Cutting Your Pattern
You only need basic sewing skills to make these log bags for wood stoves and fireplaces. So long as you can read a tape measure and make straight stitches with your sewing machine, you can make these bags. These instructions make one bag, but after you see how easy and useful they are, you may find yourself making a few of them.
Spread a 36" piece of fabric out flat, unfolding it if you're using traditional bolt-style stock. Measure and cut a length of fabric 30" long. Take the remaining 6" and cut it in half to make two long strips. Trim your large piece to measure 30" long and 20" wide. You should now have 3 pieces of fabric or tarp, one piece 30 x 20 inches, and two strips 3" wide, the full length of your original fabric.
Place the 30" piece of fabric flat, with the wrong side facing you. This is your base. Fold in the edges ½" all the way around to form a hem. Pin in place, then iron flat to making stitching easier. (If using tarp material, place a piece of cloth between the iron and the tarp to prevent melting.) Stitch a straight line down each hem, roughly ¼" in from the outer edge.
Trim your strips to under 30" long. Repeat the same steps above for each of your strips to hem the sides all the way around. You should now have 3 pieces of fabric neatly hemmed and ready for assembly.