Thursday, August 25, 2011

Crochet-Lingerie Bag

I used to have a basic utilitarian lace bag that I would wash my delicates in.  It was a bag that my mom bought a long time ago that I ended up stealing from her when I was in high school. :-) I never really thought about how necessary it was until it broke.  The zipper broke and I actually had to cut it open to get my laundry out.  That happened 2 or 3 years ago and I have had to purchase delicate items more frequently since. I was in need of another bag and I saw a really cute lingerie bag pattern in this book:

So I made it.  It turned out o.k....  but when I went to use it, it was completely non-functional.  The opening at the top was closed by ties in 3 different places and it left open these large gaps that allowed my delicates to escape in the washer!!  So I have now moved 'said' lingerie bag down to the craft room and it is currently holding yarn :-)  I don't even think that I took pictures...

A few weeks ago, I got the crochet itch and decided to tackle the lingerie bag again, this time I was just going to make it up as I went along and use leftover yarn that I had laying around the house, which means it was free to make.  I decided to make both the front and back out of 9 granny squares each and my initial plan was to make a large flap and have it close "envelope style".  BUT my girl, Jess, suggested to make it draw string.  Perfect!   It worked for the utility of it and it meant much less crocheting that I had to do.  

I used mostly organic cottons that I had leftover from baby booties and things that I have made for gifts.  They were all in light neutral colors, which was exactly what I needed.  And I crocheted all of the granny squares together with a white acrylic yarn.  I would have preferred another cotton yarn, but I didn't have any in a light color, so I just went with what I had.  It turned out great and the best part is that it is 100% functional.  In fact, it is in the dryer right now with all of its contents still intact!!

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