Here's a little Christmas gift that I made. It's a clothespin bag that takes a half a yard of fabric (two kinds) and a little bias tape. I made one for my mom and for my sister. I know they both like to hang their clothes out. (The girl in the background does not go with the package....)
I have had the pattern hanging out in my bookmarks for almost a year. It's here, if anyone is interested. It is a quick item to make. I'd say that the average seamstress could make it in under an hour. For me, with a newborn and 8 other children? Well, it took me all afternoon to make two, but I'm still really pleased with how they turned out. I think mom and my sis will enjoy a little brightness and something new when they hang out their laundry.
As always, the pictures I take indoors in the evening lack a little clarity. As usual they will have to do. :)
I made only two changes to the instructions: 1) I double seamed both the lining and the outer fabric. The weight of the clothespins would eventually pull at the seams, and 2) I cut a 1 inch piece of bias tape, flattened it out, tucked the ends in, and sewed it at the top where the hanger neck emerges from the fabric. Same reason - the constant tugging would quickly tear the seam without it. I spent twenty minutes de-icing my van this morning so I could venture to the store, where I bought a couple of new packs of wooden clothespins for each bag, and now I'm off to wrap up these two little presents.