Yesterday we took the baby things over to young Wilhelm. I had been looking for a gift bag to put them in when I remembered this hockey fabric I'd seen when I was rummaging around for the giveaway goodies.
Many people in this town are obsessed with hockey so I figured Wilhelm should have something, like this bag, to provoke questions. It is better to learn about the seedier side in life at home, from your parents, than in the street.
This is Sew Grateful week and this is my tutorial for a very simple bag or carry-all. I expect most people know how to make one, but it doesn't hurt to have a different perspective. I have been making these for years, long before the internet became a daily part of everyday life. I expect I saw the idea in a magazine or newspaper article. So, in my typical quick-and-dirty fashion, here we go. Please ask me questions if there are parts of this that do not make sense.
1. Decide how big it should be. Using a measuring tape is a grand idea, but I prefer to hold it next to what I plan to carry in it.
|Measure for size|
|Prepare bag body and handle.|
|Decide which way the pattern will run.|
|Sew or serge the side and the bottom seams.|
|Serge or sew the handles.|
6. Cut the long piece in half to make two handles.
|Cut the handle piece in two.|
|Match up side (under thumb) and bottom seam.|
|Matching seams, different angle, with side seam under my thumb and the bottom seam directly underneath.|
Mark the second side.
|Mark where to serge or sew across the corner.|
|One corner finished.|
|Both corners finished.|
|Bag standing inside out.|
10. Turn the top of the bag down to finish the edge; turn it once if you have serged the raw edges, twice if you are sewing. Stitch around the entire top edge
(I don't know what blogger is doing, but it has linked the next two pictures together and I cannot move them apart. Grrr)
|Attach the handles at the appropriate distances.|
I found the center side to be 10 inches so I attached the handles equally away from the center. (The metric system was introduced in Canada when I was in Grade 5. My poor teachers did not have a clue about this new way of doing things, and since I hadn't even mastered the Imperial system yet, I don't really know either system. As in this tutorial, I use Imperial and metric interchangably. I measure distance in kilometers, then have to convert to miles to know how long that will take to travel. I know my height in inches and weight in pounds, but I buy my food in grams and my fabric in meters. But I digress.)
12. Turn the bag right side out and use as you see fit.