If only good old Santa had left us his sack I might not have had to make one of these. After Christmas our house is overflowing with toys, and I've been working on trying to find solutions for all of the toy chaos. The sack would be great for laundry though too, or maybe even to hang in the garage to catch soccer balls and other sports stuff.
I made this in about a couple of hours, which was almost as long as it took me to pick out the fabric in the first place. Do you know how difficult it is to find fabric with some purple in it? I wanted to match the walls of Lu's room and I had such a difficult time. Clearly the rest of the world doesn't feel the same way about purple as Lu does. I can't say that I blame them.
But I digress.
Here's a quick tutorial to show you how I made my toy sack. The base of the sack is just a circle. Mine was 13 inches, but you could certainly use the basic geometry equation:
circumference = pi * diameter to change the size.
You'll need two rectangle pieces, the base of which will attach to the circle. The length of the rectangle will be half of the circumference plus the addition of a half inch or so for a seam allowance. You can make the fabric as tall as you like, since its height is irrelevant to the size of the circle base.
You'll want to cut an additional 3 pieces of your lining material. Here are my pieces cut out:
First, sew up only 1 side of your bag. Place on your label where you want it.
I folded my strap like this:
I used the strap to hang this over the side of the bed. I don't have any pictures though, since Lu was still napping when I finished the bag.
Even though my outer fabric is thick, my bag is pretty floppy. I don't think this is really a problem for my bag since mine is going to hang off the foot board of Lu's bed. If you want your bag to stand up more you could use interfacing to add strength to it. Happy sewing!
I'll see you all back here next week.
- FOR THE HOME
- SEW SOMETHING
- KID CRAFTS