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DIY Insulated Farmer’s Market Tote – free pattern

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I made one of these double-insulated tote bags for when I bring home frozen food from the store and now I don't have to worry about it being defrosted by the time I get home.  Very easy to make and well worth.

[UPDATE – the owner of the Sew Mama Sew website has retired and the entire website has been taken down. We don’t know of any other active link for this pattern. Sorry for the disappointment, but sometimes these things happen and are outside of our control. You may find other patterns and ideas for insulated bags here.]

I don’t know about you, but when I go grocery shopping in the summer, I feel like I have to race home like the wind so my ice cream doesn’t melt or my yogurt doesn’t get too warm. This is a great summer sewing project to help with just that. It’s an insulated (stylish) tote that you can take with you on a picnic to keep your foods hot/cold or just on a run to the store in that hot summer heat to help keep your pizzas frozen and your ice cream from melting! The bag has a double layer of Insul-Bright to keep hot things hot and cold things cold.

It’s fairly large; it can easily hold 4 boxed pizzas or 3 gallons of milk. The final dimensions are: 26″ (top width)/18″ bottom width x 17″ high x 8″ deep (at the base).

So here’s what you’ll need:

1 28″ sport weight zipper
2 pieces heavy duty / decor weight exterior fabric, 28″ w x 21″ h.
2 pieces plain canvas or other heavy fabric for lining, 28″ x 21″
1 2/3 yd. of 45″ wide Insul-Bright, cut into 4 28″ x 21″ pieces.
heavy duty sewing machine needle
For the handles and decorative stripes, you’ll need:

4 pieces of 2″ x 28″ (stripes)
2 pieces of 4″ x 28″ (handles)

Pattern and Tutorial for the Insulated Tote Bag