Sunday, September 19, 2010

About The Clothes Pins . . .

Sadly my clothes pins are still in a plastic bag, but not for long.  

My clothes pin bag didn't take long to grow.  I modified the original pattern by chaining 41 instead of 51 (the original was too wide or maybe I am a loose crocheter--in the same way I am a loose knitter).  I also varied the stitch pattern: instead of single crochet each row, I alternated between sc and dc.  Because of the resulting "holey" fabric, the finished item was gonna need some lining.
Girly Colours

In a little over a week, I completed the 20" long bag--minus the finishing of course.  I used three different colours because I didn't think I'd have enough of one colour for the entire bag.  On the plus side, I used leftovers from another project. 
"Finished" Bag
Originally the Bernat Cottontots was used to make a poncho and matching hat for my niece.  I blogged about that at the Bernat Blog back in March and April, although I don't think I ever posted a photo of her wearing it.
My Niece in Her New Poncho
With the bag finished, I searched for matching scrap fabric--something green or pink.  I had none (I know you're probably wondering how a gal who doesn't sew end up with scrap fabric, but I have made curtains in the past and I do make patches for "holey" jeans--'cuz honestly who wants to give up a pair of comfy jeans even if they do have holes).  Then I remembered I had saved my old fitted sheets (my old sheets didn't quite fit my new mattress, but I kept them 'cuz . . . well, I'm a bit of a pack-rat although I do fight those urges with the occasional purge). 

After cutting out a large rectangle, I hemmed the edges and then machine-stitched it to the inside of the bag.  Not bad, eh?  It doesn't have to be super pretty, only functional.  After all, no one is gonna see the inside of the bag (I know what you're thinking: why have the liner match if no one will see it?  Well, I have a problem with colours that don't match . . . and it's probably best to just move on 'cuz ya don't really wanna know how cuckoo I am truly am).
Liner Machine-Stitched to Bag
I guess this project is all about recycling and re-using, LOL.

Next on the docket,  crocheting the cute little clothes that decorate the bag.  I'm hoping to use white and pale yellow for that.   Those colours should match nicely with the green and dark pink.  Here's hoping I can start them soon . . . but I make no promises.

Have a great week!


  1. Oh, your niece looks so darling in that poncho -- great job on it -- love the colors!

  2. Glad to see you modifying it. I really just gave the basics so even a beginner crocheter could make it. Plus I wanted mine to be simple so that my little clothes would stand out.

    I really like the colours that you are using!
    There are also a lot of little clothes patterns out there now to choose from...I saw the cutest little bikini somewhere.....
    Can't wait until you get more done!!
    You are making me want to make another one :0)
    cheers suki

  3. Wool-Free, that poncho was my re-entry into the world of crochet. It was an easy project, but all the ends to work in . . . ugh!

  4. Sukigirl, I still love your original. And I agree that its a great beginner project.

    I'm almost done, but I had to ad-lib the clothes (long story).


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