for christmas/birthday, my friend schmutzie got me one of these ravelry project bags (in center). it's a good sized bag --- about 12" x 16".
i use it a lot of my larger projects. i only have 1.
schmutzie had gotten one for herself as well --- and she really likes it. so she requested to have another one, but in this crazy fabric i found at my local Joann store.
the one she requested was this …
the one she didn't ask for (and doesn't know about) is this …
she's not irish, but german. her birthday is valentine's day, but i couldn't find this type of print in the valentine scheme --- so she's getting the next holiday option :p
regardless --- it's a good sized bag for a knitting project larger than a sock (such as her sweater projects).
it was fairly quick & easy.
i had searched a lot on google --- looking for tutorials, getting ideas.
i kept it very simple. i didn't even use my serger, but instead zig-zagged around the edges.
so, this can be done with just a regular sewing machine that has straight stitch and zig-zag.
i cut out 2 rectangles (13" x 17"). i finished the edges first with my zig-zag.
then i sewed around the 2 long edges and the bottom (but on one long edge, i kept a gap of about 1 1/2 - 2" for the casing.)
the picture above shows my "fabulous" sewing job --- i pressed and sewed the edge where the casing opening would be, and also pressed under the top edge's zig-zag and stitched for the casing.
it's really easy.
typically, i would line a project bag, but she requested no lining --- and frankly --- it doesn't really need a lining. it's just a drawstring bag to stuff a project into, or stuff anything into.
i will definitely have to do this again --- whether as a bag for myself in this size, or something smaller from a fat quarter.
oh! i also used a template to cut the fabric …
it looks like a mat for a photo, but i cut out my rectangle in this poster board. i was shopping at walmart for just white poster board, and they were out --- then i spotted this package of 3 sheets with a 1/2" grid lightly printed on it.