~*~ After washing the sacks (I forgot to try to 'set' the color! :~O
But I like the slightly faded, vintage look.)
I removed the original stitching, which took a long time
as the chain stitching did not pull off like the top of feed sacks!
I "french seamed" the sides so no fraying threads
would stick to the bread, and the more finished seams
help prevent bread crumbs from hiding! ~*~
~*~ I 'boxed' the corners... ~*~
~*~ ...so the bread keeper would fit around
the bread a little more easily. ~*~
~*~ I used some of the flour sack fabric to make drawstrings. ~*~
~*~ Baked some bread to try them out. ~*~
~*~ Experimented to see how fresh the bread stayed.
Works perfect alone for crusty bread.
I did a little research to find out how bread used to be stored
'in the olden days' before plastic.
I am trying to do without plastic in my home.
I found that IF there was any bread left, the cut edge of a loaf was placed
down onto a cutting board and this prevented the cut surface from
(I think I prefer to have my food covered so any critter that may happen to be flying about my kitchen doesn't have use of my homemade bread as a landing strip for feet that have been who knows where! Did you know that flies taste with their feet? Ugh! Somebody please remind me why God created flies? Oh yeah ~ food for the spiders! Yikes!
Why spiders? I know, I know ~ to eat the flies! :~D)
I used a sheet of waxed paper wrapped around my loaf
and stored in the bread keeper.It did keep the cut loaf soft for several days
until it was used up!
And if there were more than two of us, the bread wouldn't
last that long!
~*~ I hope you will try making one of these handy storage bags!
If you don't have access to new flour sacks, you might try
We have had a couple of gloriously sunny days here and I have been hanging my clothes out to dry on the line.
I decided to make a couple of Vintage Style Clothes Pin Bags
and thought you might like to make one, too!
Here is what I did:
Front and Back pieces:
Cut two (2) pieces of fabric 13x16 inches each. (I used ticking stripes.)
Back lining piece:
Cut one (1) piece of fabric 13x16 ( I used a broadcloth print.)
Cut two (2) pieces of fabric 3 1/2x 6 1/2 inches Main fabric.)
Cut one (1) piece of fabric (same as lining) 30 inches x 3 inches. (Cut across grain ~ from selvage to selvage.) I made pleats. You may wish to just gather a ruffle which won't take as much fabric.
You will also need a little less than 1 yard of Bias Seam Tape for bag opening.
Press all fabric pieces.
(You may wish to baste one (1) piece of main fabric with the lining fabric, wrong sides together. This will become your back piece. I just put them together without basting and consider this one piece.)
Fold under edges on two long sides and one short. ( 3/8 -1/2 inch)
Cut apart one (1) of the main fabric pieces four (4) inches down from the top (short) side.
On the center top of the longer piece(we will call this A), draw a half circle (mine is 5 inches diameter).
Cut out half circle.
Shorter piece of top front will be called "B".
Stitch Bias Tape to top of piece "A".
(I sewed the curved piece first. Then sew straight pieces next, being sure to fold one end under for nice finish at corner where straight meets curve.)
I use a zig-zag stitch, but a straight stitch is fine, too.
Hint: Pressing Bias Tape on the curved piece first helps to hold its shape for easier stitching.
Sew Bias Tape to bottom matching straight edge of "B".
(You may now like to embellish your bag with embroidery, applique, trims, buttons, or leave plain.)
Fold ruffle piece in half the long way and press.
(Be sure to turn under short ends.)
Gather into a ruffle with two rows of basting stitches.
Attach ruffle to right side of front "A" along bottom edge with a basting stitch.
Be sure to start and end ruffle inside your seam line.
Place front "A" over back piece (lining is the wrong side), right sides together.
Stitch across bottom.
(Make button hole, attach snap, or sew velcro dot one short end of each tab.)
On top edge of back (right side), position tabs 2 1/2 inches (center of tab) from edge seam.
Place top front piece "B" over tabs and back piece right sides together.
Bring up piece "A" to match "B" over back piece, butting seam tape together.
Stitch all pieces together, stitching through seam tape making sure you don't catch ruffle in side seam.
Stitch seams again with a zig-zag stitch (or another row of straight stitches if you don't have zig-zag.) just outside first row of stitching for a clean finish.
Trim corners to remove bulk.
Turn and press.
Attach buttons, if using.
Fill with clothes pins.
Go do some wash and hang your clothes! ~
This bag may be buttoned over the clothes line or buttoned onto a clothes hanger . ~
I would love to see if you make one. Please let me know so I can come take a peek.
~ These two are going to market! ~
Have a glorious, sunshiny day!
Added after several comments about not having a clothes line:
Ladies! You do not need a clothes line to make one of these. They can be used for so many things
such as a bag for grocery sacks, baby items, socks or undergarments, a gift for someone special.
While re-organizing my linens drawers today, I came across this cute little item that my Grandma made up and gave to me way back in the '70's. This would make a fun little addition to a bridal shower, kitchen shower or even a birthday gift. Let me know if you make any, I would like to see.
Take two woven waffle weave dish cloths (fold in half lengthwise)
Threaded length of ribbon or yarn.
Make long basting stitches along "leg" bottoms and at the "waistline", gathering slightly and tying in a bow at the edges.
"Lace" up the front and make a bow at the top. ( See photo)
This little 'poem' was written out and pinned to them.
Come to a Virtual Flea Market the first Monday of the Month (click image)
At Savvy Southern Style
Award from Sweet Linda
at Prairie Flower Farm
"I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet."
Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied. * Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859*
Sewing mends the soul. *Author unknown*
"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing, The days pass quickly when I am sewing."
"May your bobbins always be full!"
"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel."
"Her needlework both plain and ornamental was excellent, and she might have put a sewing machine to shame. ~James Edward Austen-Leigh, about Jane Austen~
Useful and ornamental needlework, knitting, and netting are capable of being made,not only sources of personal gratification, but of high moral benefit, and the means of developing in surpassing loveliness and grace, some of the highest and noblest feelings of the soul.
~Author unknown, from The Ladies' Work Table Book, 1845~
"Love is the thread that binds us."
"Those who sleep under a quilt, sleep under a blanket of love."