Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Clothespin Bag Tutorial

The Original Clothes Pin Bag
This is an odd tutorial because it is just the instructions for a kit that I made for my mother. Hopefully it will make sense!? The bag measures 16.5" x 14".

To make the bag you need -
a main fabric (17.5" strip across the width of the fabric)
coordinating fabric
lightweight iron-on interfacing
diaper flannel.
a wooden coat hanger
approximately 24" of 2.5" bias folded in half
15" of twill tape (or ribbon) cut into 3 pieces.

The bag is made up of three pieces. The back is 16"high and 17.5" wide (the width of the hanger plus 1 "), the bottom front is 13" x 17.5" with a 5" deep curve cut out at the top leaving 2" 's on each side. Both are lined with iron-on lightweight interfacing, have a layer of diaper flannel and a lining piece of coordinating fabric. The top front section is 8" x 17.5". Half of it is lined with interfacing and flannel and it is then folded in half. The top of the bag (both front and back) is cut in the same curve as the hanger.

After embellishing, quilting and edging the bottom front curve with the bias, the two front sections are sewn together (the top section overlapping the bottom section and decoratively stitched).
The front and back are sewn together (1/2" seam allowance, right sides together), with the 3 pieces of twill tape (folded in half) evenly spaced along the top (don't place the twill tape between the two layers, just lay them on the top), and a small opening left open at the top for the hanger hook.
A 3" base is made by sewing across the bottoms corners of the bag. I also zig-zaged the seams to finish them. Turn the bag right side out, insert the hanger and secure in place with the twill tape. Done!

My Mother's finished Clothes Pin Bag
If these instructions don't make sense please email me. If you have made bags before it should be pretty straight forward. Good Luck and thanks for stopping by!

Update Feb 3rd, 2013
I get a lot of questions about where the twill tape/ribbon goes. The three pieces are attached when sewing the upper seam, spaced evenly - two from the ends and one next to the hole in the centre. They then just tie around the hanger inside the bag.

Hopefully this photo of the inside of the bag helps.

July 2012

Jessi (Joy Unspeakable) stitched this great bag all by hand!

September 2012

Elizabeth (no blog) used outdoor fabric instead of quilting fabric to make these lovely bags - such a great idea!

January 2020

Brenda sent me a photo of her beautiful bag. Love the fabric, and plaid trim.

If you have made the bag, and would like to see a picture here, please send me a picture to add (my email found here). Thanks! I love seeing your creations.
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