My kids are into sidewalk chalk. Once our driveway and rock wall are plastered, we go over to the neighbour’s to do the same. We needed a way to cart over our art supplies, both because of the amount of them and so that the 2 sets are ALWAYS kept separate. I had planned on turning my old pair of jeans into a large carry-all basket for all my gardening tools but I made 2 smaller ones for the chalk.
I found a 6 inch square book in the kids’ bookshelf and traced 5 squares for each basket. I zipped the 4 sides together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving roughly 3/4 inch at the top and bottom of each panel unsewn so I could attach the bottom at one end and fold over the other for a hem and handle. I measured this 3/4 inch leeway with an “invisible line”: find a feature on the sewing machine at that approximate length and always line up the fabric with it. The brown line you see on the square shows you what I mean about leaving some space.
I sewed 2 strips of the jeans together and turned it right side out to make a handle. I folded down the top of the basket, cutting a slit on 2 opposing sides to slide the handle through. I used a fancy pantsy zig zag stitch on my machine to sew it all together, adding a second row over the handle.