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How to Make a Clothespin Bag

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How to make a clothespin bag from an upcycled shirt. This easy to sew project makes doing laundry loads more fun!

DIY clothespin bag.

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While I’m on maternity leave, enjoying some baby and mama time, my friend Trish is here to explain how to make an easy clothespin bag. For those of you who line dry, particularly cloth diapering mamas, this is going to be a great item to make to decrease how much time you spend bending down to grab clothespins to hold your clean laundry. The best part is that it’s made from upcycled items that many of you will have around your home! -Danielle 

Most people would probably describe me as a bit “crunchy.”  When my babes were little, I (mostly) cloth diapered.  As time allows, I like to make my food from scratch.  I have a composter and carry reusable shopping bags.  Most of my crunchiness is just making different choices, like cloth over plastic, and isn’t particularly hard.  And, interestingly, the more crunchy choice is often cheaper — like buying clothes at Goodwill.
About two years ago, my family moved to the Pittsburgh area.  Our house wish list had plenty of normal entries, like four bedrooms and more than one toilet.  It is also had a few crunchy ones, like space for my composter and a laundry line.  While composter location was easy, I struggled to pick a location for a clothesline!  I have two babes and there are 10 times that on our street.  They run and chase all over the place.  A long line was just asking to catch someone.  Finally, after visualizing a long line in numerous configurations all over the yard, I realized that I need to use the umbrella-style laundry line.  I found Best Drying Rack ( and was smitten (I was not sponsored in anyway by them, these opinions are my own.)!  I purchased a small sized one and waited eagerly for its arrival.  Line dried clothes were soon in my future!
Installation was pretty straight-forward and soon I had my first load of laundry ready to hang.  I had my basket and a bag of clothespins.  And … I sure had to bend a lot to get those pins!  I remembered as a child we had a clothesline and we kept the pins in a bag that hung on the line.  You just pulled it along as you needed them.  That kind of bag was just what I needed!
As I was bending to pick up laundry and pins, I was planning on how to make a pin bag.  I was thinking of all the various remnants I had and was thinking of shape to make it when I had a great idea!  I remembered the bag we had when I was a kid looked just like a little girl’s dress.  I had little girl’s dresses and shirts just waiting to go to Goodwill!  Just like that, I knew what I was going to do.

Supplies for a Clothespin Bag

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  • One child’s t-shirt or dress
  • Pins, needles and thread
  • One child sized hanger

Tutorial for a Simple Clothespin Bag

By Trish Buben

I choose a shirt that had an open neck, because I knew I was going to be cutting it down to make access to the bag better.  The open neck just made that access easier.


Outgrown tshirt for a DIY Clothespin bag.
To start with, I turned the shirt inside out and cut the sleeves off near the seam that joined them to the main shirt.  I wanted to keep the width at the top, as I was going to put the shirt on the hanger.  I then took the remnants to work on the opening.

Sleeves removed from a tshirt.

Taking the two sleeves, I messed around with them until I had a nice semi-circle opening.  I traced the opening with some chalk, just to give me a line to cut.

Sleeves for binding to clothespin storage.

After cutting away the collar, I pinned down the two sleeve remnants with the binding on the front side.  I trimmed them to fit how I wanted them, but kept the extra sleeve material on the back side to give a little reinforcement to the opening.  The opening will need some strength to hold up.

Sleeves pinned on to use as binding.

This picture of the bag is a little bit blurry, but you can see how it looks on the back side.
Wrong sides of upcycled tshirt.
I didn’t really set a seam allowance for sewing down the collar.  I just went down the middle of the binding.
Binding being sewn on.
After finishing with the collar, I turned it inside out to sew down the sleeves and the bottom.
Sewing arm holes and bottom of shirt closed to make a tshirt clothespin bag.
Turn it right side out and put the hanger in and ta-da!  A quick little project to help with being crunchy!
T-shirt repurposed into a clothespin bag on a hanger.
Want other ideas for upcycle clothing? Check out the post Tips for Upcycling and Decluttering Clothing. You can even learn how to make angel gowns from an old wedding dress.
About the Author
Trish Buben is stay at home mom to 2 in Pittsburgh’s North Hills.  She enjoys being crafty!

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Repurposing a t-shirt into clothespin storage.

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