|1st bag, back|
|1st bag front|
These are handy little buggers...and they wash up nice!
|2nd bag back|
|2nd bag front|
These are so easy to make. I started out with a square piece that I cut into 7" x 14" lengths. You can make any size!
Of course you have to add beading to your piece!!!
Next up I cut/fused backing to cover up the stitching so it won't get caught on coupons/papers or your fingers as you put items in the bag.
I also kept the backing 1/4" from the side seams. There's too much bulk to sew and turn.
Next I cut fabric for the sleeve for inserting a piece metal tape. You need to steel one your hubby's tool shed! But don't use tape that is over 1/2-3/4" wide. Depending on the size of your tape you need at least 1 1/2" - 2" strip of fabric.
Sew the strip right sides together to the backing first, then press 1/4" on the unsewn side. Fold over to the right side of the bag and stitch. I like to use a 12 wt or decorative thread for this part.
Next up you'll cut a piece of metal tape at least 1" smaller than your bag width. You need to make sure the tape is inside the seam line or else you end up sewing over metal...which isn't good!
Also, round your edges of the metal tape measure and cover with a piece of masking or scotch tape. This will prevent it from poking through the sleeve as you use it.
Slip your metal tape into the sleeve....place the number side of the tape facing inside. This is different from how I was told to first make them (Thanks, Galye!) but it works so much better this way. Really does 'snap'!
I have made all different sizes using left over scraps from quilts. You can see a smaller size on my post here.
Oh, just had a call from the Dr. and I have a cracked rib! Go figure! And all I did was pick up a dog that weighs less then Kalle! I actually did this two weeks ago but finally got to see the Dr. today....oh well...these old bones are quite brittle but who knew how brittle! No more running around the bases with grand kids. But my grandson did tell me I could still pitch! Go figure! Off to get some Advil or more wine! Lots better than Oxyi!