All you'll need for this is about 1/2 yard of oilcloth and your sewing machine. I'd recommend using a size 16 needle (or one recommended for heavy weight fabric).
Some useful links:
- tips for sewing with oilcloth at Sew, Mama, Sew.
- here is a great post about the difference between laminated fabric and oilcloth along with some sewing tips.
OK, so here are your pieces.
2 front/back pieces 11.5" x 9"
1 bottom piece 7" x 9"
2 side pieces 11.5" x 7"
2 handle pieces 12" x 3" (you could also use webbing to save time)
My cut pieces.
First sew the handles. I wanted my finished handle to be about 1" wide, so I folded each side over 1" to the wrong side. The nice thing about sewing with this kind of fabric is that you don't have to finish the edges.
Sew a seam down the center to secure the overlapping pieces and then sew another seam right next to the first.
Take your front/back panels and fold the top over 1/2" towards the wrong side. Then mark 2 inches in from the edge. Align the handle at the 2" mark and with the folded edge and sew a seam along the top and bottom of the folded edge. Do this for both the front and back panels.
Take your 2 side panels and fold over 1/2" to the wrong side the same way you did for the front/back panels (do this along the shorter side which will be the top). Sew a seam along the top and bottom of the fold.
Then sew each side panel to the bottom panel with right sides together. Make sure to sew the non-finished side to the bottom.
Now, take one of your front panels and align the top edge with the finished, folded over edge of the side panel and sew a seam (1/4" seam allowance) all the way down the side, stopping about 1/4" short of the bottom panel.
Pivot the front panel so that now the bottom of the front is aligned with the bottom panel and again sew a seam with 1/4" seam allowance, stopping 1/4 short of the end.
Pivot again and sew up the other side panel in the same manner.
Here's what you should end up with.
If you haven't given up on sewing with oilcloth, repeat this for the other front panel and you've got a lunch tote!
Pack a lunch and you're ready to go.
Maybe grab a cute friend to take along too....