Wash Me!

Wash Me – Personalized Laundry Bag

Yeah!  My personalized Disney Alphabet laundry bag tutorial has just been posted on Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial.  It was a fun and enjoyable project.  Those alphabet characters are cute as can be.  I felt like a real in-the-know and up-to-date Nana when I recognized most of characters.  I’m studying up on the others.

Check out the post for detailed construction and embroidery instructions.  If you  find it interesting or useful, I’d really appreciate a comment left on the blog.

Like dishtowels, my favorite hostess or whatever gift, a laundry bag can be used even if it’s not in the recipient’s favorite colors.  It’s good for children, campers, college students and even adults.  I meant to make one for my elderly Aunt Aileen when she moved into a nursing home.  Sadly, she left us before I got it made but I know she would have loved it.

“Laundry bag” sounds so utilitarian and boring.  But they can be a fun and gentle reminder for children (and others) to bag up those dirty clothes.  For each of my grandchildren I have made a bag and they are used regularly.  When she was here for the weekend, 3 yo Vivian Rose asked where her laundry bag was as she put on her pajamas. With no reminder, she put that day’s outfit in the bag and went to brush her teeth.

 

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My sewing buddy, Aunt Rheeta, made bags for each of her college bound granddaughters.  One is denim, the other pink, but the design is the same, except for the monogram.

 

for her granddaughter, a Princess of Quite a Lot of Laundry

for her granddaughter, a Princess of Quite a Lot of Laundry

 

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Judy Day made this bag for her daughter.  She used a mesh-like fabric and really cute embroideries.

 

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One of my favorite bags is this one, made for my daughter.  It’s one of many projects inspired by the incredibly creative Sue Lord.  When our Rebecca finished graduate school, she became a career girl.  She bought a little house, a washer and a dryer.  Giving her this bag signaled the end of the “bringing laundry home to Mama” era.  She loved it.

 

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Mothers, grandmothers, and aunties have forever made laundry bags for their loved ones.  I treasure this antique, hand embroidered baby sack, made for a beloved little boy.  You can’t tell from the picture, but the embroidery has faded to the palest blue.

 

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Christmas is just around the corner.  I bet there is someone on your list who could use a laundry bag.  It’s a quick and easy gift.

 

 

One response to “Wash Me!

  1. My oldest daughter was given an embroidered laundry bag as a gift this year. I thought it was such a sweet idea, and it touched my heart that it was made for her! Love seeing the things that you’ve been doing, Janice.

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