When I'm working on a monthly series like these mug mats, I have a list of potential ideas I work from all year, but I also have some spur-of-the-moment patterns that make their way in. This month, I suddenly wanted to make one shaped like a hexagon…Read More
Over the years there has been a small handful of times that I've made something and then forgot to actually share it here. How does that happen? Yeah, good question. Sometimes it's because it's seasonal, others I'm hanging onto to see if it will fit into a series. This one might take the record though - I made it two years ago. Fortunately, when I came across it I still thought it turned out great and wanted to post it. Even better, this is a great idea for Father's Day and it's easy to make!
To make this bag, all you need is cotton fabric, cut in the following sizes:
Outside - 12 1/2 x 23 1/2"
Straps - 2 1/2 x 21" (two)
Lining - 12 1/2 x 23 1/2"
Stitch the two 12 1/2" sides right sides together on the outside piece. Press the seam open.
Center the seam and press the sides. Turn the top edge under 1/2" and press.
Stitch across the bottom. Flatten the bottom corners so the stitching and the crease on the side are lined up. Stitch across the corner, 2" from the tip. Repeat on the other corner.
Repeat all steps with the lining.
Fold the 21" strips right sides together and stitch down the long side. Turn right side out and press with the seam centered.
Turn the outer bag right side out. Leave the lining so the right side is in, and the wrong side is facing out. Stuff it inside the bag, so the two wrong sides are together. Line up the upper edges and pin.
Slip the ends of the handles in between the layers, 2 1/2" from each side of the bag, with the end into the bag about an inch.
Stitch around near the top edge of the bag, and again about 1/2" from the edge.
Lay the bag out flat and find the center. Draw a line with chalk 6" long from the top edge.
Stitch along that line. Be sure to back stitch well at the beginning and end.
That's all there is to it. We have a local shop that can put tap beer into a sealed 32 ounce can (in lieu of a growler), and this will hold two of those easily.
It will also hold two wine bottles, and keep them from clanging into each other. Or one of each!
Once you've gifted it to someone, they can pass it on to the next person as a gift. Or maybe they'll just keep it as their own carrier! 😉
It's true there's still several days until Christmas arrives. But if you're making and buying gifts let's face it - we're officially in last minute territory. I'm there with you on both counts. It isn't too late if you think creatively, and I'm here to share a few ideas to help you finish checking off your list...Read More