12/6/09

Fabric Clothesline Bag Tutorial

Fabric Covered Clothesline Bag

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As soon as I saw one of these bags I knew I had to learn how to make them. I think they are beautiful and useful. I also discovered that they are easy to make though they do take a little time. I can't give you exact measurements, I'm a seat of the pants crafter. Of course every bag that I am currently working on is intended to be a different size so measurements are difficult to gauge. I can tell you that you will need to purchase a bundle of all cotton 1/4" clothesline @ 100 feet. You will also need 2" strips of cotton fabric of your choice measuring 10 - 12 yards in total length. Fabric changes within bags can be as few or as many as you choose. This is a great way to use up your scraps.
To begin you need to cover the clothesline with your fabric using a straight machine stitch. See photos. As I am making several color changes on my bags, I cover several yards of rope with my base color then begin forming the base without cutting either the rope or my first color strip. When I feel like changing my color then I cut off the first color strip and add on the next one.
To begin forming the base for this bag, which will be a lunch bag, I began coiling a 5" strip of my rope. At this point you will keep the base flat and use a wide zigzag stitch to join the coiled rope. Don't worry about little imperfections, this project is VERY forgiving. When my base measured 7.5" by 5.5" I began forming the sides of the bag. To do this you must keep the bulk of the project to the left side of your machine and put your hand under the piece so that it forms a right angle to your table surface. See photos. You will sew the remainder of the bag in this fashion.
Continue changing fabrics, covering rope, joining strands to form your coiled bag until you are satisfied with the size of the bag. At this point you may attach any sort of handles that you choose as well as a closure if need be.

12 comments:

blueviolet said...

I really wish I could sew! That's cute!

Anonymous said...

forgive others but not yourself........................................

Jude said...

Nice tutorial, it's just too darn bad I can't sew for squat. Maybe I should ask Santa for one of those nice portables that do everything for me.

Ann said...

OH cool I've been wanting to know how to do this. I'm gonna give it a try just as soon as I get some clothesline. Thanks for sharing

Grace said...

I don't understand any of that or the tutorial but then I ain't the crafty type. Can we see a pic of the finished product please?

Erin said...

I am not crafty at all, but maybe you could have a giveaway for one of these cuties?!?!

Jen said...

I had no idea you could do that stuff with a sewing machine. They are darling bags.

Me-Me King said...

Howdy! If only I had a sewing machine (sigh). I'm with Erin, giveaway, giveaway!

The Peach Tart said...

This looks great but I'm so un-crafty.

The Bee said...

Love it!!! Can I put in my color request now? Nice job with the tutorial ;)

Carrie Wells said...

Wow, those are cool. I wish I had a creative bone in my body!

Jessica said...

Very cool! I have looked at these before and thought of making one. I LOVE bags. So, sewing through the clothesline isn't a problem? I keep thinking it will be too thick......... Again, VERY cool!!