns

See? His celly’s blowin’ up.

Make a cute insulated lunch bag {or tote!} with an easy-to-follow pattern from Gingercake patterns

If you’re looking to create some sweet, handmade gifts this holiday season, please check out all of the Gingercake patterns. I know you’ll find something perfect!!

And Virginia is also letting me give away one Waste Free Lunch Bag pattern! All you need to do to enter is visit Gingercake patterns and leave a comment below letting me know which one is your favorite. {It’s going to be hard to pick!} I will randomly choose a winner on Saturday, November 30. 

Good luck!! 



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  • jeanine
    November 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

    love the crayon art folio

  • Kristy
    November 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Your bag is darling! Love the fabrics you’ve chosen and your busy little fella is the sweetest! 🙂
    Patterns…Many favorites, but one I’m especially drawn to is Annie’s Penguin. Thanks!

  • Mariel W
    November 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I love the Lola owls. But I LOVE the fabric you picked for this project. Turned out super cute!

  • Lee
    November 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    The Getaway Duffle looks like a great pattern in her shop! Love the lunch tote! thanks!

  • Karen G
    November 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I love them all! The penguin has to be my favorite. Love the fabric that you used. So cute

  • Amy Frank
    November 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Love what you did with this pattern and especially love the way Mason packed his bag! : ) My favorite Gingercake pattern is definitely the Art Caddy, though the Crayon Folio is really cute too….

  • Brandie
    November 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I really love all of these projects. But the three layer clutch and art caddy tote have to be a top two!! 🙂

  • Kerri
    November 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I love the make your getaway duffel!! that is super cute!

  • Carla G
    November 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    What a great looking bag!! My favorite would be the Love Your Lunchbox pattern! 🙂

  • Anne Marie
    November 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Love this bag – would be so fun to make. I have her Lola the owl pattern and love it.

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