For the first time in several years, we are using our fireplace for its intended purpose. I recently took out the pretty little candle display and turned it into a real wood-burning fireplace. We mostly did this to prepare for a possible power outage (that we thankfully did not get) with this week’s blizzard. But we were also ready to once again enjoy the warmth and atmosphere of a crackling wood fire. We have enjoyed it so much that I have considered moving my sewing machine into the living room. But that’s not quite so easy as grabbing the MacBook and plopping down in the rocker.
It has been so long since we burned real firewood, that I don’t have all the necessary arrangements for storing and carrying such elements. I quickly realized I would be vacuuming every single day if I didn’t do something about it. Bill asked me if I could whip out a carrier for the wood out of some black duck cloth and using an old car seat strap for the handle. While I was proud of his resourcefulness (he can do some serious business with a sewing machine), I did not feel inclined to sew anything with black canvas and seatbelts. So I set out on my journey to find a tutorial online for making a firewood carrier.
I found a great little tutorial from Noel Home, but read in the comments that it needed to contain something to catch the crumbs. I thought the dowel rods were a great idea, and if I had some on hand, I probably would have opted for that approach. But since I didn’t, I designed one with just some simple handles and a crumb catcher. I happened to have just purchased some adorable fabric with no project in mind, so I paired it with some burlap I have waiting to be fashioned into a valance for my kitchen.
I’m still trying to figure out the best way to share a tutorial/pattern on my blog without having to turn it into a pdf, and to make it as quick and painless as possible. I’ve opted for a “gallery” for this one, and the “captions” are the instructions. The pictures are only small generated thumbnails, and if you click them, you will get the whole image.
So here it is…the tutorial.
Global Warming Wood Carrier
- 1 1/3 yards Burlap or indoor/outdoor fabric
- 1/2 yard coordinating fabric
- 2 40″ x 22.5″ pieces of main fabric
- 2 4″ x 22.5″ pieces of coordinating fabric
- 2 15″ x 2.5″ strips of each fabric, cut with the grain
- 2 crumb catcher pieces of each fabric (download printable crumb catcher template here)
Notions and Tools I Use
Coordinating Thread, Scissors, Rotary Cutter and Mat, Transparent Ruler, Iron and Ironing Board, Seam-ripper, Straight Pins, Tape Measure, Fabric marking pen
This tutorial assumes a 1/2″ seam allowance, unless otherwise specified. All seams should be back-stitched at beginning and end, and corners and curves should be cut. While the carrier would look best top-stitched around the crumb catcher as well, I opted to leave this step out of my project, and therefore did not include it in these instructions.