The following is a post from contributing writer Jackie.
Hanging laundry on the line is something I enjoy. Being outdoors seems to make the task of doing laundry more bearable. With 7 people in our family, one of whom is in cloth diapers, there’s definitely plenty of laundry.
A few years ago I was using a plastic bag to hold my clothespins. My mom must have felt sorry for me because she made me a fabric clothespin bag. I later modified her idea and made a simple clothespin bag out of a placemat.
While I love my clothespin bags I thought it might be fun to take a look around my home and see what items I could use to make another clothespin bag for free. I accomplished this task and ended up with 3 “new” clothespin bags.
If you are in need of something to hold your clothespins, then maybe one of these ideas will suit your taste, budget, and sewing skills. You can make any of these bags in 15 minutes or less.
- Sewing Machine
- Hand Towel, Blue Jeans, or Baby Sleeper
Hand Towel Clothespin Bag Instructions
To make this clothespin bag you will need a hand towel and a hanger with a bar at the bottom. I chose a hand towel that was approximately 15 inches by 25 inches.
1. Unfold the towel and lay the hanger on top of it near one short end. Fold that short end of the towel over the bar of the hanger 2 1/2 inches. Pin it to the portion of the towel that is under the hanger.
2. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch the folded portion to the rest of the hand towel.
3. Fold the bottom of the hand towel up 9 inches to make a pocket. Pin along the left and right sides of the towel.
4. Again, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch the two sides of the hand towel that you pinned in Step 4.
You can stop at this point and your clothespin bag could be finished.
However, if you think the pocket is gaping too much then you can sew a seam down the center of the pocket.
The pocket might be a good idea if you have two different types of clothespins you wanted to keep separate, or like I said, you thought the pocket was gaping too much without the seam. Here’s a look inside.
Blue Jean Clothespin Bag Instructions
To make this bag you need an old pair of blue jeans and a hanger with clips.
1. Cut the blue jeans below the zipper so you have about 13 inches from top to bottom.
2. Turn the blue jeans inside out and sew the bottom closed. I used my serger but you can use a sewing machine.
3. Turn the jeans right side out and attach the hanger with clips to the back of the jeans.
Baby Clothes Clothespin Bag Instructions
To make this clothespin bag you will need a baby sleeper and a child-sized hanger. I chose a 6-9 months sleeper that my daughter had outgrown and that had a set-in stain. A baby polo shirt would work as well and wouldn’t require any cutting.
1. Cut the sleeper above the legs just above a snap.
2. Turn the sleeper wrong side out and sew the bottom closed. I used a serger but you can use a regular sewing machine.
3. Turn the sleeper right side out and slip a hanger inside. Keep the top snap open to make it easier to reach your clothespins.
As you can see you don’t have to spend any money or much time to have a functional clothespin bag.
Do you have a clothesline? What do you use to hold your clothespins? Do any of these ideas appeal to you?