Ah, a nice warm fire in the fireplace. It’s so comforting to sit by the warm of the fire and relax, isn’t it? Of course, you’ve got to go through a few steps before you can enjoy that fire. You have to chop wood or have it delivered. You have to stack it, and as you need it, bring it in the house. Now there’s where you run into the real hassle! Having to carry those logs in bent arms, up against your chest, then try to squat down to drop the logs. You’re exhausted by the time you’ve brought in a bundle or two!
Make life much easier on yourself by sewing an easy tote that helps you carry the logs and keeps you from getting bark all over your clothes. The handy tote is really simple to make even if you’re just now learning to sew. If you can sew a straight stitch you can quickly make the carrier for the logs.
Cut a piece of fabric to be 42″x16″. The fabric you choose should be heavy, like denim, corduroy, or better yet, canvas. Fold the fabric over a half-inch, then once again, then hem it. Hem just the two long sides. Now fold the fabric in half so that the fold is facing you. The fold itself should be across the width of the material.
On the sides facing away from you cut a 5″ semi-circle on each one. Position the half-circle so that it is directly in the center of the material. Now, fold the raw edges over a half-inch and stitch. Make sure you don’t stitch crooked; if the hem goes below a half-inch the rod that holds the tote will not fit into the rod pockets. After stitching across the ends slide a 20″ section of half-inch dowel rod into each pocket.
To load the tote with wood simply open it up flat. load several logs onto the canvas or fabric and gather the handles. The semi-circle you cut gives you an opening on each side for sliding your hand through. Carry the logs into the house and easily set the tote on the floor. Take the logs off the carrier and place them next to the fireplace or in a wood box.
The handy tote is so easy to make even if you’re a beginner. It’s so helpful when it comes to carrying the logs in the house and you’ll no longer have to worry about all that bark and debris all over your clothes!