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    How to Sew
    a Bingo Bag

    karen posted Message 1562 in the CraftPals Sewing BB
    Dated : May 02, 1999 at 01:14:48
    Subject: Quickly written directions for bingo bags

    Cut 2 circles of fabric and 1 of heavy interfacing about the size of a dinner plate of a non stretch pant weight fabric. Duck, sailcloth, or Denim would work well. Measure around the circumference of the edge of the circle less 1/2". You're using 1/2" seams. Cut a rectangle the length of the circumference + 1" and the width of how deep you want the bag + 2" or so. [That's what you will turn down for the casing, so depends on the type of string/rope/yarn you are using. Shoelaces even work well.]

    Cut another rectangle the same length, but the height depends on the size of the daubers + 1".

    Turn down edge of small rectangle 1/4" twice, for shirt tail machine stitched hem. Match side and bottom edges of both rectangles. Divide and mark for vertical lines from bottom edge to hemline for dauber pockets, and stitch, backtacking well at top edge for stress.

    Sew side seam from bottom to 2" or so from top, using 1/2" seam allowance. Turn raw edges of 2" opening twice for shirt tail hem. This will give you a single drawstring closure, which will work.

    OPTIONAL STEP - for double drawstrings: On opposite side, make a 1" dart, BASTING 2" down from top before backtacking and tapering to nothing about 4 - 5" down. Open dart and hem 2" from top like the other side. Remove basting.

    Turn top edge down 1 1/4" to form casing. Turn edge under about 1/4" and stitch. You now have a finished tube to attach to the circle bottom.

    After basting the 3 layers of circles together 1/4" from the edge, pin tube - right sides together - to circle, easing any fullness. Stitch 1/2" from edge, then again 1/8" closer to the edge in the seam allowance for sturdiness. Zig zag edge.

    Thread ties through casing. When using double drawstrings, make sure you pull both ends of the SAME "string" through each "hole." Easiest finish for drawstrings is to tie an overhand knot, securing the two ends of the SAME string. Leave about 3" below knot hang, for a design feature, especially if using cording that unravels - looks like tassles.

    If this is not clear, let me know by posting here. :-))

    karen posted Message 1241 in the CraftPals Sewing BB
    Dated : October 28, 1998 at 01:45:12
    Subject: Re: Bingo Bags
    One way you might make them is:
    Draw or trace a circle the size you want your bag to be. You might use a dinner or snack plate, or even an 8 or 9 inch paper plate, plus the seam allowance you wish to use; either 1/2" or 1/4" seams.

    Cut a rectangle [#1] of fabric long enough to go around the circle PLUS chosen seam allowance. Decide on the depth of the rectangle [ie: 10"] plus 1" for casing.

    Cut another rectangle [#2] the same length, but shorten the depth to the size of the markers, plus seam allowance [for bottom], plus 1/2" for hem at top edge. *The total might be 6", with a finish depth of 5".

    Fold R#1 into quarters, marking with a pin at 1/4 and 3/4 for buttonholes. Sew 1/2" buttonholes 1 1/8" from top edge towards bottom. This should be centered in the finished casing on the outside of the bag.

    Fold top edge of R#2 down 1/4", then repeat and stitch. You've just made a shirt tail hem. Lay on top of R#1 right sides up with bottom edges even. Mark evenly [1" to 1.5", or wide enough to hold marker] and stitch from bottom edge to top of pocket.

    Sew short sides together. Turn inside out. With right sides together, pin tube to edge of circle and sew. Ease any fullness evenly.
    Turn top edge of R#1 down 1", then turn edge under 1/4" for casing. Sew along edge of each fold, affording a nice finished look to casing.
    Thread two strings or shoelaces through casing so that tips for each lace are on opposite sides, and knot ~ overhand will do nicely.
    Hope this helps not only you, Karenlee, but anyone else reading. If the directions are not as clear as I think they are, just post and I'll try to clarify them some more. :-))