Have you ever noticed how convenient it is to have a place for the clothespins, on wash day? Would you like to learn to make a clothespin bag ?

How to make another gift. A very useful clothespin bag (Fig. 90) for mother can be easily made with a hammock hook and some ticking. Mrs. Allen says she cannot keep house without hers. Did you learn about ticking when you studied cotton materials?

Pillow covers and mattresses are made of it, as it is heavy and strong and wears very well. Put a piece in your cotton sample book. It is woven 36 inches wide and costs from 12 1/2 cents up. Notice the weave. It is twilled or striped or herringbone weave.

Denim or any heavy material can be used. A square piece is necessary, 28 X 28 inches.

Hem. First turning, 1/4 inch; second turning, one inch. Stitch on machine. Miter the corners. The corners are to be sewed securely with heavy linen thread to the four corners of the hammock hook (Fig. 90). The hook is hung on the clothesline, and it is very easy and handy to push along as the clothes are hung up. If one wishes, the bag can be decorated with a catch stitch.

How to make the catch stitch or herringbone stitch. This stitch can be used for decoration or for catching the edges of a seam or hem. Grandmother Allen used to use it on her own flannel petticoats and on baby Alice's flannel skirts. After the plain seam is made, it is opened flat and the edges are caught with the loose catch stitch. It is really a flannel stitch, because, as the flannel may shrink a little, the stitch allows for this, and holds the hem flat. Flannel hems do not have the first turning as it is so thick. The catch stitch is then used to hold the hem. Can you bring one of baby's petticoats to show the class how it looks?

Fig. 90.   The clothespin bag.

Fig. 90. - The clothespin bag.

The same stitch is used for decoration too. We shall use it for that purpose on the clothespin bag, before we sew the corners to the hook.

The stitch is made from left to right. We can use the machine stitching for a guide. We shall use the stitch on the right side. It resembles cross-stitch. It is really a series of back stitches placed alternately above and below the guide line. The spaces between stitches should be the same and the stitches below the guide line opposite the spaces above (Fig. 91). This causes the thread to slant and makes the cross, as it is worked from left to right. To start, draw needle to right side about 1/8 inch below the line of machine stitch. The first back stitch is taken 1/8 inch above the machine stitching. This will make the slanting line, as the stitch is 1/4 inch beyond the starting place. The second stitch is taken below the line; and the directions as above are followed so that stitches come opposite the spaces, above and below. In finishing an old thread, take two or three small stitches on wrong side. In beginning a new thread, draw up as at the start, so as to form the correct cross on the right side.

Fig. 91.   The catch stitch.

Fig. 91. - The catch stitch.

Exercises And Problems

1. This herringbone or catch stitch can be used in many places. Can you suggest any ?

2. Draw a picture of this stitch on the blackboard

3. Show some neighbor how to make this stitch.