Facecloth storage bin tutorial.

I’ve been thinking about Futuregirl’s facecloths for quite some time now. Yesterday, a light bulb appeared next to my thoughts. This light bulb told me that our family would need a face cloth storage bin to replace our paper towel rack if we were to properly transition from paper to cloth. (You have to love illuminated moments.) Something like A Spoonful of Sugar’s Hanging trash bin for the car. It was on.

To make the facecloths, I followed Futuregirl’s tutorial using a very heavy fabric brought to me from Tanzania by my sister. The fabric is a favorite that I have been saving for something just like this– something more present in daily life than a pair of shorts. Granted, there is a sentimental value to having my sister with me every time I need to clean up a mess or wipe down the counters.

I made about 15 facecloths from the fabric measuring approximately 12′ by 12′. Then I put a special bin under the sink for dirty facecloths and dirty handmade kitchen linens.

Since this is my first sewing tutorial, I forgot to take photos. Because I didn’t realize this would be my first sewing tutorial until after the fact. I’ll do better next time. Promise.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • External fabric – 14.5 inches x 15. inches cut of sturdy fabric that matches your kitchen decor
  • Lining fabric – 14.5 inches x 15.5 inches cut of lighter, complimentary fabric as a liner
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Scissors
  • 18′ of boning (I used Mary’s black corset boning)
  • Fabric tie – 8 inches of strong ribbon no thicker than 3 inches (I used white linen ribbon)
  • Optional – a few cuts of lining scraps to decorate the exterior fabric

DIRECTIONS:

You will be sewing what is essentially a fabric cone. Since I don’t have photos (lesson learned), we’ll have to get cerebral. Your top edge (A) and bottom edge (B) will be the the 14.5 inch cut. Your side edges will be the 15.5 inch cut.

If you plan to decorate your bin with a few scraps lining scraps (which is what I chose to do), then this would be the time to sew them on to the exterior fabric. Scatter them anywhere except close to the fabric edges.

Now you can begin assembling. Turn both fabrics inside out and sew them together along the top edge (A) and side edges, leaving the bottom edge open. Backstitch to secure. Trim off extra fabric remaining next to your stitches to make the sewing scene smoother.

Turn fabric back onto the right side; your inside-out moments are over. Make sure that you have pressed a finger into the corners to tease them out.

Now prepare to make the cone. Keep your lining fabric is on the outside. Fold the fabric, bringing the side edges together with the lining fabric facing out. Sew the side edges together and backstitch to secure. Stitch down the bottom edge and trim way extra fabric. Turn your bag “inside out” so that your exterior fabric is on the exterior again. And all is well with the world. You have a bag shape.

Set your boning inside the top of your bag (about half an inch away from top edge) and arrange it so that the ends meet at the seam. Trim away extra boning and stitch it down. You are almost finished.

Size your ribbon– fold it and see how much “hang” you desire for your bin. Now fold your ribbon so that the ends overlap (you can pin if you prefer) and stitch it down over the spot where the boning and seams meet. I used two stitches– one directly under the boning wire and one directly over the boning wire– to secure the ribbon. Backstitch and pat yourself on the back.
Now you can put your facecloth stash into your facecloth storage bin and feel a little more green about the day-to-day.

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