Step 1


Cut the Fabric

For the handles, cut four 8” x 7” rectangular pieces from each of the outdoor fabrics (one patterned, one not) so you’ll have eight pieces total. Cut two pieces of the patterned fabric at 22” x 9” and one piece of the non-patterned fabric at 21” x 22”. Cut one piece of the duck-cloth lining at 37” x 22”.

Step 2


Make the Handles

Pin one of the 8” x 7” pieces of the patterned fabric to one of the 8” x 7” pieces of the non-patterned fabric. Face them pretty to pretty and sew along the two 7-inch sides. Flip it inside out and press with a hot iron. Fold it in half, patterned-side out to make a 3-1/2 x 8” piece and press again. This double fold will make the handles much sturdier. Repeat with the three other handles.

Step 3


Assemble Lugger

Pin the two 22” x 9” pieces of the outside patterned fabric to each of the 22-inch sides of the non-patterned fabric, pretty to pretty. Stitch 1/2” in from the edge for both pieces. Now your whole outside piece should be the same size as your lining. Pin two handles to each top edge, two inches from the edge of the fabric. Match the raw edges of the handles to the raw edge of the fabric. Pin the lining to the outside piece, pretty to pretty, and sew around the entire case, leaving a 5-inch hole or opening on one side, not a corner.

Step 4


Flip It Back Around

Clip all of the corners diagonally and then turn the entire thing pretty-side out. Iron all of the seams and folds to make it neat. Stitch 1/4” from the edge on the long sides (the ones without the handles). This will close up the hole and give a nice professional finishing touch.

Step 5


Add Handles

Feed the wooden dowels through the handles and now you have a great way to lug logs, or anything else bulky and heavy. To see more projects by Ariel, check out Custom Catastrophes.