Thursday, July 15, 2010

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bias Tape?

Upcycled Clothespin Bag!

I admit it; when I started this little project I was starting to take the wimpy safe road. You see, I have been keeping my clothespins in the plastic bag they came in originally which was really not working out well for many reasons. For months I have been including a clothespin bag on my list of things I should sew soon.

I found this pattern here and sat down to do it yesterday. I made the pattern out of newspaper in the afternoon, then cut out the fabric and sewed in the evening, both when Wee One was sleeping. It was getting late and I was saying things like this:

"I don't HAVE to make bias tape; I'm making it out of denim which is cool when it frays so I will just sew around the opening and let the edges fray."

Then I grew a sewing spine. I had bought a bias tape thingy you use with your iron months ago and still had to try it. If I messed up sewing the bias tape on, I thought, who cares, it's a silly clothespin bag. I really needed to step up and do it and this was the perfect trial run situation.

Can I just say it took a lot longer than it probably should but it was awesome! First, the tool, way easier than folding your own tape and burning your fingers. I pinned it onto the bag like crazy so the sewing was very slow but honestly, I feel it was all in all a success.


The body of the bag is made from a pair of maternity jean overalls. I bought them in a thrift store but they were really really big so I never wore them, prego or otherwise. I don't think I could alter them well to fit so they have been in my "to be transformed" pile of stuff. The bias tape is made from a striped button down shirt that I don't think or hope to ever wear again (and certainly won't be now) which was also a thrift store find when I was working outside the home.

I also made another origami wrap from a maternity dress from Old Navy. I cut off the bottom and cut up one side to make the fabric piece for the wrap. The remaining piece might just become a little something to sleep (ahem!) in. Or maybe if I can figure out a way to reduce the cleavage factor, a shirt...

Any ideas on how to make it wearable?


affectioknit said...

I love the clothespin bag!

Robin said...

I am afraid of bias tape. I am very afraid. What about cutting the straps at the back and making a halter/tunic type top? Just one of my insomnia thoughts...

VeganCraftastic said...

Your clothespin bag looks great, nice work on the bias tape!

Honeydew Productions said... hard on sewing machine needles...but ohhhh the result is sooo CUTE!

I'm suffering from a brain fart at the moment so I can't come up with a clever idea for the top...

Sachiko said...

I have never heard of a clothes pin bag. Thank you for sharing.

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Bias tape is *very* scary but I'm glad to hear you figured it out. It took me forever to do that! :)

That clothespin bag is TOO cute!!! I hope you will make some pillowcase dresses- you are so talented!

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