If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I am all about going plastic-free and using more sustainable alternatives. Some easy ways to reduce your use of plastic is to shop with reusable produce bags and tote bags. Another way to waste less is to bring your own lunch bag to work—and use containers instead of plastic. To help you with this, I designed this cute herb iron-on for a DIY lunch bag.

To get started, you will need a lunch tote that you can iron the design onto. I used an 8×10 recycled canvas tote that I found at a local shop. But you may want to explore other sizes or options! Once you have your lunch bag, you will also need the rest of the tools and materials listed below as well as my iron-on design.


As you can see from our tools and materials list, this DIY lunch bag is super simple to make. A cutting machine will be the easiest and fastest route for this craft project. But we have also included a PDF for those of you without cutting machines.

Once you’ve finished this project, you can skip the brown bag lunch and start taking your own custom lunch bag to work, school, or wherever else you go. Bringing your own lunch also means you’ll save money, too! And if you want to take your plastic-free lifestyle even further, you can wrap your sandwiches and other food items in our beeswax cloth wrap.

Have an idea for how to go plastic-free? Share with us in the comments below!

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