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Little Dress Clothespin Bag

Little Dress Clothespin Bag
Little Dress Clothespin Bag

I found this in a very old magazine that I bought at the Goodwill store and made a cardboard pattern out of the pattern in the book. I made lots of these clothespin bags which I gave to friends and family as gifts. These were made from fabric scraps, lace, etc. that I had from leftover projects, but you can use whatever you like to make them.


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.

Measurements and Instructions for Little Dress Clothespin Bag


Cut 2 or fold and cut 2:

  • 15 inch long, top to bottom
  • 13 inch wide across at waistline
  • 4 1/2 inch width of each sleeve
  • 14 1/2 inch wide halfway between waistband and hem across
  • 19 inch wide sleeve to sleeve across
  • 15 inch bottom of body across

Cut bottom round on each side.

Back Facing:

  • Cut 1 - 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inch
  • Sew to top of body back (right sides together) even between sleeves.
  • Turn and press to wrong side.

L-shaped piece: (center front facings)

  • Cut 1, reverse and cut another one 7 1/2 x 6 x 3 x 2 x 3 x 5 1/2 inches.
  • Lay (5 1/2 inch sides) facing each other) sides together onto front body at the top at the fold in middle of body.
  • Sew across top and down each 5 1/2 inch side.
  • Cut down between the two facings to end of facings.
  • Make a small cut each side at the bottom so you can turn it.
  • Cut corners, turn to wrong side and press.

Ruffle skirt:

  • 11 1/4 x 8 inch, cut 1 on fold (fold is 8 inch side).
  • Hem edges and bottom of skirt.
  • Add lace to hem.
  • Gather long edge starting about an inch in on each end.
  • Pin gathered skirt to waistline.
  • Sew across.


  • Cut 1, 14 x 2 inch.
  • Press under both long edges.
  • Lay on top of skirt to cover gathers.
  • Sew across both long edges.

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.

You're done.

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.



Little Dress Clothspin Bag

I have done that as well, but used an infant sleeper with zipper front and sewed the bottom shut. The sleeper is the kind with no legs, just a straight bottom. (08/15/2007)

By aitkin

Little Dress Clothspin Bag

A real baby or toddler dress hung on a child's hanger makes a cute clothespin bag. Just stitch the hem closed and hang it up. Since I have all boys I used to take a small shirt, no larger than size 6, button the front then topstitch on either side of the button opening. Then stitch the hem closed and hang it on a kid sized hanger. (08/15/2007)

By MartyD

Little Dress Clothspin Bag

I made a clothespin bag from a child's blouse I got at a garage sale. I sewed that bottom of the blouse closed and I had my clothespin bag.
I love it how simple it was to make and how many clothespins it holds.

Zig (08/17/2007)

By Ziggee

Little Dress Clothspin Bag

I am 65 years old and I remember my mother making these when I was a child. We always used one, as we never left the clothes pins on the line because they would get dirty and leave marks on the clean clothes. Nice to see a little part of my childhood return. It brings back many memories. Thank you for sharing your cute little clothes pin bag. (08/24/2007)

By Danialle

Little Dress Clothspin Bag

Do not have a dress? How about a mans shirt? Works great. Just cut it off and hem. Also, sew the sleeves shut. A short sleeve shirt is what I used. Also, you have the pocket you can use for other things.

Rosemary in OH (04/30/2008)

By meis54

Little Dress Clothspin Bag

This brings back memories. I will be 71 years old this year and I remember when I was growing up that my mother had one of these. She did not like to leave the clothes pins out in all kind of weather to get dirty. We would hang it on the clothes line and slide it along and put the clothes pins in it as we removed the clothes from the line.
Thanks for the memories. (04/30/2008)

By Lula

Little Dress Clothspin Bag

OK here are the measurements:


  • (cut 2)15 inches long top to hem
  • 13 inches wide at waist
  • 4 1/2 inch L sleeve
  • 14 1/2 inches wide halfway between waistband and hem
  • 19 inches wide sleeve to sleeve, across
  • 15 inches bottom of body (cut bottom round on each end)

Back facing

  • (cut 1) 9 1/2 inches x 13 1/2inches, lay this piece on top of back body right sides together. Sew across, turn, and press

L shaped piece, center front facing

  • cut 1 reverse and cut another one, 7 1/2 inches x 6 inches x 3 inches x 2 inches x 3 inches x 5 1/2 inches
  • lay each piece in center of front body (5 1/2 inch sides to meet at center) right sides together
  • sew across top and down each center to end of piece
  • split down the middle between the two pieces
  • clip corners, turn, and press to wrong side

Ruffle skirt

  • cut 1 on fold (fold is short end) 11 1/4inches x 8 inches
  • gather at 11 1/4 inch edge
  • lay on body at waistline
  • pin and sew across


  • 14 inches x 2 inches
  • press both long edges
  • lay on top of gathered skirt to hide gathers
  • pin
  • sew across top and bottom

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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