Saturday, June 5, 2010

Clothespin Bag Tutorial

Because we are trying to be "greener," we ordered the Sunshine Clothes Dryer from G&G Industries. It's American made and really big. Bigger than I thought it was going to be. Well, of course I would need to make a cute clothespin bag to go with my new clothesline!


What you will need:
1 - 18.5" x 37" piece of fabric (if it is directional, make sure the pattern is running parallel to the 18.5" side)
1 - Fat Quarter to make bias tape
Hanger (I used a metal one because that is what we have extra of, but any hanger will do)
Rotary cutter
Quilting ruler
Pins
Pencil or chalk marker
Template for opening (download here)


Step 1: Print out and cut out template. Find center of main fabric on 18.5" side. Press for crease. Either use folded template by lining up folded edge of fabric to folded edge of template, or open fabric and place full template crease to crease. Either way make sure the top of the template lines up with the top of your fabric. See below. Trace and cut out.




Step 2: Make bias tape from fat quarter fabric. Great tutorial found here. Cut strips 2" wide. These will fold to 1/5". You will need approximately 27" of bias tape.

Step 3: Sew bias tape around opening, starting from top, around the bottom, and back up. Trim any extra bias tape, making it flush to top of main fabric.


Step 4: Fold fabric in half (wrong side out and opening up). Make sure the bottom overlaps the top by 1/4". This will be folded over and sewn for a clean seam across the back behind the hanger. Cut off top corners to fit your hanger, adding a 1/4".



Step 5: Sew 1/4" seam along top center section of back (where it was overlapped in previous step).

Step 6: Fold fabric in half (wrong side out and opening up) again, making sure all sides match. Sew both sides and top. Turn right side out and push out corners.

And there you have it! A simple and cute clothespin bag for your clothesline. Now...go be green!

3 comments:

  1. Just what I was looking for, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Beautiful and very easy to understand. Please send me the template it will not work. Thank you

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  3. Beautiful and very easy to understand. Please send me the template it will not work. Thank you

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