Try out this simple-to-sew project that will create a sturdy log carrier for your firewood. If you have two ready to bring in the firewood, so you can balance the load with one in each hand and get the job done in half the time. This carrier also makes a great housewarming gift for someone who purchases a home with a fireplace or woodstove.
The amount of fabric will be the width of the carrier. A half-yard is ample for most woodstove firewood, but use 2/3 yard for firewood longer than 18 inches.
Equipment / Tools
- Fabric marker
- Sewing machine
- 1 to 2/3 yard 54- to 60-inch-wide canvas
- 3 yard 1 1/2-inch-wide webbing
- 1 foot 1/4- to 1/2-inch rope
Cut the Fabric
Square the canvas fabric and cut on the fold for two equal pieces of fabric. Mark the width of fabric edges on the very edge so that you recognize the edge as the width of the fabric edge. Remove the selvage.
Finish the Edges
Turn under 1/4-inch on the width of the fabric edges, and then turn under again to enclose the raw edges. Use needle position or guides on the presser foot to sew the hem down, sewing as close to the free edge as possible.
Repeat for the remaining ends, which will be the top and bottom in the remaining directions. Trim the corners before you sew the hem down to prevent bulk.
Place the Strap
Carefully use a flame to melt the ends of the webbing to prevent it from unraveling. Fold the length of webbing in half and mark the fold. Lay the fabric out flat, so the width of the fabric is on the sides. Mark 4 inches in from the sides. Gently fold the fabric in half, matching the top and bottom, to find the center.
Starting at the center, lay the strapping down and run it towards the mark at the top edge, down the other top marking to the centerfold on the fabric. Place the fold of the webbing on the fold of the fabric and pin in place. Repeat to bring the end of the webbing to the starting point.
Align the outside edge of the webbing with the 4-inch markings, keeping it even the entire distance from end hem to end hem.
Sew the Straps in Place
Sew the webbing in place by sewing along the edges of the webbing to the top/bottom hem and pivoting to sew across the top/bottom of the straps, sewing all edges of the strap to hold it firmly to the fabric. Repeat for the second side of the strap. Zigzag stitch over the butted ends of the webbing.
Sew the Strap Handles
Fold the bag, so the attached straps are on top of each other to find the center of the strap handle area. Mark the center, then mark 4 inches to both sides from each center mark.
Lay a 6-inch piece of rope on the center of the strap/handle on the inside of the strap. Fold the handle strap area in half with the inside side of the webbing folded over itself to enclose the rope in the webbing. Sew along the edge of the straps to sew the two layers of the strap together for the 8-inch span. Sew across the ends of the folded area to make sure the rope stays enclosed.