Dateline: 18 February 2014
|This is the clothespin bag I bought from Linda Holliday. |
It has Classic American clothespins in it.
Note the heavy wire hanging hook, the inner liner...
and the nifty pocket.
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I decided to buy one of Linda’s clothespin bags for my wife. Linda calls them Granny’s Clothespin Bags because they are modeled after the clothespin bags her mother made when she was little. Linda’s clothespin bags are made using recycled fabrics (like I did with those little Pendleton Teddy bear shirts I made). I think they’re very reasonably priced for a handcrafted product.
"My mother began teaching me to sew at about age 11 on my great-grandmother's Singer treadle. Before that, I could only use a needle and thread—until my mother was brave enough to let me sew on her machine. As I recall, my first project was a Raggedy Ann doll, and I only sewed through my finger once.
My mother never had an electric sewing machine until she was almost 50. In my opinion, even with all their fancy stitches, a typical electric sewing machine for home use cannot compare to the strength and reliability of the old treadles."
I suspect that a lot of women reading this can relate to learning to sew from their mother and the superiority of a good treadle sewing machine. I asked Linda if she sewed in home economics class in high school. I figured she probably did because I think it was required (back in the day), though not for boys. Most of the boys took wood-shop. I made a paper towel holder that my mother cherished and used for the rest of her life. Here’s what Linda said about home economics class…
"Funny you asked about Home Ec. Yes, I took the class, and sewing was my favorite segment. We lived in the country and my mother didn't drive, so I had to rely on a neighbor woman to go to the fabric store for the materials for our first sewing project -- a smock top. I bet Marlene remembers those. They weren't figure-flattering at all. But I suspect we had to learn to make one because the project offered the opportunity to learn to gather, sew on decorative binding and match seams, etc. Anyway, my neighbor picked out red rickrack and Raggedy Ann fabric. The fabric had a white background and then colorful, cartoonish Raggedy Anns all over it. It would've been cute if I was 6, but I was in high school. I wore it anyway, and even showed it to my neighbor. She was quite pleased, as I recall."
My Granny’s Clothespin Bag will hold 100 of my handcrafted Classic American clothespins. They are beefier than the imported, junk clothespins you get from the dollar-store. Linda says the bags will hold a couple hundred of those el-cheapos.
I know you shouldn’t leave a clothespin bag outdoors in the weather, but what about when it’s not being used? Linda told me she hangs hers on a hook inside a closet door. I like that... a place for everything, and everything in its place.
A Sad But True Story From Linda Holliday:
"I stopped in a Walmart recently just to check the quality and price of their clothespin bags. I couldn't find them so I asked an employee, a woman of about 60. She said they no longer carry them. She said customers would ask her, "What's a clothespin bag?"
And while I’m on this matter of recommendations, I want to let it be known that I have never taken money for any product review or recommendation on this blog… unless, that is, you click on a link that takes you to Amazon.com. When you do that, and make a purchase, I get a little commission on the sale. If you’re curious, it amounts to around $200 a year.