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Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Prison Ministry

To encourage all women to bring Christ to the hearts of those who are in prison and share God's love with all of them.


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Type of Fabric About 3/4 yard of heavier fabric like home decorating or upholster fabric. If lighter fabric, make 2 and use one as a lining.
Size of Fabric Cut one piece 20" by 40" for the bag.
Strap Cut one 4" by 36" piece for the strap.

These bags will be used by women being released from prison to carry supplies home.

Totebag Directions

  1. Put 2 20 X 40 pieces of fabric back to back wrong side up and stitch edges through all thicknesses on right and left sides to make a 20 X 20 inch bag.

  2. Flare out the bottom corners forming a triangle shape and sew across all thicknesses. This squares off the bottom of the bag.

  3. Fold down top edge 1 to 1 1/2 inches and stitch down the edge around the bag. You may want to finish the raw edge with serger or zig zag before securing.

  4. For straps fold strip in half, wrong side out, and sew on the 32 inch side. Turn inside out. Repeat with other strap. Turn in raw ends at ends of straps before fastening to bag. Fasten one strap on each side of bag. Fasten straps 5 inches in from edge of each end.