The need for a downstairs laundry bag has been apparent for quite some time. Our laundry room is located in our downstairs half bath, and I got in the bad habit of piling up smelly, dirty, damp kitchen towels on the floor. Then one day, I picked up the pile to find that a massive crew of ants had made themselves at home. I could put this project off no longer. Another post on dealing with ant infestations without buying expensive and poisonous products is soon to follow.
The bulk of the cost for this product came from the beautiful fabric that I bought for it while visiting Melissa. It made me think of France for some reason and I couldn’t wait to turn it into something useful. For hardware we bought black piping at Lowes for next to nothing. The whole project took about 4.5 hours. Most of that was spent sewing. The project time would be cut to about half an hour if you used an already constructed bag. Any cloth tote would work. You could just cut the straps to be ties or add ties to it. I, of course, decided to go on a sewing adventure. Here is what happened:
DIY Hanging Laundry Bag
What you will need:
- Two metal floor flanges (make sure that all piping matches – we went with 1/2 in piping)
- Two pieces of pipe for the left and right sides, and one piece for the front (your pipes will attach to the wall so you only need three sides)
- two elbow connecting pipes (see photo above for visual – all of the metal pieces can be found in the plumbing section of Lowes in black or silver color for a few bucks)
- Fabric (1.5 or 2 yards should do depending on your bag size)
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
- metal screws
- plastic screws
- power drill
- soap and water
- Use soap and water to wash metal pipes. This is key. Mine were filthy.
- Connect piping by screwing pieces into each other as seen above and take exact measurements of your hardware. The sides of your laundry bag should be about as long as the sides of your piping.
- Sewing your laundry bag
- I winged this. See the Make It Love It blog for really clear instructions for how to make a reversible laundry bag. Her instructions could easily be simplified to do a non-reversible bag.
- First I cut out my pieces (notice I forgot the bottom at first!)
- I then sewed all four sides together making sure I lined up my tops to be even.
- Next I added the bottom sewing along one edge and then the other. This was tricky as it was my first time ever sewing corners. It would have been much easier if I had found Make It Love It first. My corners weren’t great but not bad for a first time.
- Next I sewed the ties by cutting out eight pieces of 2in by 6 in, folding them in thirds hot dog style and then sewing them down the center with my sewing machine. This sadly proved to be the end of my sewing machine’s needle after it hit a pin, but luckily this occurred on the last tie!
- Next I sewed two ties onto each corner by hand.
- The last bit was simple. I held up the piping with my magnetic level attached to the front bar to make sure it was straight, and drew circles where my plastic screws needed to go. If you are trying to put fewer holes in your wall, attach the piping to a small piece of wood and then attach the wood to your wall with only two screws. Finding and using a stud for this could be helpful.
- I then drilled holes into said circles, slipped in the plastic screws, held the metal piece back up, and drilled it into the wall using metal screws that matched the plastic screws. Lastly, I tied my laundry bag to the metal bar and my downstairs laundry bag was ready to go!
Remember how I said that fabric felt French to me? That was before I knew that there was already a drink called a French Laundry! I found the recipe at the Cocktail
Virgin Slut where the authors proudly drink and tell. There was only one problem. I didn’t have St. Germain or Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur. Ok, there were two problems. Purchasing either of those was not in my budget this month. Luckily, I knew that my friend Brian had some St. Germain, so we headed off to dinner at his house in hope of making something similar. Upon arrival however, we discovered that he not only didn’t have Luxardo, but he also didn’t have gin! Luckily, Melissa was visiting, and she brilliantly adapted the recipe using Rye and Pernod to create a Sazerac-esque drink inspired by the French Laundry. Melissa’s last bit of brilliance was to think up the perfect name:
French New Orleans Laundry
- 1 1/2 oz
Citadelle GinRye (we used Bulleit)
- 3/4 oz St. Germain
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino LiqueurSplash of Pernod
- 3 dashes Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters
Rinse glasses with Pernot (pour a splash in, swirl it around and then pour remaining liquid into the next glass – repeat with all glasses). Add remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously until shaker becomes cold. Strain into coupe glasses. Enjoy!
The drink was a major success. To quote our good friend Dan, “It’s the perfect way to dip your toes into Absinthe.” The lime brought a summery flavor to this drink with wintery potential.