Tutorials


Below I put up links to the tutorials you can find on my blog, so they're easier to find.

Rainbow Laundry Rack


This is the pdf-file describing how to make my beautiful rainbow laundry rack. Have fun with it!
It's not hard to make this rack, although it does take some time. The biggest advantage of building something yourself is that you can adapt the dimensions and colors to suit your wishes. And doesn't it just give an enormous sense of satisfaction to say: 'I made that, all by myself!'
The pdf contains step by step instructions, from cutting timber, over staining the wood, to assembling all the pieces.
You end up with a beautiful, practical drying rack that holds two loads of laundry, with room for smaller garments on the sides, and larger pieces in the center. I hang all my laundry on it, except for sheets and table cloths. I should add a short video of it unfolding and folding in, because it's so much fun to do and watch.
I get a lot of compliments on my pretty laundry rack, and it just makes hanging the laundry even more enjoyable!
It also doubles as a playing tent or magic gate for the children. Only trouble is they sometimes take it for a climbing rack, too. So far i has withstood their alpinist adventures, though the glue on a few of the joints has come loose.



Wooden Laundry Rack/ Houten Droogrek

Here you can find the pfd-file describing how to make your own simple wooden laundry rack. En dit is de nederlandstalige versie.
The rack I built in the pictures offers 7,5m (27 ft 7'') of 'washing line', on a floor surface of 66 x 45 cm (26'' x 18''). It's 130 cm (51'') high. Folded it measures just 15 x 60 x 66 cm (6'x24'x26'), so it's easy to store away. The big advantage of this type of rack is that it offers a lot of line for a very small ground surface. The disadvantage of this is that it is less suited for 'large laundry' like long jeans or sheets. I do use it for everything from T-shirts (even my husband's large ones) to kitchen towels.

The instructions are pictures from my sketchbook, with step by step handwritten instructions and lots of hand-drawn diagrams to explain the process. Instructions are given in standard metric and imperial timber sizes, but there is also a full page explaining how to easily adapt the measurements of your rack to your own needs. For example: I built the rack in the pictures 26 " wide so it would fit a little unused nook in my living room, which I can now use to dry laundry (and believe me, with four kids in the house it gets a lot of use!).

When you build your own stuff, you can really customize to perfection: consider using color, or pyrography to make your rack unique.

This is NOT a woodworking workshop, I expect you to know some basic skills, like how to handle a jigsaw and electric drill. That being said it's not a difficult project, the most important skill you'll need is patience.

Knitting Duffel Bag (links broken, will fix them sometime)


When I designed a duffel bag to make for my kids, I made a smaller scale version for myself first, as a trial. The resulting bag is a perfect knitting bag. The tutorial is in Dutch and there are no pattern pieces, because I really only made it to help myself along when making the kids' larger duffel bags. I had a lot of fun making this bag, and now enjoy using it as my knitting bag. It fits the long needles and all the wool and patterns for a project perfectly. In the little zippered pocket on the inside I keep a small pair of scissors, tapestry needles and a pencil. The ruffled side pockets hold the leftover yarn from previous projects, so I can do some quick mending when necessary.

Part 1 Cutting the inside parts, sewing the flush zip pocket and embroidering the label.

 

Part 2 Cutting the outside parts and embroidering the birdies pocket.

 

Part 3 Trying to insert the zipper and failing miserably.

 

Part 4 Having a second go at the zipper and succeeding.

 

Part 5 Making the side panels and the elastic ruffle side pockets.

 

Part 6 Assembling the side and bottom panels and attaching the handles.

 

Part 7 Assembling the bag and using piped edging.




I have already gotten a lot of pleasure from this tutorial made just for me, but in the spirit of sharing, I intend on making a new photo tutorial, with pattern pieces for the large version while I'm making my third duffel bag. I finally figured out some issues with the zipper and should really document the solutions I came up with.


 

 

 


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