Duffle Bags for Foster Children
Below are directions for a duffle bag which was discussed at the June meeting. The lady from the guild downstate gave me permission to share. She stated she takes in foster children and it is sad when they come with all their possessions in a plastic grocery bag. Small pockets can be made to put their pencils, markers, etc. and larger pockets for additional storage. I embroidered a saying on the pocket that would give them encouragement. As Sue stated, it would be nice to put a quilt inside the bag for the children - great idea!
Fabric use is most efficient when using 60” wide fabric - the fabric should be sturdy - denim is excellent. Cut the fabric 24” by 60” - when using 60”wide fabric, cut a piece 24” long and leave the selvage edge on unless it is puckered after washing. It is wise to zig-zag stitch or serge all cut edges to avoid fraying. Selvage edges will become the top of the bag.
If you are going to sew a pocket or trim on the bag, do so before assembling the bag. Placement of the pockets should be about 9” down from the top of the bag (selvage edge). Turn the top edge of the pocket piece under about 1 ½ “ and top stitch before sewing the other three serged edges (also turned under about 3/8”) to the bag. Pockets can be placed on both sides and be of varying sizes (even tall narrow ones – for pens, markers, etc.).
After the pocket is sewn on, fold the fabric piece in half with the right sides together. Measure down from the top 5” and mark the fabric. Sew both side seams (backtacking the beginning and use 5/8 “ seams) from the mark you made to the bottom fold. This will leave the top 5” open on both sides.
Top side seams: With the inside of the side seams facing you, open the seam and fold back 5/8 “ at the top of the bag on both sides (see diagram). From the top edge, sew down one side, across the seam and back up the other side. You are stay-stitching the seams flat so that you can insert the cording or string more easily
Create dimensional bottom: With it still inside out, lay the bag on the table and fold one of the side seams in to meet the bottom fold (press the seams open). Match those areas and the result will be a triangle with the point at the very bottom of the bag. Sew across the point about 2 or 2 ½ “ from the bottom. Repeat for the other side seam. When the bag is turned, it will have dimension.
Top: Fold the top edges 1 3/4 “ to the inside of the bag. Starting at the each side seam opening sew 1½“ from the fold forming a casing on both the back and the front of the bag through which the cording will be inserted. You will need two lengths of cord - 1 ½ yd long each. Insert the cord starting at one side of the bag - go through the first casing, turn, and then go through the other casing, ending on the side that you started. Tie the two cord ends in a knot. Starting at the other side seam, repeat this procedure.
Turn the bag and you’re done!!!!
Contact Evelyn Lychalk for more information E-mail: ALEL76@verizon.net
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