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Here is a simple sewing tutorial for an apron pouch that solves a laundry issue. It uses the front pocket from a hoodie sweatshirt.
I love having appliances. They sure help make life easier! Love of these modern conveniences is strongest when they aren’t available or in constant use. Last week we returned from our spring break beach vacation late at night. We just unloaded the essentials from our vehicle and went to bed. When we unloaded the car the next day, it smelled horrible! All those wet towels and bathing suits had really stunk up the van. I started the numerous loads of laundry immediately.I run our front-load washing machine on an eco-cycle. It’s quicker and uses less energy. I also save electricity by drying our laundry using the power of the sun and wind on our clothesline. It’s so gratifying to me to take advantage of these free sources. What drives me nuts about drying clothes on the line is all the bending that takes place. I have to reach down to the basket to pull out a wet item and then reach down to get clothespins. Sometimes I leave the clothespins on the line, but then they are in the way of hanging and the metal parts get rusty in the rain. I’ve seen those clothespin bags that hang on the line, but you have to constantly move them as you move down the line. My solution is to wear a hoodie sweatshirt and keep the clothespins in my front pouch pocket. It’s easy to reach in and pull out the pins that I need as I go down the line and hang up the laundry. The problem with this solution is that hoodies are often too warm to wear. I will get hot and uncomfortable really quickly. That made me realize that an apron with a pocket like a hoodie would work perfectly. I was going to create a pattern for one but then realized that I could just cut up an old hoodie for an even quicker project.
DIY Hoodie Clothespin Apron
old hoodie sweatshirt
ribbon, twill tape, or similar – 2 yards
sewing machine with matching thread
Lay your sweatshirt flat and cut out the hoodie pouch pocket. I cut mine with about 2″ around the sides and top of the hoodie. I left the sweatshirt band on the bottom.
Fold the cut edges over about a 1/4″ and turn again around 1/2″ and sew in place. You can also serge the edges and then fold over the 1/2″ and finish the edge.
Finish the ends of the tie band. I used a 1/2″ nylon webbing so I burned the edges to keep them from unraveling.
Sew the band onto the upper edge of the pouch apron. I folded the band in half and centered it onto the pouch apron. I used a zig-zag stitch to hold it in place.
Tie on the apron, fill the pouch with clothespins and hang your laundry.
Isn’t that simple? I was able to whip it up in about 10 minutes. I didn’t cost me anything because I used an old hoodie and webbing I had on hand. My pocket is very utilitarian, but it would be easy to dress it up with some ricrac or pretty trim.
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Do you do wash a lot of clothes like I do? Do you hang your clothes to dry?
posted 6 April 2016