I recently made a project bag out of an old MASH shirt. I succeed only in discovering that I could use a couple more!
Again, I bought nothing: all from stash.
First I started with a large piece of fabric that I painted...YEARS ago. It just didn't work. My scale is off. Something. But since I put so much time into it, I didn't want to throw it away. Finally, I've found a use for it.
Here's the original with a yard stick for scale:
Unnecessary but cute pics of Lily...helping...
Two finished bags!
Large one (for large projects, of course!):
The back (note sneaky helper is back):
The biggest challenge for these was cutting the bamboo. For the MASH bag, I had some the correct length. I've cut bamboo with a hand saw before, and it's torture! As I was sewing one of the bags, I heard the glorious sound of a miter saw in the distance. I grabbed my length of bamboo and ran down the road in flip flops and PJs! I met a very nice man who cut it for me!
Now I have to start some projects to go in my bags!!!
***As requested, here's a tutorial!***
I don't have all dimensions listed, because it just depends on you: your fabric and what size you'd like the finished bag to be (or what size your shirt is, if you make one like my MASH bag). I made all of mine with the 3" cut in the corners. That makes the sides and the bottoms almost 6" wide. The bags are actually squared off, but it's difficult to tell in the photo due to the type of material and handles. If you have any questions, just reply and I'll do my best to answer!
There's a "?" next to pockets, because that depends on how many you want! I often have large pockets with small one sewn to them. You can never have to many! If you're using a shirt, sleeves make great pockets, and because of the cuff, the top is already sewn!
Good luck! If anyone makes one, I would LOVE to see it! I've never "invented" a pattern that anyone's copied! I know they'll all be very different, and you will all "invent" additions. I'd love to see what you come up with!