If there is one thing I love involving laundry--it is hanging it out to dry on the line. Baby clothes and even cloth diapers are my favorites to line dry. But in the heat of the summer, I really love loading up and saving the dryer from running. Because who really needs more heat in the house?
I love going out first thing in the morning to get as much as I can hung up. I love taking it down at dusk before the dew sets. I love standing there in the breeze just thinking. I find it calming. And the savings on the energy bill and wear and tear on clothing is a bonus. (Though I will say that I think more wear and tear comes from my awful washing machine but that's another post.)
See that decrepit bag there? That's my clothespin bag. I bought that thing eons ago. Well, at least 13 years ago. It holds my clothespins. I need it. But, it has definately seen it's last. I've searched the Walmarts of the area to no avail. I must make one myself. The original design was kind of crummy to begin with. The little hanger it came with broke almost immediatly and it wasn't a standard size hanger.
My five minute project to the rescue.
The width of mine is about 13 inches across. Don't ask me the length. I just eyeballed what I thought I would like. My hanger is a child's sized one.
Before I did the standard sew-right-sides-together thing, I cut an opening in the front. I didn't get a good picture of this. I just folded the front piece of fabric in half and cut half an oval. Then I zigzag stitched around the opening (if you have a serger, that would be even better). Then I stitched right sides together, leaving an opening at the top for my hanger. I just put to pins on either side of where I wanted to leave a hole. If you notice, the hanger actually comes up a little off-center. You could trim the corners (I did), turn right side out, and insert your hanger. Viola! (Even with my initial mess-up, this was a five minute project!)
|A better seamstress would have made sure that green marker wasn't prominently placed in the opening, lol!|