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- 1 yard 45-inch-wide durable fabric such as canvas or denim. Preshrink the fabric so it doesn't shrink the first time you need to wash the bag.
- 1 package pre-made "Wright's Maxi Piping." This piping helps the bag stand on its own which makes it easier to pack and unpack.
- Optional: 4 feet of 1-inch-wide webbing (or sew handles as provided in the instructions).
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Cutting and Marking
- Cut 1 (37x14-inch) piece
- Cut 2 (15x8-inch) pieces
- Cut 2 (24x4-inch) pieces for the straps or 2 (24-inch) pieces of 1-inch-wide webbing
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- Mark the centers of the 14-inch edges on the body of the bag.
- Mark the centers of the 8-inch edges of the side pieces.
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Sew the Sides of the Bag
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- Sew the piping to the 37-inch edges of the body of the bag. (More on sewing piping.)
- Place the right sides together, matching the center markings of the body of the bag and the sides of the bag.
- Pin the body of the bag to the sides of the bag, clipping the body of the bag at the corner of the side of the bag.
- Sew the body of the bag to the sides of the bag, using the piping stitching as a seam guide.
- Apply a seam finish to enclose the raw edges.
- Press the seams.
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Finish the Top Edge of the Bag
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- Press under 1/2 inch on the top edge.
- Measure and press under 1 inch to enclose the pressed-under edge.
- Stitch the hem in place by sewing as close to the turned-under edge as possible.
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Make Your Own Straps
- Press the straps in half lengthwise.
- Bring the raw edges in to meet the center fold line.
- Press so that the raw edges are enclosed.
- Sew the folded edges and 1/4 inch in from the folded edge.
- Sew a seam finish on the ends of the straps to enclose the raw edge.
Note: If you're using webbing for handles, consider making a comfortable handle as described in the simple log carrier instructionsContinue to 6 of 6 below.
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Attach the Straps
- Measure in 3 inches from the side seam on the body of the bag.
- Pin the strap in place, aligning the seam-finished edge of the strap with the bottom of the hem and the unsewn edge of the strap with the 3-inch marking.
- Sew a square with an X through it to securely hold the strap in place.