the wandering sack
1/2 yard fabric
1/2 yard vinyl-coated cotton fabric
1 1/2 yard ribbon
a nice long stick
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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