There are times when quite frankly, the only appropriate response is a 'self head slap', or 'le sigh' from someone else. And this was one of those occasions. Now I should say that violence is certainly not the answer, but sometimes, I despair. Let me take you back, about a year ago . . . . (cue whoozy music and squiggly lines) . . . .
Like many people, there are certain items that I like to wash in a mesh lingerie bag to protect said items when in the washing machine. As well as the usual underwears that need a little bag to protect them in the wash, I also knit socks, small shawls and gloves that to be washed carefully:
And dye my own yarn, which needs a good wash after dyeing:
And that means that I really could do with a larger/second laundry bag. Easy peasy I hear you shout. Just stop off in the laundry section of your local supermarket, and pick one up. Cheap as chips. Problems solved! Well, sort of. When I got home and opened the bag, this is what I had purchased:
It is huge (over one metre of mesh fabric). And has no zips - just a drawstring at the top. I know, I know, the details were all on the packaging - but seriously, who knew lingerie bags came in different sizes?? So, not what I wanted at all. As a result, it sat in the laundry room for over a year whilst I decided what to do (yep, I know, you are way ahead of me here, just give me a chance to catch up). And then I decided (get ready to shake your head in disbelief at this) to go and buy some white. mesh. fabric. to make my own lingerie bags. There are times when I really wonder about my sanity. I'VE GOT A METRE OF MESH IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM.
Well, I got there eventually, and this is what I made:
I made four bags out of that one large bag, all zippered up, and it took less than time than, well, not much time at all! I took these photos on my cutting mat which is the size of a fat quarter, so I have one quite large one - half the size of the original, one half that size (so a quarter size of the original) and two halved again (one eighth the size of the original). I am thrilled at this 're-purposing', and cannot believe how long it took for the thought to perculate :)
And here is my ratty 'one and only' bag that I have been using for years (on the right) next to one of the smallest ones that I have just made (on the left). Incidentally, I tend to also wash zippers (with cotton side bits), some trims, petersham etc., etc., so I know that these bags will get a good workout!
What about you? What is your 'doh! sewing moment'?