Guest Blogger: Tear Drop Clothes Pin Bag Tutorial by Liesl Made

While I’m away, I’ve asked some seriously creative bloggers to offer up some goodies to share with you all.  This is the first in my upcoming series of Guest Bloggers

Today I have for you Liesl, of Liesl Made.  I’ve been following Liesl’s blog for well over a year now, and I can assure you that you will not regret instantly adding her blog to your Google Reader.

Liesl’s blog is a nest of creative tutorials, beautiful photos, inspiring links and the occasional vegan recipe.

Today she’s sharing with you her tutorial for an adorable Tear Drop Clothes Pin Bag.  I am definitely making one of these when I get back from Europe!


Tear Drop Clothes Pin Bag by Liesl Made

Pattern Pieces (click the links below to print):

Piece A
Piece B
Piece C
Pieces D and E

Materials Needed:

  – A little over 1/2 yard (about 20″) of home decor weight fabric
  – A little over 1/2 yard (about 20″) of lining fabric
  – 6” twill tape (I used 3/8”)
  – Pattern pieces:  Back piece A, Back piece B, Front bottom C, Front bottom D, Front top E

Make the Bag:

1.  Start by printing the pattern pieces. There is a 1” scale to be sure each piece is sized accordingly. But if it’s a little off, don’t worry about it–as long as all the pieces are to scale to one another. The finished bag is about 15″ wide by 18″ tall.

2.  Cut out the pattern pieces.  Using tape, connect piece A to piece B to make the clothes pin bag back pattern piece. Connect piece C to piece D to make the front bottom. You’ll now have a total of three pattern pieces.

3.  Cut out one from the fabric and one from the lining for each pattern piece on the fold of the fabric.

4.  Stitch the twill tape to the top of the front of the fabric back piece, about 1/8” from the edge, as seen below. This will hold it in place when stitching later.

5.  With right sides together, stitch the front top fabric and front top lining together along inside curve. Do the same for the fabric and lining of the front bottom piece. Clip in seam allowance to ease the curve. Turn right side out and press. Topstitch along inside curves.

6.  Layer as such:
  – Lining back, right side down
  – Fabric back, right side up
  – Front top fabric and lining that you just stitched together, fabric side down
  – Front bottom and lining that you just stitched together, fabric side down

7.  Pin and stitch a 1/4″ all around the outside edge.

8.  Trim seam allowance to 1/8”. Turn right side out, push seams out nice and neat and press.

9.  Topstitch 1/4″ all around the edge. This will encase the raw edge inside the seam and make for a nice finish.

10.  Fill with clothes pins and voila!


10 Responses

  1. what a lovely peg bag thanks for the tute

  2. Ooo…my husband is putting up a clothesline for me today and I will definitely be making this. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  3. […] swing over to Sarah’s awesome blog to check out the tutorial and poke around at some of the other posts because she’s always got great things to […]

  4. Good ole Liesl.. she’s always there when a gal needs a project. And on top of that… so lovely!

  5. This is so pretty! I love the teardrop shape. Thanks so much for the great idea, I’ll be linking.

  6. I cannot get the pattern to print correctly. Thanks

    • Go to print preview and where you can select the % of zoom, or “shrink to fit”, select custome and enter 45%. It printed correctly for me that way. You may have to play with the percentage until you can see all of the pattern in the Print Preview. Then click print! Hope this helps!!

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