Stuff Bags

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kiteguy
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Stuff Bags

Postby kiteguy » Wed, Apr 25 2007, 05:22 PM

I obtained a LOT of hot air balloon material. Actually an entire balloon that had been put out of commission because it was not airworthy enough to carry people. It was free, and I just had to drive over and pick it up. There is a lot of material there, hard to realize it when you see the small balloon float overhead.

The trouble is that the balloon was mostly one color, and the material is a bit stretchy, and not really good for making kites. So I mostly use it to make a lot of bags, and inflatable things. My version of stuff bags is to use two pieces of material of the same size. Sew along one side to make a rectangular piece. Then I hem the top edge enclosing a hefty draw string, and then sew up the other three sides. Quick and easy.

The problem with bags is that when you have a lot of blue or white bags it becomes hard to tell what is in them when stacked in the shed, or the back of the van. I wrote names of things in the bags ON the bags. That sort of worked, but I change inventory so often that the bags get new things in them that do not match the contents.

Tried labels, but it is a challenge to find the label when there are so many in the van or shed.

So, my current solution is to put a window in the bag. That way I can see inside the bag and get an idea of what is in there.

Here is an example of a bag with a round window. It is made from material that is often used to cover window air conditioners, or other outdoor equipment.
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I cut a circle of plastic material. Here I used some plastic used for temporary storm windows. I sewed a ribbon around the perimeter.

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Then I sewed a ribbon around the circumference. I then sewed the reinforced circle to the front side of the bag material. I sewed around it twice. Here is a photo from the back side.

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Using sharp scissors I remove the material from behind the window. Here is the result.

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The round windows are rather hard to do, for me, so I usually opt for a rectangular window. First I sew an edge binding around the perimeter of the window material.

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Then I put the window on the good side of the material and sew around the outside edge. Here is the view from the inside surface of the bag.

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Then I cut away the inside part behind the window, just as before.

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I then put the back side of the bag on the front, good sides together and hem one side with a straight stitch. This view is of the inside (wrong side) surfaces.

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I fold the top corners down about 1 ½ inches, and sew the tab down. I am getting ready to put in the drawstring tunnel.

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After both top corners are folded down and sewn I then proceed to form the tunnel. Notice that I put the draw string inside as I sew the tunnel. You can thread it through after the tunnel is sewn. I found that sewing it in like this is a bit easier, for me.

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When I get the tunnel formed I then close the other side of the bag, and the bottom. I put at least two rows of stitches on the bottom. That seems to be the place the bags fail if only sewn across once.

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Now the bag is ready to show off what is inside.

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I do not use the plastic cord locks. I just tie a slip knot in the line when the bag has been stuffed. It is easy to tie and untie. Plus I can save about 50 cents per bag doing it this way.

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Mike
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Re: Stuff Bags

Postby Mike » Wed, Apr 25 2007, 07:00 PM

Nice article, Kiteguy, thanks!
Good ideas and lots of details and photos. :up:

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Re: Stuff Bags

Postby Draftnik » Wed, Apr 25 2007, 08:21 PM

Nice tutorial! I'm liking that slip knot idea.
TTFN,
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