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
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.
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!
-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
Cut your fabric.
-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”
Fold strap pieces in half, right sides together. Sew across one short end and the long side. Clip corners.
Turn straps right side out (I love my Dritz turning tool). Press. Set aside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flip upper front up, exposing zipper. Press.
Topstitch front pieces along both sides of zipper
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.
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.
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.
Now you’re going to topstitch the lining in place.
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.
Open the zipper at least half way at this point.
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.
Turn the bag right side out through open zipper.
Set snaps at bottom of strap and then again about 1/2” below where the straps end on the bag.
Snap onto your oven door,
And fill up with kitchen laundry.
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:
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.