Make bingo night more organized by sewing a handy tote bag to keep daubers, tape and other bingo supplies in one place. Daubers fit perfectly in the pockets around the outside, and everything else goes in the drawstring bag in the middle. The bag can be all one fabric or sew the pockets out of a different print to add a touch of personality.
Things You'll Need
- 1 yard fabric
- 1 6-inch square heavy-weight fusible stabilizer
- 1 yard braided cord
- Sewing machine
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Acrylic ruler
- Tailor’s chalk or disappearing ink pen
Cut two 6-inch squares from the fabric using the cutting mat and rotary cutter. Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of one of the fabric squares with the iron. Remove the paper backing from the stabilizer and fuse to the wrong side of the second fabric square.
Mark a 5 1/2-inch circle in the center of the fabric and cut around the circle. This will be the bottom of the bag.
Cut a 12 inch x 25-inch rectangle of fabric. Fold in half with the wrong sides together to form a 6 inch by 25-inch rectangle and press with the iron. This strip will form the pockets around the bag.
Mark a straight line 4 1/2 inches from each short end of the rectangle using the tailor’s chalk. Mark additional lines at 4-inch intervals. These lines will be where the pockets are sewn to the bag.
Cut a 13 inch by 16-inch piece of fabric for the body of the bag. Mark two vertical lines 3 inches from the edge of the short side on the right side of the fabric. Mark additional lines 2 1/2 inches across the fabric from the bottom edge of the fabric upward. Make sure the lines are at least 6 inches high.
Lay the pocket rectangle on the bag piece folded side at the top. Line up the marks along the bottom edge and pin in place. Line up the marks at the top of the pockets with those on the bag and pin in place.
Stitch the pockets to the bag along the lines. Create tucks in the pockets along the bottom edge of the bag and pin in place. Stitch in place using a 1/4-inch seam.
Turn the fabric right sides together, with the pockets inside, and line up the sides of the bag. Sew with a 1/2-inch seam.
Pin the bottom of the bag in place and sew with a 1/2-inch seam.
At the top of the bag, fold fabric down a 1/2 inch toward the wrong side and press with the iron. Fold toward the wrong side again 1 inch down, tucking the first fold inside. Stitch along the bottom edge of the fold, leaving a gap for the drawstring.
Turn the bag right side out and thread the drawstring through the casing.