A Simple Sewing Project Tutorial: From Burlap Coffee Sack to Multi Use Tote
From Burlap Coffee Sack to Multi Use Tote
You will need:
- A standard size burlap coffee sack (used is perfect because they stay very clean)
- Cotton webbing for the straps, about 2 yards total
- Sewing Machine
How to make it:
- Cut your sack in half, length wise
- Set top half aside for future project :: be looking out :) ::
- Fold raw edge in 1 inch and pin
- Turn bag inside out & sew hem using a zig zag stitch; sew along the inside raw edge
- Trim frayed ends
- With the bag inside out, pin both corners flat
- Mark straight line where the corner width is 9 inches
- Sew along line, using zig zag stitch, for both corners
- Trim seam allowance in each corner to 1 - 1/2 inch
- Sew again using zig zag stitch, right along the raw edge
- Now the straps; cut cotton webbing strip in half and trim & straighten ends, if needed
- Sew across the raw edge of each webbing strip, in order to prevent fraying
- Pin straps about 9 inches from the side seam of the bag
- Sew each strap to bag, making a box shape with an X inside
- And there you have it! Go shopping, hit the beach, take a vacay, you deserve it :)
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Hand Sewing Needles Primer
Beading Needles are used for, of course, beading.
Made from the finest steel wire, these needles are very fine, with a narrow eye to enable them to fit through the center of beads and sequins. Another feature is their long shaft, enabling you to thread and hold several beads at a time.
Very fine, long needle with a small round eye for beadwork, sewing sequins, pearls, etc.
These are similar to tapestry needles but with large, long eyes and a very sharp point to penetrate closely woven and coarse fabrics. Useful for ribbon embroidery.
Large-eye needle with sharp point and long eye for mending.
Not designed for hand sewing at all, these needles are made long and thin and are used for soft sculpturing on dolls, particularly facial details.
Long needle with long eye for doll-making, soft sculpture, upholstery and other crafts.
Perfect for those who find it difficult to thread regular needles, these standard sewing needles have a cut made in the top of the eye to allow thread to pass through it from above.
Also called calyxeyed sharps, side threading, and spiral eye needles.
Larger eye than standard Sharps, making them more suitable for threading stranded cotton. Otherwise, their length, diameter and point profile is similar to that of a Sharp.
Identical to sharps but have a longer eye to enable easier threading of multiple embroidery threads and thicker yarns.
Known by their characteristic triangulated cutting points, which enable them to pass through materials without causing unnecessary abrasion. Not only ideal for leather work, they are also handy to use with suede, vinyl, fur and soft plastics.
Also known as glovers and as wedge needles, these have a triangular point designed to pierce leather without tearing it.
Traditionally used in Millinery (Hat making) trade, they are now more commonly used for pleating, gathering, basting, fancy decorative stitching and beadwork. They are a longer version of the Sharps.
Longer than sharps, useful for basting and pleating.
As their name suggests, designed with quilters in mind. The short length allows for quick stitches.
These needles are shorter than sharps, with a small rounded eye and are used for making fine stitches on heavy fabrics such as in tailoring, quilt making and other detailed handwork; note that some manufacturers also distinguish between quilting needles and quilting between needles, the latter being slightly shorter and narrower than the former.
Short needle with round eye for quilting and detailed handwork.
Similar to leather needles, but the triangular point extends further up the shaft; designed for sewing thick canvas or heavy leather.
If you buy only one type of needle, these are the ones to get. More specifically, I recommend a size 9, which will fit most of your sewing needs.
These are general purpose sewing needles used by dressmakers around the world.
Used for general hand sewing; built with a sharp point, a round eye, and of medium length.
A size 9 Sharp is your basic, go to sewing needle.
Known for their large eyes, these needles allow thick tapestry wool or six-stranded cotton to easily slide through. The blunt point passes through canvas without tearing or splitting fibers.
Their blunt point and large eye is ideal for use with thick threads and fabrics.
Long and sharp with elongated eyes, as their name suggests, these needles are used for darning or mending work. Sizes 14 to 18 are commonly known as Yarn of Wool Darners; yarn darners are the heaviest sub-variety.
Sometimes called finishing needles, these are designed with a blunt tip and large eye making them similar to tapestry needles but longer.