6. ADD BOX CORNERS. 9. STITCH ON THE STRAPS.
Adding “box corners” gives the bag dimension, by Measure and mark your strap placement on the
adding a seam perpendicular to both the side seam front of your bag, 3" in from each side seam. Pin
and the bottom fold. With the bag inside out, align each end of 1 strap to these marks, overlapping the
one side seam with the mark made on the bottom inside edge of the bag ½". Repeat for the second
fold, creating a point at the corner. Measure 2" from strap on the back of the bag, taking care not to
the corner, mark a line perpendicular to the side twist the straps.
seam, and pin in place. Sew on this line, creating a Topstitch the top edge of the bag, stitching
triangle (Figure F, previous page). Trim the triangle through each strap end to secure it (Figure I). For
off after stitching. Repeat for the second corner. extra reinforcement, stitch across the strap ends
a second time. You’re done!
7. TOPSTITCH THE RIBBON.
Turn the bag right side out. Place your ribbon along Rain Bucket Hat
the edge of the opening’s hem, covering the stitch Finished size: approximately 7"× 12"× 23" circum-line, and pin. Topstitch 1 edge of the ribbon all the way ference (women’s M/L)
around the bag (Figure G). Repeat for the other edge.
8. CREATE STRAPS.
Cut 2 straps, measuring 2"× 13" each, from the
remaining scraps. Fold 1 strap in thirds, lengthwise.
Pin and topstitch the length of the strap
each edge (Figure H). Repeat for the second strap.
Back in the day of beauty parlor hairdos, ladies
would keep plastic rain hats (or worse, a plastic
bag!) in their pocketbooks should they encounter
an unexpected downpour. Now you can keep your
’do dry and stylish with plastic bags — fused and
stitched into this sassy Rain Bucket Hat!