the wandering sack

May 27th, 2008 by sarah

MATERIALS:

1/2 yard fabric

1/2 yard vinyl-coated cotton fabric

1 1/2 yard ribbon

coordinating thread

a nice long stick

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Measure a 6 1/2-inch diameter circle on both your regular fabric and the vinyl-coated cotton and cut.

2. Measure and cut two 13 1/2- by 12- inch pieces out of each fabric.

3. Along the top edge of your fabric (the 13 1/2-inch length), mark the center at 6 3/4-inches. Then measure out 2 1/2 inches to each side of the center and mark.

4. Measure 3 inches down from the top edge at the center mark. Draw a curved line connecting the three outer marks and cut through both pieces of fabric. Repeat with the vinyl-coated cotton.

5. With right sides facing, stitch together the 12-inch sides of the bag and press open seams. Repeat with the vinyl-coated cotton. (I skipped the ironing with the vinyl cotton.)

6. Fold the circle piece in half and iron. Fold it in half the other way and iron again.

7. Using the ironed creases as guides, pin the circle piece to the bottom of the bag, right sides together, matching creases and seams. Where there is no seam, place the crease against the center point between seams.

8. Form a double pleat between each of your four pinned points.

9. Sew the circle onto the bottom edge of the bag. Turn right side out.

10. Repeat this process with the vinyl-coated cotton. It’s not easy to work with, so take your time and accept imperfections!

11. With right sides together, stitch bag lining (vinyl-coated cotton) to outer bag along scooped out edges ONLY. Turn bag right side out.

12. Stitch together straight edges along top of bag.

13. Top-stitch scooped out edges along top of bag.

14. Measure and cut a single strip of the outer fabric, 26 inches long by 3 inches wide.

15. Fold strip of fabric in half lengthwise and press. Open it out again, then fold each long end toward the center and press. Fold the whole thing in half lengthwise and press. Mark the center of the length of fabric with fabric pencil or by pressing it again.

16. Fold in one short end of the bias. Aligning the raw edges, with right sides together, pin the bias to the top of the bag so the edge of the bias meets the seamline.

17. Align the center of the bias with the other seam.

18. Pin remainder of bias to bag top and stitch along seamline (use the crease in the bias as a guide).

19. Fold bias over raw edges and stitch close to edge to finish.

20. Attach a safety pin to one end of ribbon. Feed the ribbon through the bias.

21. Tie a knot in each end of the ribbon and when you’re ready to go wandering, just fill up your sack and feed the stick through the scooped out ends.

Please remember that this tutorial is offered for your personal enjoyment. Please do not sell any products made or inspired by this tutorial.

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49 Responses

  1. lily boot

    AWESOME!!!!! This is so pretty – and again you have provided a wonderfully detailed and clear tutorial. Abby is lying beside me in bed and she wants one! I’ll have to get busy! Thanks Sarah, you are so very talented. I bet Tevis has one! :-)

  2. Lisa

    What a cool sack! I am inspired by all your original ideas. High five!

  3. Rachael Rabbit

    Such a wonderful idea …

  4. Shawnee

    What fun! My DD will love it.

  5. sir jorge

    that is the coolest thing i’ve seen in a long time.

  6. Charly Downtown

    This is great, I am a hobo clown of meager means, and I try DIY as much as possible!

  7. Melissa Adamaitis

    I want to make one, too!

  8. Jill

    Very Cool! Great tutorial! This would be great for nature walks.

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  10. Julie

    How sweet. It’s such a pretty bag and can be used for collecting pine cones and flowers or taking a picnic lunch to the park. Such a nice design.

  11. LauraJ

    That is really cute!! great tutorial!

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  13. IamSusie

    I saw this featured on the Craft Magazine Blog! What a great project!
    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/06/how_to_make_a_wandering_stick.html

  14. KarWar

    this is ADORABLE-what an inspired idea

  15. Tammy

    What an adorable bag! I can’t wait to try to make it. Thanks so much for the pattern.
    Tammy

  16. fei

    Wonderful!! I like that so much.

  17. ginger

    That is soo cute live it. Can see many hikers and park goer’s having these for there child.
    wonderful thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  18. Eren

    I love this! I think each of my boys needs one of these. That is if I can get through the rest of my “to make” pile this summer.

  19. amy

    Alright , that is the cutest sack ever!!!

  20. Katy

    Hello!!! I just LOVE this! It is sooo cute! I also love your blog! :) I found you by way of Homespun Living! :)

    Katy

  21. Stefani

    Oh this is fantastic!
    Thanks so much for sharing it!

  22. daniel

    thank you so much! i’ve been wanting to make one forever!

  23. Ellen

    Found you via I Have To Say. This is a neat project – I like the large handled loops – perfect for fitting in those sticks.

  24. val

    wow! That is so precious….and just in time…..I’ve joined a new swap and need to make a ‘bag or bucket’ for stitchery.

    Thank you!

  25. Laura of Harvest Lane

    This is a really cute bag. Good tutorial.

    Laura

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