Friday, March 28, 2014

Home Sewn: Rag Bag for the Kitchen

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I’m so honored to get to participate in Living with Punk’s Home Sewn Series.  A month of all kinds of fabulous ideas for your home, that you can make with your sewing machine!  Susan is so insanely talented, I just love everything she does.  Her Faux Animal Pelt she shared to launch the series is pure design genius! 

For my part, I’m going to show you how to make a Kitchen Rag Bag

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Dish rags, bibs, cloth napkins, and tea towels: these bags hold them all until you’re ready to throw in the wash.  The bag hangs from your oven door with snaps.  A waterproof lining and zipper keeps soiled items from spreading, while helping things look tidy, and reduces smells.  It’s like a cute little hamper for your kitchen cloth.  One of my most popular posts is where I showed how I make my Rolled Kitchen Towels.  We use these instead of paper towels at our house, and love them.  rolled kitchen towels sew a straight line
I’ve been meaning to share where we stash the dirties between washing for years now, so I’m excited to finally get around to showing you!  So let’s get to it!

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-1/2 yard outer fabric (some type of woven)
-1/2 yard lining (PUL, oil cloth, or laminated fabric)
-12 inch zipper
-2 complete snap sets

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-13” x 18.5” (back)
-13” x 15.5 “ (lower front)
-13” x 4” (upper front)
-2.5” x 9” (straps)

-(2) 13” x 15.5”

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Fold strap pieces in half, right sides together.  Sew across one short end and the long side.  Clip corners.

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Turn straps right side out (I love my Dritz turning tool).  Press.  Set aside.

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Lay zipper across top of lower front piece, right sides facing, with the top zipper tape lined up with the top of the lower front piece.

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Lay one lining on top of the zipper/lower front, lining up all edges.  You want the shiny side down.  Pin along top, catching all three layers: lower front, zipper, lining.  Sew along the top edge, using a zipper foot, catching all layers: lower front,zipper tape, lining.

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Flip and turn so that the lining falls behind the zipper, and the unsewn zipper tape sticks out above the right side of the lower front.  Press.

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Lay upper front, right side down, on unsewn zipper tape.  Match raw edge of upper front with the unsewn zipper tape.  Pin.  Sew with zipper foot.

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Flip upper front up, exposing zipper.  Press.

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Topstitch front pieces along both sides of zipper

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Raw edges matching so the straps point downward, lay straps 1.5” in from either edge of the front.  Pin in place, then baste with longest stitch.
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3” down from the top of the back piece, pin the second lining piece, on the wrong side of the back, shiny side of lining facing down.  
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The lining should only overlap the back by the 3”, with the remaining 12.5” of lining sticking out above the back.  Pin in place, sew 1/4” from the edge of the lining.

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Flip the lining down, so that it now covers the lower 12.25” of the back, on the wrong side.  

Now you’re going to topstitch the lining in place.
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Depending on what type of material you’re using for the lining, this can be tricky.  I use a roller foot.  A Teflon foot would be good, too.  If you have neither, use tissue paper over the lining, to keep the foot gliding smoothly over the fabric.  Baby powder sprinkled along the seam allowance of the lining will also help.

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Open the zipper at least half way at this point. 

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Lay the front and back, right sides together, with straps in place pointing downward.  Pin, then sew all the way around the entire bag: top, side, bottom, side.  Again, make sure the straps are tucked facing down and away from the side seams, and that your zipper is open at least halfway.
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Turn the bag right side out through open zipper.

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Set snaps at bottom of strap and then again about 1/2” below where the straps end on the bag.

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Snap onto your oven door,

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And fill up with kitchen laundry.
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Just throw the bag in with all your rags in the washing machine, then air dry.

You can get the tutorial for my Rolled Kitchen Towels by clicking below:
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And click on over to Living with Punks to ender the Home Sewn Giveaway, and to check out all the other amazing, useful, beautiful, fun ideas that are being shared as part of the Home Sewn series.
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christina said...

what a fun idea! we never use paper towels in our house either.

mari said...

Excellent idea! I like the towel roll the best :0) mari

Reno said...

Love my kitchen rag bag! Thank you!

Charity said...

I usually toss my rags in the laundry basket as soon as they are dirty, but this would definitely be more convenient. =)

Shade Harbour said...

We have some questions about the pattern. We attempted to make it and there seemed to be alot of waste at the margins. We made it but we ended up trimming things.

Holly Sims said...

What a great idea! I never would have thought to use a "wet bag" in the kitchen!!! Since my laundry room is practically IN my kitchen, I think I'll make this as a non-waterproof bag for storing clean kitchen towels. Right now my clean towels are tucked away in a basket on a shelf in the breakfast nook about 15 feet away.... not at all convenient.

Marchele Gilman said...

I am at the point where I sew around the whole bag and pull the bag through the open zipper. My corners don't line up. If I line up the top corners, on the bottom there is about 1.5 inch gap between the front of the bag corner and the back of the bag corner. It looks like I am going to have to cut about 1.5 inches off from the front bottom the bag in order to sew around the bag. Did I totally mess this up?

Leah Metzler said...

I love this. Thank you so much for the tutorial!! I made 2 of them. Actually ended up doing mine with flannel and pul. Just happened to be the fabric we liked. I also added 2 small pockets at the bottom on the back for magnets so it sticks to our dishwasher door instead of hitting the floor every time the door is open. I also did pul on the entire back piece inside. And to the previous commenter, it happens because of the zipper. It depends on how much of a seam allowance you do on the zipper and how much you top stitch along the zipper. The smaller the seam allowance and less top stitch, the more you'll have leftover in length at the bottom of the front piece. If that makes sense. Happened to me too. On my 2nd one, I made my front pieces 15" long and had less to cut off.

Evening Moon said...

Talk about a duh moment. I've needed this for years and didn't even know it. What a wonderful idea and easy to follow pattern. I thank you and my family thanks you.


janezee said...

Since I live alone in a tiny house on wheels, with the washer being 3 steps from the kitchen, I don't need this, but I'm thinking that something like this would be great for the car. One compartment for clean and a water bottle, one for dirty. I can see where this would be great for a large family with small children, though.

In return for this and your post on the rolled camp kitchen, (brilliant) (needs toilet paper) I offer you this idea -
I had thought about pockets on the front, but this is so much better, especially for the oven, maybe not so much for the stove unless it's long enough. Anyway, I'll be making the apron soon, the camp roll and travel bag for next summer. Thanks!

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