How to sew a sack? 0
How to sew a sack?

Today's tutorial is universal and highly pragmatical. There is no single thing in house or else that you couldn't keep in a sack ;) Well, maybe except for a car. Or a fridge. However, you can still keep things that are inside a car (like handy vacuum cleaner, glasses) or a fridge (bread, vegetables), bathroom (clothes for washing, makeup brushes, cotton balls), kids room (gym suit, shoes for school, loads of blocks) or even bedroom (erotic gadgets ;))) - in a sack. 

This is very practical and also: it can be very aesthetic with lovely fabrics from House of Cotton :)

So, let's get to work! I present a sewing tutorial for sacks ment for school, but you just need to change size for them to be perfect and unique Christmas gitfs wraps or to keep anything you want to keep in a sack.

SACK ver.1.0

What you need:

- a piece of fabric size a. or b.:

a. length equal to planned height of the sack + 5 cm for folding and tunnel (i.e. if I want a sack 35 cm high, I need a piece 35+5 cm= 40 cm long) and width equal to double width of the sack (ie. if I want the sack to be 30 cm wide, I need a piece 2x30= 60 cm wide)

b. width equal to width of the planned sack (i.e. 30 cm in my case) and length equal to double height of the sack + 5 cm for folding and tunnel (i.e. if I want a sack 35 heigh, I need a piece 2x(35+5)= 80 cm long)

stringribbon or spaghetti to close the sack

For my daughter I picked magnolias on mint cotton fabric and mint stripes spaghetti - lovely match, moreover it turned out that it goes well with her pink jacket :)

1. Finish side edges with an overlock or zigzag stich:

2. Fold rights sides together and sew leaving the hole for the string. The hole should be enough far from the top edge to make a tunnel for the string. I have 1 cm hole 5 cm from the top edge, just like you can see here:

3. Press the seams and then sew the seam allowance in order for the string not to make a mess here :)

4. Cut off the seam allowance on the corners and overlock/zigzag the bottom edge of the sack: it can be made with both layers together.

5. Still keeping the sack inside out put the string into the hole, so that the ends come out on the right side and all the rest lies on the wrong side where the tunnel will be. Just like that:


6. Fold the top edge by 1 cm...

... and fold again, in order for the top edge to land below the string: we will be stiching the string right in the tunnel. That's right! No laborious dragging of the string troughout the tunnel, not with me :D

7. Topstich the whole tunnel like this:

8. The sack is almost ready, you just need to finish the ends of the string. When using spaghetti it's enough to tie a knot at its ends:

And now you have your own practical and unique sack!

What will you put into it? Please write me below in a comment!

SACK ver. 2.0 - waterproof

In case of boots sack or sack for anything, that can get wet, I strongly advise to go for ver. 2.0, i.e. with laminated cotton, which is waterproof. And now we have plenty new designs of laminated cottons!

All you need to do is put a piece of laminated cotton like you see in the picture below. The ordinary cotton fabric parts are 2/3 of the height of the sack, while the laminated fabric is twice 1/3 of the height, sewn together that way:

Everything else you do exactly like in ver. 1.

And now you have such lovely and practical sack, all made by yourself. Isn't that nice? :)

I guarantee you will not stop after only two sacks! :D

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