This got me to thinking... perhaps you would like to see how easy they are to make and then perhaps you'll find time in your schedule to make one and donate it. They are super easy... so here goes...
1. Pick out some nice strong fabric (heavier weight is better as each bag will need to hold 2 x 500ml bottles). Off cuts of curtain fabric is perfect... or just use whatever you have in your stash. You will also need a lining fabric, calico, lawn or similar...I use old sheeting.
2. Cut 2 pieces, 12inch x 17inch, in outer fabric and 2 lining pieces the same size.
3. Cut 1 small rectangle 3in x 5in
4. Cut a long strap 2 1/2 in wide by 56 in long. You may need to join lengths but I just purchased a cording or strapping from my LQS.
Here we go...
Cut out fabric.
If you are using plain fabric and want to applique a cute design on the front to jazz it up... NOW is the time to add that.Placing right sides together of outer fabric stitch a 1/4 in seam along side seams and bottom.
Lay flat because we're now ready to shape the base.
To form the base, pinch together the bottom corners- align the side seam on top of the bottom seam. Mark down 1 1/2in from corner point and sew across at right angles to the other seam... like this...
Make the lining the same way BUT leave an opening along one side seam to turn bag thru later. LEAVE it inside out. Set aside.
It must be time for a coffee right about now...
Back again... and we're almost finished. Hard to believe eh?
Take the 3in x 5in rectangle (tab) and fold in half.
Stitch with a scant 1/4 inch seam as well.
Make sure to finish off the loose end.
Turn the bag the right way out, thru the hole in the lining, then stitch close the lining opening.
But that's up to you!
To make a fabric strap, fold in 1/2 down the length of the strip and tuck in the 1/4 inch seam allowance. Pin and sew... remembering to also tuck in a raw edge on loose end.
I hope you found this "How To" useful... and perhaps you'll make a bag to donate?
Thanks for visiting...