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DIY Laundry Room Supplies: {Projects & Patterns}

Here’s an assortment of different laundry bags/hampers and ironing board covers you can make (all free tutorials). I also added a tip at the bottom of the page for cleaning a clogged iron. I’ll be adding more goodies to this collection as I find them, enjoy!

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emmyloubeedoo.blogspot.com

emmyloubeedoo.blogspot.com

Hoop-Style [1]: Another vintage pillowcase idea, this one has an embroidery hoop attached at top to keep it open.

Fine Washables Pouch [2]: Made with two coordinating fabrics, this pouch has a strap.

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

curbly.com

curbly.com

Ring Handles [3]: A quick and easy project made with a yard of fabric and 2 plastic purse handles.

Drawstring [4]: Made with an old pillowcase and a fat quarter of coordinating fabric.

incolororder.blogspot.com

incolororder.blogspot.com

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

For The Dorm [5]: Made with medium-weight cotton duck and features an outer zipped pocket to hold money.

Basket Liner [6]: A fabric liner that has pockets for stashing socks and other small items.

heartspunimagery.typepad.com

heartspunimagery.typepad.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Bandannas [7]: Four bandannas are stitched together (or more for a larger size), ties closed with a cord (drawstring closure).

Personalized [8]: This shows how to personalize it by using a DIY stencil or fusing fabric letters.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

freckledlaundry.com

freckledlaundry.com

Ruched Ruffle Strip [9]: Uses good quality cotton fabric. The ruched ruffle tutorial is on this page [10].

Framed & On Wheels [11]: This clever diy project is made with two framed window screens, wood, screws, wood glue and four casters.

countryhome.com

countryhome.com

Vintage (1944):

ExampleMaterials:

3/4 yard Printed Cotton

J. & P. Coats Percale Bias Trim, single fold

Coat Hanger

J. & P. Coats or Clark’s O.N.T. Mercerized Sewing Thread in matching colors, or Best Six Cord in white

Cutting Directions:

1 piece — 18″ x 36″
2 pieces — 7″ x 17 1/2″

(1/2″ allowed for seams)

  1. Place 7″ x 17 1/2″ pieces (top section) wrong sides together.
  2. To shape top edge, place a hanger along edge, draw around outside curve and cut along outline.
  3. Cut one piece in half up the center and hem cut edges 1/4″ and press.
  4. Baste the 2 small pieces against the one whole piece, right sides together, and stitch across the top and down the sides, turn to right side and press.
  5. To make bag section, stitch selvage edges of 18″ x 36″ piece together (right sides together) to within 6″ from top edge and press.
  6. With selvage seam at center front, stitch across bottom edge, turn to right side and press.
  7. Gather top edge of bag section.
  8. Baste and stitch top section to bag section, raw edge to raw edge (right sides together).
  9. Baste and stitch both edges of bias trim across front 3″ from top edge and repeat this over seam line, allowing 10″ to extend at each side of center opening for ties.
  10. To finish ties, top stitch 10″ of bias to wrong side of each tie. Insert hanger.

Source: J. & P. Coats Gift Bazaar Sewing Suggestions (1944)

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33stitches.blogspot.ca

33stitches.blogspot.ca

Patchwork [12]: Use a basic pattern or the current cover to make a base, this will add some durability to the piece.

How To [13]: All you need is your tired old cover to remove the casing from and sew to the new one. How slick is that!

u-handbag.typepad.com

u-handbag.typepad.com

purlbee.com

purlbee.com

Recovered [14]: Shares two different methods for making this.

Tutorial [15]: Sew a pretty cover by making a template from the ironing board.

jonag.typepad.com

jonag.typepad.com

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

Jazzy [16]: Made with two coordinating fabrics and cording or ribbon (to gather bottom edge).

Portable [17]: Made with a piece of plywood, batting scraps (for 2 layers), quilting cotton and a staple gun.

acraftyfox.net

acraftyfox.net

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Is your steam iron acting a little sputtery and doing an inconsistent job? It’s probably just clogged with mineral and lime deposits, all it takes is a simple cleaning job to get it back to like-new shape.

UnpluggedHere’s how to fix it (plus a few more tips & goodies):

Regular Maintenance:

Removing Melted Plastic:

Some Nice Treats: