Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Another Wonky Patchwork Project


I've been needing a new dirty undergarment keeper for a long time. (Sorry, is that too much information?) My last one, made from a pillowcase, was getting raggedy and worn. I wasn't feeling the love anymore. It had to go.

This project has been on my mind for years. My mother has an awesome one that someone gave her 30+ years ago. It has several rows of rickrack all around the round opening. I love it. As much as I wanted one just like that, I decided to do a little something different. I used leftover linen from the dress and scraps of vintage sheets from past projects.

This turned out a little more narrow and longer than I anticipated. After I cut the hole, I realized that the bottom would have to be longer or the hole would be too low. I used a store pants hanger so, I stuck with the dimensions of that for the width. It's basically straight across the top, with a little place for the size that sticks up.

I'm now thinking of other possibilities. Maybe the boys need something to hold their dirty socks. It might encourage them to put them away instead of leaving them all over the floor ... But let's get real. They're boys! They'll still leave them on the floor. And they'll still make me crazy.

11 comments:

nicole said...

my mother made each child a bag for dirty laundry... mine was a lovely vintage doll ... the dress was the filling part and I just remember one of my brothers one ... a big wale with a wide open mouth!!
(I have three brothers ans two sisters!)

Karyn said...

That's a really good idea. I'm contemplating the possibilities of this.

hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Gail :) said...

I love it! You a so thoughtful in making the everyday special!

Kris said...

Not wonky! Beautiful! I love it. I think I have given up trying to get the sock thing sorted at my house!

miss chris said...

This is so cute. I love the patchwork detail. And now you have me wondering if this would work for my 12 year old....I'm pretty sure it wouldn't, but what a blessing if it did!

amandajean said...

that's really cute! I have been wanting to make my sister a diaper stacker (for her baby's cloth diapers) and this would be a great design if I just boxed out the bottom a little bit. I love the strip of patchwork and the ric rac detail, too.

laeroport said...

Whew! So it's not just my kids that can't hit a laundry basket. Thank goodness. This is really cute - and I just lamented about linen-related wonkiness in my last post as well.

Sam D. said...

My mom made us a larger one that had a zipper on the bottom for all of our dirty cloths when we were kids. I just had her make another one for our bathroom since our bathroom is so small and clothes end on the floor even with my nagging. Its awesome. Your's is very cute. Much cuter than mine.

Little Munchkins said...

Boy, you are good. I love the idea of one for socks. Not for the kids but for DH. His current one really needs to go.

sammon said...

Clever, I think I'll be making one of these really soon. Maybe two or three.

cici said...

lovely. i've been meaning to make one of these, too. but i can't decide where to put it and so what colors to use.

i always have a tough time getting linen to sew just. right. i'm glad to see i'm not the only one.

and i'm glad to see i'm not the only one whose children can't see the clothes on the floor they are stepping over/on.