- Sewing Machine
- Seam Ripper
- Stiff wire (a coat hangar will do)
- Tape Measure
- Straight pins
- Cigarette Lighter
- 1 Yard of Heavy Cloth like Denim or Canvas
- 1 Yard of Nylon or Cotton Web Belt
- Polyester Thread
- Heavy Shoelace or Small Rope for the Drawstring (I found 50 feet at the dollar store)
- Adhesive tape.
Step 1: Measure Your Table
Begin by measuring your table.
Roll the tabletop into a bundle with the spreaders and legs inside.
Measure the length and write it down. Measure the circumference around the bundle and write that down too.
Step 2: Cut the Cloth
Cut the cloth to these dimensions.
Step 3: Prepare to Sew
We are going to make the bag from the inside, then turn it right side out. Remember this through out this entire Instructable!When I say "inside" that is the part of the bag that will be on the inside when its finished! When I say "right side" that is the part of the bag that will be on the outside when its finished!
Begin by identifying the right side of the cloth. Fold the cloth in half lengthwise so the two halves of the right side are facing each other. This will leave you with a rectangle that has one long folded edge; one long cut edge; and two short cut edges.
About ¼" from one of the short edges, pin the edge together. You can sew it if you wish, but I recommend pinning the first two sides before you begin to sew.
About (and none of this is very critical) 6" from the pinned short side, lay the end of the carry strap inside the bag with a small amount of the strap protruding from the two cut edges. Place pins along this side about ¼" from the edge making sure to pierce the strap to hold it in place. Continuing up the long edge, place more pins until you're about 8" from the last edge. This will be the other anchor point for the carry strap. Make sure its laying flat inside the bag and isn't twisted. Continue pinning up the side of the bag. Stop 2" from the end.
From here, you can sew the bottom and the side, but be sure to stop at least 2" from the top. You'll need that 2" to create the channel that will contain the drawstring. It would also be a good idea to back up and take a second pass over the anchor points for the strap. This will reinforce the strap.
Step 4: Check Your Work!
If you paid attention (or just got lucky) and it turned out the way you want it, turn it inside-out again and proceed to the next step.
Step 5: Create the Drawstring Channel
Notice in the third image I accidentally sewed the beginning of the drawstring tube to the end. Good thing I caught it when I did. If this happens, break out your trusty seam ripper and undo the damage. Then you can finish making the tube.
Step 7: Reinforce the Opening
Step 8: Install the Drawstring
Attach the drawstring to the piece of stiff wire with tape. Feed it through the channel in the top of the bag. Put the table into the bag and draw the string tight and tie it with a standard shoelace knot. Only after tying the knot, cut the drawstring to a length you choose and melt the ends with a cigarette lighter.