Insulated Fabric or batting

I would like to make a lunch bag for my daughter. It needs to be heavily
insulated, because she will be taking it to camp with her and it may sit in
the sun for most of the morning. I would also like it to be washable.
I know I could just use batting, but I don't think that would give the bag
enough protection, is there a fabric out there that is designed to hold the
cool in and the heat out?
Thanks,
Reply to
Knit Chic
Warm Company makes Insul-Brite:
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've seen in it the Nancy's Notions catalog, for instance. For a bag that may sit in the sun most of the morning, I'm not sure it would be enough, though. Maybe the combination of a insulated lining and a container of frozen juice would work. Doreen in Alabama
Reply to
Doreen
You would need to add Blue Ice packs to reflective insulation if you want to guarantee that food sitting in the sun will remain safe to eat after several hours.
Or you could just get her one of those small Styrofoam packs with BLue Ice in the lid. That will last a long time and be perfectly safe.
Reply to
Melinda Meahan - take out TRAS
Thank you ... I'll check out Joanns this weekend. I am planning on putting freezer packs in the lunch bag to keep it cool. My design calls for an elastic strap so that a freezer pack will be easily held in place.
Reply to
Knit Chic
Sorry, you're right. I live in the hometown of Joann's (Cleveland), it's just natural for me to assume everybody has one. I shopped there with my mother as a little girl when it was really a first class, quality store - Cleveland Fabric.
Cathi
Reply to
Lee & Cathi Thomas
I happen to be in Cleveland as well. Have you ever gone to the Joanns in Hudson? It's right next to their warehouse and about 3 times bigger than any other Joanns I have been to. They also always have a lot more discount fabrics there.
Reply to
Knit Chic
I know you're looking to sew a lunch bag for your daughter but these are nice and quite inexpensive:
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have this one myself, which is large enough to hold a "boughten" salad in its original packaging, plus drinks, etc:
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Reply to
Kathleen
There are fabrics available intended for just that purpose, but honestly, I'm not sure I would bother making a lunchbox.
The sporting goods department of your local *mart/Target has any number of small coolers, many intended to be used as lunchboxes, for far less than you (as an individual consumer) can purchase the materials. I just bought a lunchbox for DS (the zipper on his 3yo box finally broke irreparably) for less than $10. While not 'pitch in the washing machine' washable, they won't need to be washed as often as a fabric lunchbag because they're waterproof, and only need a quick swipe with a damp sponge.
jenn
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Reply to
Jenn Ridley
I understand where you are coming from, but the same could be said about many sewing projects. I could easily buy a hand bag for $10 at Target, or get exactly what I want and the fun of making it for $20-$30. Sewing isn't always about making something for less, there are times it's just about making something. btw, this is a project that my 8 year old will be helping with, not only great mom and daughter time but it will be nice for her to be able to use something that she makes/designs.
Reply to
Knit Chic
Could also just make a pocket(s) inside the bag to slip the freezer pack in. I have a commercial insulated lunch bag that has such a feature. Keeps the freezer pack from sweating all over the contents.
liz young in sunny california
Reply to
Elizabeth Young
teach your daughter to drape the container with a new clean piece of aluminum foil, shiny side out, each morning. Reflects the solar irradiation away from the item.
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dances_with_barkadas

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