Monday, April 27, 2009

Ticking Clothes Pin Bag

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.)
Ruffle :

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)
Top stitch.


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".

Front opening:
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.

(Pleats shown.)

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". :~}


Anonymous said...

What a cute, cute bag, Raeann! I am thoroughly impressed!

Noel said...

that's such a good idea to just take a lid to make the curved part. circles are my nemesis!

Miss Jen said...

This is SO wonderful!!!!!!!
Simply delightful.....
thank you for taking the time
to do this tutorial!!!

Love & Hugs,
Miss Jen

shelia said...

so pretty...i feel the need to make one and i don't have a clothes line (i'm a city dweller) :)
thanks for sharing

Sharon said...

I love it!!! Just beautiful Lady Farmer :) Now I know what I am going to make when I get the sewing thing down :) Thanks so much for sharing and have a blessed day!

lady m's lavender cottage said...

Lady Farmer, the bag is beautiful! Way too pretty for just hanging clothes pins :)

I especially like the ruffles, and the writing, and the colors...

I would like to make one, but I don't have a clothes line :( I hang my clothes in a drying rack.

O, but I so want a clothes line...

Your instructions were so precise, and so were the pictures.

Thank you so much for sharing,

Lady M

Deborah said...

This is positively wonderful! I will add it to my list of things I want to sew once our school year is finished. Currently all my clothespins reside in a fruit basket. I figure I get my exercise that way :0). I have often thought I would love a clothespin bag that I could reach into without bending all the time.

Anonymous said...

This is so cute! I wish I could hang my clothes outside but we live on a dusty dirty road! :-(

You did a beautiful job!


Michele said...

I'm SO proud of my crafty mama! These turned out just so sweet! And what a great set of instructions, too. Happy marketing!


Jennifer said...

Super cute...and mine would definitely be for something other than clothes pins - I'm surely attached to my dryer (and other luxuries!)

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Oh!! so pretty, and thank you for sharing the directions , I want to show this one to my mother when she comes over, it seems like I always get to share with her some project you have done, she is so good with her hands too. But I got to make the laundry detergent that you shared and was able to surprise her with it. We both have been so pleased with the results.
I am so looking forward to being able to hang our laundry out once again, hopefully the pollen will soon be over.

Thank you for commenting on my post yesterday, I can't tell you how much I have been encouraged.

Lori said...

what a wonderful tutorial and bag, i will send this post to my mother she will love it too!

Paula said...

Dear Lady Farmer,
I love your adorable clothes pins bag!!! I will have to make one as I love to hang out our laundry! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful tutorial!!!! I see you opened an Etsy shop. I am so happy for you!

I am so sorry to hear the deer eat your roses! I wish that you could grow them and enjoy them!

For my sachets I am using a recipe from a sweet little book called A Bouquet of Flowers. I found it a couple of years ago at a thrift shop for 50 cents.

Sweet Dreams Sachets

1 cup dried rose petals
1/2 cup dried mint (I have plenty of mint in my garden that I will use)
2 tablespoons whole cloves
1 tablespoons ground cloves
5 drops rose oil (I don't have any on hand, so I will use lavender oil)
6 small muslin or cotton bags (I am going to make some with pretty floral fabric.

Combine the herbs and rose oil in a bowl. Spoon the mixture into the bags, tying at the top with a pretty ribbon.
Tuck into a corner of your pillowcase or tie onto the bedpost where the scent will linger.

I hope you enjoy making these. I will edit my post and share the recipe on my blog. I have read that you can use orris root as fixative, but I don't use it, once the smell is gone, you can compost it or add more oil.

I am so glad you are enjoying birds at your feeder. The Goldfinches must have left us to visit you. We have them all winter and the males look similar to the females in color, but before they left a few weeks ago the males were bright yellow, it was such a joy to see them in their spring coloring! I am so happy you get to enjoy them all summer!

Blessings and love to you dear friend,

Shari said...

What a cute bag! I'm definitely putting this on my to make list! Love the ticking and the cute ruffle at the bottom.

Thanks for being so generous with your creation and taking the time to put together this wonderfully detailed tutorial!!

Beansieleigh said...

This is my first time to your blog, and I already LOVE the first thing I see!! I'd love to try this! Thanks for sharing this with everybody!

Sandra said...

That is nice. You did a great job. Making a clothespin bag is on my list for this week.

Lavinia said...

You are very talented. Your sewing and designing skills are in plain evidence here.

Liz said...

I willbe whipping one of these up as soon as possible! My clothes pins are still in the plastic bag they came in, which I carry under one arm while hanging (yeah I know...Mental picture is quite funny!)

Cass @ That Old House said...

These are wonderful -- and useful too, and for more than clothespins!
You do beautiful sewing. Lovely blog!