Instructions

Bag with casing

  1. Cut a 12- x 14-in. rectangle from cotton fabric.
  2. Press a ½-in. hem on one long side and both short sides of the fabric rectangle. With a ¼-in. seam allowance, stitch hem on all three sides. Miter corners if desired.
  3. Along long stitched side, fold  fabric over 1-3/4 in. with wrong sides facing and press in place. Topstitch on existing hemstitch to secure  fabric together. Then stitch 1 in. from the fold (or ½ in. from the topstitched hem) to form a ½-in.-wide casing along fabric length.
  4. Fold rectangle in half vertically, right sides facing and edges matching. Beginning at the bottom edge of the casing, topstitch on the existing hemstitches to close up the side, forming the base. Leave the casing edge open.

Round-base bag

  1. With a compass, draw a 4-in.-wide circle on fabric; cut out.
  2. With wrong sides still facing out on bag base, pin fabric circle wrong side out around bottom raw edge. Match circle edge to bag base edge, pinning in place about every inch. If needed, gather excess fabric at seam.
  3. With a ¼-in. seam allowance, straight stitch around circle bottom and bag base, joining edges. If desired, zigzag stitch around outer edge to finish.

Finishing:

  1. Cut a 20-in. length of cording.
  2. Thread cord through casing.
  3. Insert cord ends through cord stop; trim ends. Use matches to slightly burn ends to melt polyester and  prevent ravel. Knot ends.

Variation: For an easier straight-base bag, skip cutting the round base and finish this way: With wrong sides still facing out on bag base, pin bottom raw edges of fabric together. With a ¼-in. seam allowance, straight stitch along bottom of bag base, joining edges. If desired, zigzag stitch along outer edge to finish.

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