Sometimes I just really want pretty things, even if it makes no sense to anyone else at all, even if no one else is ever going to see it...ever.
Recently I was in need of a new laundry sorter for our bedroom, for separating our dirty laundry. We had one from Wal-Mart that was more than 5 years old, and probably only cost about $15 at the time. Five years of laundry had taken a toll on the bags, and they were tearing, and becoming more difficult to lift out and carry downstairs.
I'm being, like, a total laundry spaz, but I decided I wanted to save us the money, spare the world some trash, and make something pretty...even if it's only ever going to see dirty clothes. I do a lot of laundry. I mean, if I go one whole day without washing anything, it multiplies somehow into a whole week's worth of laundry. If I'm lucky enough to go a whole weekend, without doing any laundry at all. I end up doing laundry from dawn to dusk on Monday (with some spill over into Tuesday). Why shouldn't I see something pretty while I wash?
So welcome to my first ever refurbishing project!!
Old (or new if you don't already have one) laundry sorter
Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch, Gloss Spray Paint - my color was Seaside
Plastic bags and packing or painter's tape to cover the wheels
For the laundry bags:
Caron One Pound, Soft Sage -2 skeins, approximately 28 ounces used
Crochet hook, J-6mm
Terms and abbreviations to know:
ch, chs - chain, chains
st, sts - stitch, stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sk - skip
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
Notes: This pattern is worked from the bottom, up. The bottom of the bag is worked in turning rows. The turning chs will not count as sts, so begin by working first st of new row into the last st of the last row. That pattern is made based on the measurements of the bags the came with my laundry sorter - approximately 15.5 x 8.5 inches on the bottom, and 26 inches tall
**Edit** Since posting this pattern, I have removed 4 rnds to shorten them. You can make whatever length you would like, but I noticed mine stretching out quite a bit, so that they are sagging when emptied. Mine are rarely empty, so no big deal, but you might want yours to look a bit neater.
Here is my before; just a boring old laundry sorter, 5 years old and tearing...nothing remarkable to see here. The two bottom pipes fell off while carrying it downstairs, but I put them back in place for the painting!
Getting ready to paint, I used sandwich bags and packing tape over the wheels; nothing fancy. I did not see the sense in taking the thing apart for such a project, and just painted it, whole.
I sprayed over every part, careful of which way the wind was blowing! This paint was thick and vibrant, and didn't even need a second coat!
I just love this color! I sprayed carefully over each part, without even moving the rack. I didn't worry about the very bottom. No one will be turning over our dirty laundry to see if I painted the bottom of the rack. I had to be careful with some of the angles, making sure I got each corner and turn, but I found that this paint still works quite well when turning the can around and on its side!
Once, I painted it, I set off to making my bags! This pattern works up very quickly and uses almost two full Caron One Pound skeins for 3 bags.
I won't be able to tell you of their sturdiness for at least another 5 years. ;-) But I believe they will be much less likely to tear!
Laundry Sorter Bag Pattern
If you have the same three-part sorter I have, you are going to need to make three of these.
Basically you want to use one for all your whites, a whole 'nother one for your colors, a third for your, uh, delicates. And that would be your bras and your under...panty...things.
First, I measured the original bags. They were rectangular bags, measuring approximately 26 inches tall, and 15.5 x 8.5 inches along the bottom. Your bags may be different, but have no fear! This pattern can be easily adjusted and adapted to suite your needs. You could even turn it into a smaller produce or grocery bag if you'd like!
Row 1: turn and dc into the 3rd ch from hook, dc in 21 remaining chs; 22 sts
Rows 2-25: ch 2 and turn, dc in each st across; 22 sts
Do not turn work. Begin working in rnds.
Rnd 1: sc 148 evenly around the rectangle, about 2 sts per dc down the sides, 22 sts across the top and bottom, and 1 extra st in each corner, join with sl st to first st; 148 sts
Rnd 2: ch 6, sk next 3 sts, (dc in next st, ch 3, sk next 3 sts)36x, join with sl st into the 3rd ch of beginning ch-6; 37 ch-3 sps
Rnds 3-30: sl st into ch-3 sp, ch 6, (dc into next ch-3 sp, ch 3)36x, join with sl st into the 3rd ch of beginning ch-6; 37 ch-3 sps
Rnd 31: ch 1, sc in same ch as joining st, 3 sc around the next 3 chs, (sc in next st, 3 sc in ch-3 sp)36x, join with sl st to first st; 148 sts
Rnd 32: ch 1, sc in same st as joining st, sc in next 12 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 21 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 47 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 21 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 34 sts, join with sl st to first st; 136 sts and 4 ch-3 sps
The last 2 rnds will be worked in the opposite direction, with wrong side facing.
Rnd 33: ch 1 and TURN, sc in same st as joining st, sc in next 34 sts, 3 sc in the ch-3 sp, sc in next 21 sts, 3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next 47 sts, 3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next 21 sts, 3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next 12 sts, do not join, but just continue to final rnd; 148 sts
Rnd 34: sc in each st around; 148 sts
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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