How to Make Your Own Clothespin Bag

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    Sew an Easy Hanging Bag for Clothespins

    Clothespin Bag Filled with Clothespins
    Mollie Johanson

    Drying clothes outdoors on a line instead of in a dryer saves energy and gives clothing a fresh outside smell. Keep your clothespins handy with this DIY bag that can hang conveniently on the line.

    Sewing a clothespin bag is fast and simple, requiring only the most basic of sewing knowledge. From start to finish, this project takes only 30 minutes. Featuring two contrasting fabric patterns, your bag can easily be customized to fit your style, whether that's vintage, modern, or simply fun. This would make a great housewarming gift, including a clothesline and clothespins!

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  • 02 of 06

    Clothespin Bag Supplies and Tools

    DIY Clothespin Bag Supplies
    Mollie Johanson

    Supplies

    • 1/2 yard cotton fabric - for outside
    • 1/2 yard cotton fabric - for lining
    • Wooden clamp-style trouser or skirt hanger
    • Thread

    Tools 

    • Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
    • Pins
    • Scissors
    • Sewing machine
    • Iron and ironing board
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  • 03 of 06

    Clothespin Bag Pattern and Cutting Guide

    Cutting the Clothespin Bag Pieces
    Mollie Johanson

    Measuring and Cutting

    Cut the outside and lining pieces ​with a rotary cutter and cutting ruler as follows:

    Start by measuring the width of your hanger. Add 2 inches to the width. This is the width of the clothespin bag pieces.

    Next, double the width you just calculated. This is the height of the clothespin bag pieces. 

    So, for the example, the hanger was 12 inches wide. Therefore, both the outside and lining pieces are cut to 14 inches x 28 inches. 

    Pattern

    Download the JPG clothespin bag pattern and print it out. Be sure to print the pattern at full size and use the 1 inch square to check for accuracy. If it's off by a very small amount, it will still work, but if it's off by 1/8 inch or more, re-print the pattern.

    For both the outside and lining pieces, fold the fabric in half lengthwise and pin the pattern to the fabric with the long straight edge on the fold. Cut around the pattern.

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  • 04 of 06

    Sewing the Outside and Lining Pieces

    Pin and Sew the Outside and Lining
    Mollie Johanson

    Place the outside and lining pieces right sides together and pin around the edges.

    Sew around the entire shape, ​leaving a 4 inch opening on one of the long sides, near the bottom half of the piece. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance and back stitch the beginning and end of the seam. 

    Trim the corners and clip the curved edge to reduce bulk and keep the curved edge smooth.

    Turn the shape right side out, poking the corners into shape with a chopstick. Iron the clothespin bag and press the seams open. Press in the seam allowance of the opening so the seam is even.

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    Assembling and Topstitching the Edges

    Top Stitch and Sew the Sides
    Mollie Johanson

    Top stitch around the curved seam, sewing 1/8 inch from the edge. 

    Fold the clothespin bag in half with wrong sides together. Pin and sew the sides and straight across the top edge, sewing 1/8 inch from the edge. This assembles the bag, topstitches the edges, and closes the opening all at once.

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    Finishing and Using the Clothespin Bag

    Sew a Clothespin Bag
    Mollie Johanson

    Slide the hanger inside the bag. It should fit comfortably at the top with a bit of room to spare.

    All that's left is to fill your bag with clothespins and start hanging up the next load of laundry!

    In addition to holding clothespins, use this bag to hold:

    • Small accessories in a closet
    • Grocery bags 
    • Little stuffed animals or other toys
    • Sewing or craft supplies