Well, it’s Thursday and even though I haven’t posted since the start of the month, I am trying to get back into a rhythm after The Hiatus. So, time for another edition of “Stuff I Love”.
My last edition of Stuff I Love introduced you to my new friend, “Olan”. This week I want to share with you his latest accessory:
I looked around in stores for a bag to hold my clothespins, but had no luck. Google, of course, didn’t let me down. I found several different patterns for clothespin bags including a pattern for a clothespin apron. I finally settled on this one and got to work. I won’t post all my pictures and the directions because My Lucky Chicken did a really nice job and includes photos of each step, but I’ve included a photo of the necessary notions:
And, after using the bag for a couple of weeks, I would recommend some modifications.
- Instead of using a precut quilting fat quarter, I would use some heavy duty canvas, or outdoor upholstery fabric. There are some lovely patterns available for lawn furniture that would be quite pretty as a clothespin bag. The quarter I used was 18″ x 30″ so a sturdier fabric cut to about that size or similar would work.
- Mr. Hippie thinks the bag should have holes at the bottom for drainage. With the lightweight cotton I used, that isn’t really a problem, but if a sturdier fabric or something that is waterproof is used, drainage might be necessary. I think that could be easily accomplished by adding a row of narrow buttonholes across the bottom before the bag is sewn shut.
- When I first hung my bag on the line, I hung it directly on the line. If you have a long, straight line, or a line on a pulley, that should be fine but for my umbrella style clothesline it meant that I was spinning the line ’round & ’round and frequently digging under two or three layers of damp clothes to reach my pins. If you use an umbrella-style or multi-line clothesline, I would highly recommend hanging the bag on a child-sized hanger like My Lucky Chicken suggests so that you can move your pins around easily. If you know you are going to be using a hanger, you could skip the buttons and sew the bag directly onto the hanger; the buttons and buttonholes were the most difficult part of the project.
This was a super simple project and I love the results. Plus, since finding the tutorial, I have perused the archives of My Lucky Chicken and love the site so much that I have added it to my links. She has posts about all the Stuff I Love including her clothesline and her snack bags! Check it out!