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You can easily make clothespin bags from recycled childrens' clothing. Use a piece of clothing that opens in the front (dress, shirt, or romper). I find that short sleeves work best. Turn inside out. You may need to shorten the garment depending on how long it is. Decide how far down you want the opening of the bag. Sew the front of the garment closed and sew a straight seam at the bottom of the opening. Cut off any excess if necessary and sew the sleeves shut. Insert a small hanger and fill with clothespins.
The size of clothing varies with the size of clothespin bag you want. I find that a 9mo - 2 works best for me.
I've been living frugually most of my life and loving it. Always trying to find ways of saving money. My clothes pin bag was worn out and I found a free sewing pattern on a website.
I bought a tea towel for $1.00 at an estate sale. What is needed to complete the project is a wooden hanger. I had one hanging in my closet so I asked my husband to cut the ends to shorten it for the clothes pin bag.
By Marge from NY
If you have a leftover toddler's dress or buy one at a garage sale, here's a cute way to recycle it into a clothespin holder.
All you have to do is sew the bottom straight across and and insert the clothes hanger in top and hang on your clothes line, but don't forget to bring in from the bad weather.
By Sandy from Bluff City, TN.
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Here are questions related to Making a Clothespin Bag.
Anyone out there have a easy pattern for a clothes pin holder?
Hi, I used a size two boy's shirt. Just stitch up the bottom and you have an adorable clothespin bag.
I need something to hold my wooden clothespins and keep them dry outside. I need to be able to easily open and close it and easily get my hand inside to grab a few clothespins. Any creative ideas, e.g. recycling another item? Thanks.
By Dolna Garbary08/08/2011
Thanks everyone for the great ideas! I'm about designate an apron as my clothespin holder. Would like to try the milk jug idea too, but I haven't seen 4L milk jugs lately but will keep an eye out for them. I like the ziploc idea too, but the ones that I buy have too short a lifespan before the zipper stops working.
My mother used to have a clothes bag for clothes pins when she hung her clothes out on the line to dry. Does anyone have a pattern for it? I would really appreciate it.
By Jann from Union, OR
If you know how to crochet, go to myrecycledbags.com they have a great one to make using plarn(cutting up plastic grocery bags) I made mine a few years ago and its still going strong! I even used the same pattern but using cut up tshirts as "yarn" as well. It came out looking great!
Is it possible to get a pattern for the old fashion dress clothes pin holder? My mother made many of these as gifts years ago, but she said I lost part of her pattern. I don't remember.
I feel crushed because I know how important this pattern was to her. She made hers from a paper bag. If you can let me know where to find one that would be great. Thank you.
By Lori from Bellflower, CA
Does anyone have a pattern for a knitted clothespin bag that hangs on the line!
By Betty (Guest Post)07/13/2005
Here's a crochet one:
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|Little Dress Clothespin Bag|
I received lots of compliments on how cute they were. They are very easy to make and I love to make anything easy.
Another way to make these if you don't have a pattern is to use little girl's dresses and sew up the bottom, works best with a "V" neck so you can hang it up with a wire or plastic hanger.
Use a simple dress and take it apart, make a pattern so you can make lots of these clothespins bags.
Hope you enjoy making these as much as I did. Thanks.
Cut 2 or fold and cut 2:
L-shaped piece: (center front facings)
After you attach everything to body pieces. Pin both bodies right sides together and sew around (starting 4 inches in at shoulder). I sew mine twice for strength. Turn bag right side out and press. Fold over each facing and press down then add a button to each side.
I hope this makes sense to you. I'm trying very hard to get this info to all who inquired about these bags.
By Marian from Danville, VA
Editor's Note: Thanks so much for the instructions. We look forward to seeing photos of the completed projects from our crafty readers.
Rosemary in OH (04/30/2008)
L shaped piece, center front facing
Sew two bodies together starting at 4 inches from end of sleeve; sew all way around (twice for strength). Turn and press. Turn back top facing pieces and press. Add a button to each side.
You are done!
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