This was resolved by my friend B asking me to make storage bags for her folding outdoor chairs. She wanted drawstring tops and a strap to carry them.
She came over and we picked something suitable from the fabric I was planning to donate, then found co-ordinating drawstrings and webbing.
I then made the bags to fit the chairs comfortably with matching thread and lots of double stritching so the handle and bag bottom was secure.
It was quite a refreshing way to sew as I did not use or make a pattern, just measured by laying a chair on the fabric and cutting it long and wide enough to go round it. I then measured the cording and webbing against the size of the pieces cut.
Construction was as follows:-
- overlock all the way round the piece of fabric.
- sew up the long side seam, leaving a small gap in the stitching for the drawstring.
- finger press side seam open, fold over the drawstring casing and stitch.
- thread cord through casing and knot.
- finish ends of webbing. stitch webbing at top of bag (below casing), fold over and stitch again.
- stitch bottom of webbing strap to the bottom of the bag
- turn inside out and sew up the bottom seam, encasing the end of the webbing
For this project I used just over a metre of wide poly woven fabric which seemed strong and not prone to mustiness when damp. Let's hope they see many years of service!