Sunday, July 19, 2009

DIY Clothespin Holder

I recycle as much as I can, but sometimes there's that inevitable What the heck can I do with this?! moment. For example, I've been hanging on (no pun intended) to this small plastic hanger that was part of some packaging that I received...

It was too small to use for clothing, and it wasn't made out of recyclable material, ie no number 1's or 2's on it. (That's all we can recycle here in Charlotte)

I knew that I could do something with it and then it came to me...


Below are directions to make you own clothespin holder, with a good ol' wire hanger :)


Materials Needed:

1/4 yard *cotton fabric. One main color and one complimentary color for lining
Matching thread
Wire hanger
Wire cutters

*If you are going to keep your clothespin holder outdoors, I would suggest making it out of oil cloth



1. Cut off the top of your hanger with wire cutters, set aside.



3. Print pattern piece by clicking the picture below.

4. Cut out two 8x10 inch pieces of fabric from your main color and two pieces for the lining.

5. On the wrong side of one main fabric piece and one lining piece, trace and cut out opening from both pieces of fabric. Satin stitch both pieces together, wrong sides facing, along the raw edge to keep from fraying.

6. Pin all pieces of fabric together, with main color pieces facing right sides together. Sew all around the edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving about a 1 & 1/2 inch opening at the top as shown.



7. Square off your bottom corners by sewing straight stitch about 1/2 inch from the corner. Turn right side out. (I pinked my edges, but you can leave them raw)


8. Insert wire hanger top and fill with clothespins.



Hang on your clothesline and enjoy!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Lie Barry

Oh I love the local library, especially when you can "order" the book you want online and your local library will email you when it's ready to be picked up! Yeah, I'm lazy like that! ;p

Anyway, one of the recently rented library rags that I picked up is Beyond-the-Square Crochet Motifs.
Wow there are some beautiful motifs in this book, I didn't know where to start, I wanted to make all 144 of them!

So I broke out some of my cotton crochet thread, a teeny tiny crochet hook, and made some motifs into necklaces...

Motif #143

A different Colorway

Motif #143

Whatta ya think? ♥