Make Dad a Firewood Tote

Treat dad to a handmade tote that makes getting the fire stocked a breeze.
DIY Firewood Tote

DIY Firewood Tote

Hauling wood to the fire is no longer a chore when you have a tote that makes it easy.

Hauling wood to the fire is no longer a chore when you have a tote that makes it easy.

If you are like us, there is nothing better than sitting around a fire in the garden during the evening. Fires help to set the mood, keep bugs at bay and transform the garden into an outdoor living space. Whether you are roasting weenies, making s'mores or just sitting back mesmerized by the flames, many memories are made around these fires.

At least several times per night, my husband is found gathering armfuls of wood from the wood pile to refuel the flames. This year for Father's Day, we thought that it would be a great idea to make his job easier and make him a tote for the firewood.

This garden-inspired tote was a fun project that took only a couple of hours to complete. Duck cloth was used for its durability and strength. Handles were crafted from birch branches in the yard. I had no idea that this firewood tote would cause such a commotion as to whose turn it was to go and get the wood! Here is the supply list to get you started on a tote of your own.

Supply List:

  • 1 1/4 yards of duck cloth
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Two 20-inch lengths of matching branch
  • Marking pen
  • Yard stick/measuring tape

Now take a peek at the gallery below for the full step-by-step tutorial:

Firewood Tote How-To

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DIY Firewood Tote

Create your very own firewood tote—perfect for backyard fire pits and entertaining.

Gather Your Supplies

For this project, you will need: 1 1/4 yards of duck cloth / two 20 inch long sticks (approximately 1 inch in diameter) / scissors / sewing pins / sewing machine / thread / yardstick / marking pen.

Cut the Fabric

Fold the fabric in half (longest direction) and cut it to 23 inches wide.

Cut the Branches

Cut two matching branches to 20 inches in length.

Create the Handle

Fold the top of the fabric down approximately 3 inches—enough to accommodate the branch.

Trace First

With the ruler, find the center of the folded down top and draw a half oval shape approximately 8 inches long by 2 inches wide at the middle.

Openings at Both Ends

Repeat the last two steps on the other side of the tote and cut out the two half oval shapes as shown.

Stitch the Side

Open up the two tops to reveal the full ovals. Then, on the open side of the fabric, fold the two rough edges in to make a seam. 

Pin it in Place

Pin the entire length of the seam in place and then sew it together with a very narrow hem.

Sew the Oval

Next, sew around each oval to prevent fraying.

Return to the Half Oval

Once you have sewn around the oval, fold it in half again and create a folded seam as shown. Sew this straight across. Repeat this step on the other side of the tote.

Add the Handle

Sew one end of the handle slot shut and insert the branch. Sew the opposite end shut and repeat on the other end of the tote.

Trim Loose Threads

Trim off any loose threads and your firewood tote is ready to use.

Gather the Wood

Simply lay the tote open on the ground and fill it with logs.

Scoop it Up

Lift both handles to the middle and tote the wood to your fire.

Author's NoteIf you don't sew, you could try using permanent fabric glue in place of the stitching.

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