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
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.
Just don't embroider "clothes pins". :~}