How to Make Your Own Clothespin Bag

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    Sew an Easy Hanging Bag for Clothespins

    Add the Hanger and Fill With Clothespins
    Mollie Johanson

    Drying clothes outdoors on a line instead of in a dryer saves energy and leaves clothing with a fresh outside smell. Any clothesline needs clothespins and you can keep those pins clean and close at hand with a DIY clothespin bag.

    Sewing a clothespin bag is fast and easy, requiring only the most basic of sewing knowledge. From start to finish, this project only takes about 30 minutes! But by choosing cute fabrics, your bag can look vintage, modern, or simply fun.

    You could even give this as a housew...MOREarming gift, including a clothesline and clothespins!

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  • 02 of 06

    Clothespin Bag Supplies and Tools

    DIY Clothespin Bag Supplies
    Mollie Johanson


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


    • 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" 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" wide. Therefore, both the outside and lining pieces are cut to 14" x 28". 


    Download the JPG clothespin bag pattern and print...MORE 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 it very small amount, it will still work, but if it's off by 1/8" 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" opening on one of the long sides, near the bottom half of the piece. Use a 1/4" 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....MORE 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" 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" 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
    • Plastic grocery bags 
    • Little stuffed animals or other toys
    • Sewing or craft supplies

    Who says a clothespin bag is only for clothespins?