May 18, 2012
Arissa Ha

It’s taken us a while to get this DIY done mainly cause I had to order the right paper for it. The Jil Sander Paper lunch bag is amongst the most popular bags from the Fall 2012 collection and is set to be the “it” bag of the season. Jil Sander isn’t going to cut off the top of their existing paper bag to sell, it has to be something that can withstand wear and tear. An actual paper bag will also tear at the slightest drizzle, leaving all your contents spilled over the floor. It’s a great idea if you only want to use it for one time (and hope that it doesn’t rain on the day you decide to bring it out) but I’ve decided to make one with a material that is waterproof and able to survive the daily grime.

You will need:

  • Kraft Paper
  • Scissors/craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Thick thread
  • Needles
  • Glue (I would recommend spray mount glue or a really strong adhesive)

You will need specifically waterproof Kraft paper. Google it and you’ll be able to find many sources that sell it. Basically, I’d be able to spill water on my bag and the contents will still be dry. It will crumple like regular paper and I really love the worn look.

You will need the size of the paper to be 74cm by 34cm.

Fold the ends so that they overlap in the middle by 1com. This will create an allowance for sewing them together later.

Fold the side inwards like an accordion, the panels are 5cm each. In effect, your paper bag will open up to be 10cm wide.

Prepare a length of thread that is about 85-90cm long.

Poke stitching holes along the side. They are about 5mm from the side. Be sure to poke carefully and only have the holes go through the 2 ends of the paper and not the other side of the bag.

I am using a 2 needle saddle stitch which is commonly used to stitch leather. I found a really helpful tutorial here.

This will be what you get after you have finished the entire length.

Fold a line about 12cm from the opening of the bag and fold the side into a neat triangle like so. Repeat with the other side as well.

Fold everything flat and it will look like this. After that, fold the flaps inwards and secure with glue.

Your bag is now done!

Once again, if you like the tutorial, you’re welcomed to post it on your own blog but please do not repost the entire tutorial. Post one or two teaser photos if you will and link back to us. We would really appreciate it.

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12 Responses to “Monoxious Guide: How to DIY your own Jil Sander Paper Lunch bag [DIY Tutorial]”

  1. You should totally stamp a ‘Monoxious’ at the foot of the bag. That’ll add a nice finishing touch.


    Rei Tan replied on

    emboss stamping would be amazing!


    Arissa replied on

    Hahaha, I did actually contemplate getting debossing stamps for it.


  2. Elsausagi says:

    I loved it! I wish I had a sewing machine so I could make myself one. Would it be possible to make a leather one following these steps? :’)


    Arissa replied on

    I didn’t use a sewing machine at all for this DIY. Everything was hand sewn. I doubt you can use this for leather unless you can find a suitable glue for it. I know my Anve one uses glue instead of stitches.


  3. Lizzi Lim says:

    That’s quite smart haha! Although recently there have been quite a few leather lunch paper bags and some really look like paper from afar, those might be a good investment too! Plus leather always feels good! <– Marie Tunor leather lunch bag at Nana & Bird (Blueprint Emporium!)


    Arissa replied on

    The point was to make one that looks like the Jil Sander one. I think leather lunch bags existed way before the Jil Sander ones. Personally, I own one from Anve and I really love it. The paper one is meant to be thrown around, crumpled up and it will still look great. :)


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  6. rsp says:

    Where did you buy your water kraft paper? I live here in singapore, I don’t know which part the country I buy one. Thanks!


    Arissa replied on

    as mentioned in the post, you can just google it. There’re plenty of places that sell them online. I didn’t buy them from a physical store.


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