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My oldest son lives in Downtown Madison. He recently moved into his own apartment. It’s a studio, so he’s short on space. He’s taking pride in having his own place but has a few issues. One of the issues is he doesn’t have a place to put his dirty laundry. He’s trying to keep his place clean enough for visitors, so he’d like to keep his laundry out of sight. His closet is small and the floor his stacked with items, but he only has a coat hanging up. That got me thinking that he needs hanging laundry bags that utilize the closet bar. I came up with these Lights and Darks Hanging Laundry Bags for him. Continue the conversation by being an all® free clear connector.
Hanging Laundry Bags Tutorial
1 yard of a light fabric
1 yard of a dark fabric
2 wooden hangers with locking bars
2 yards of light ribbon or string
2 yards of dark ribbon or string
embroidery machine with dark and light thread or stencil and supplies
Fold the fabric in half long ways so that the selvage edges are touching. Cut off 3″ of fabric along the top.
Embroider or stencil Lights on the front of the dark bag and Darks on the front of the light bag.
Serge along the top edge of the bag. No need to serge the selvage edge sides.
Fold the bag with right sides together and serge the bottom edge closed.
Reinforce the bottom seam with a straight stitch.
Stitch the side seam together leaving a one inch opening about an inch down from the top edge. This will be the opening for the drawstring.
Lay the seam around the drawstring flat and stitch it in place.
Make the drawstring casing by turning down one inch of the top seam and stitch.
Leave the 3″ fabric strip folded in half and cut it just short of the width of the locking bar of the hanger.
Serge the open ends together.
Turn that seam right side out and fold the open edges together. Serge along the bottom to form the hanger bar casing.
With the right side of the laundry bag facing out, pin the hanger casing to the middle of the back of the bag.
Stitch that casing in place. I used 2 lines of straight stitching with a zigzag in between. It’s important to reinforce because this stitching will have the weight of the laundry pulling on it.
Feed the drawstring through the casing and knot the end. I used this drawstring threader to pull the ribbon through.
Slide the bag onto the hanger.
Hang the bags back to back and fill with laundry.
DIY Lights & Darks Hanging Laundry Bags
I used lightweight cotton for each bag. The bags themselves can be washed too, although I recommend taking the dirty laundry out of the bag before washing.
Laundry Care Package
Since I won’t be seeing my son until Christmas, I decided to send the bags to him in a care package. I added a bag of all® free clear mighty pacs® to the box. All of my kids have sensitivities to laundry soaps, so I use a detergent that is free of perfumes or dyes.
all® free clear is the #1 detergent recommended by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for Sensitive Skin. Washing with all® free clear removes 99% of the top everyday and seasonal allergens*. *Dog and cat dander, dust mite matter, ragweed pollen, grass/tree pollen. all® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies. I picked up all® free clear at Walmart. all® free clear keeps our family free of sensitive skin worries!
I am very proud of these bags I created. Find more laundry solutions at the Free to Be Social Hub.
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posted 26 Oct 2016