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The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.” Problem is, you can only sing that song if you have enough wood to keep the fire burning bright. That’s where our sturdy and stylin’ firewood tote comes in… literally. Use it to haul in a generous load of wood. We worked with a double layer of indoor/outdoor fabric, which is not only tough, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew. This would be a great gift for all the lumberjacks on your list.

Follow the classic stripe/solid pairing we selected or browse for your favorite combination to best match your own décor. Today’s indoor/outdoor fabrics come is a wonderful variety of patterns and colors, such as: chevrons, medallions, leaves, even fun nautical prints.

For more tips, take a look at our article on how to work with and care for outdoor fabrics.

The tote should finish at approximately 46″ long x 20″ wide.

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

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  • 1½ yards of 54″ wide outdoor fabric in a wide stripe for the outside of the carrier body: we originally used Premier Prints Indoor/Outdoor Stripes in Rojo
  • 1½ yards of 54″ wide outdoor fabric in a coordinating solid for the carrier handles and the inside of the carrier body: we originally used Richloom Solarium Outdoor Solar in Praline
    NOTE: Both amounts do allow some extra for fussy cutting
  • Heavy duty thread in colors to match fabrics: we used Coats Outdoor Living Thread in both brown and red
  • Three feet of 1″ wooden dowel, cut into two 18″ pieces
  • See-through ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Seam gauge
  • Seam ripper
  • Fabric pencil or marking pen
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pressing cloth, optional but recommended when working with outdoor fabric

Getting Started

  1. From the carrier body outside fabric (the Stripe in our sample), cut one piece approximately 21¼” wide x 37″ long.
    NOTE: We say ‘approximately’ because it’s most important to fussy cut to center the striped fabric so you end up with a full solid stripe on each outside edge. If possible, the ½” seam allowance should extend into the next stripe beyond each outside edge stripe, so when seamed, the edge stripes will be full width. This will totally depend on the unique width of the stripes on your fabric – or you may not have a stripe to fussy cut at all, which is where the ‘approximately’ comes in. There’s no hard and fast rule about the size of firewood carriers; a little bigger or a little smaller will be just fine.
  2. From the carrier body inside fabric (the Solid in our sample), cut one piece to exactly match the outside; 21¼” wide x 37″ long in our sample.
  3. Also from the solid fabric, cut FOUR 12″ x 9″ rectangles for the carrier handles.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

Create the handles

  1. Find the four 12″ x 9″ handle rectangles.
  2. On one, turn under one 12″ side ⅜” and press.
  3. Turn under an additional ⅝”, press again.
  4. Pin and topstitch ¼” from the outside folded edge. Your piece is now 12″ x 8″.
  5. Turn under the opposite 12″ side ⅜” and press.
  6. Turn under an additional ⅝”, press again, but do NOT topstitch. Your piece is now 12″ x 7″.
  7. Fold the 12″ x 7″ piece in half so it is now 6″ x 7″.
  8. Topstitch the previously un-topstitched edges together, through all the layers, ¼” in from the folded edges.
  9. Insert the dowel until the end hits the seam line you just stitched and dowel rests against the fold. Measure the dowel to determine the width of the channel you will need to hold the dowel. Ours measured 1⅝”. Remove the dowel and draw a line at this measurement.
    NOTE: You are drawing on the right side of the fabric so make sure you are using a fabric pen or pencil that will wipe away or vanish with exposure to the air or the heat of an iron.
  10. Stitch along the drawn line to create the dowel channel.
  11. Finally, stitch the open side of the pocket closed, running your seam from the open bottom end up to the bottom of the dowel channel. Do not stitch the dowel channel closed.
  12. Repeat to create the remaining three handle pockets.
  13. Slip a handle pocket on each end of each dowel to create two finished handles. Set aside.

Create the body

  1. Re-thread your sewing machine with thread to match your exterior in the top and thread to match your interior fabric in the bobbin. In our sample, that meant red thread in the top and brown thread in the bobbin.
  2. Place the 21¼” x 37″ interior and exterior body pieces right sides together, matching the raw edges on all four sides. Pin in place along both 37″ sides.
  3. Using a ½” seam allowance, stitch both 37″ sides.
  4. Turn right side out through the open ends and press well.
    NOTE: Remember, as mentioned above, consider using a pressing cloth when working with indoor/outdoor fabric.
  5. Fold in the raw edges of both ends ½” all the way around. Press and lightly pin in place.
  6. Topstitch ¼” from the edge along both long sides (the now 36″ sides).

Attach the handles to the body

  1. Slip a handle unit into each open end of the body of the carrier. The raw edges of the handle unit should extend down below the folded ends of the carrier approximately 1″.
  2. Pin in place.
  3. Topstitch the handle units in place through all the layers. This also closes the open ends of the main body of the panel.
    NOTE: You are stitching through multiple thick layers; considered lengthening your stitch slightly and, of course, go slowly and carefully to keep a nice, straight seam.
  4. Topstitch again directly on top of your first line of stitching for extra reinforcement of the handles.
  5. Press well.
  6. If you feel your main panel fabrics are slipping against one another, you can add a few, widely-spaced lines of stitching across the width of the panel. Keep your machine threaded with thread to best match the exterior in the top and the interior in the bobbin. As above, keep a slightly lengthen the stitch, and stitch slowly and carefully, holding the fabric to prevent shifting.


Project Concept: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Natalie Lawrie

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5 years ago

I have never seen this type

I have never seen this type of firewood carrier. It is beautiful and handy to use it indoor plus outdoor. .

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