Clothes Pin Bag - Free Sewing Pattern and Directions

  • 01 of 07

    Sew a Clothespin Bag - Materials Needed

    Completed Clothes Pin Bag Sewn With This Method
    Clothes Pin Bag Sewn With This Method. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A clothes pin bag keeps the clothespins close at hand when you are hanging the laundry out to dry.  One of my favorite smells is that fresh clean fragrance of laundry that has just come in from the clothes line! If I could find a way to bottle that smell I would!  I also love the fact that I saved on a power bill and used mother nature to do the simple task!

    Materials you will need:

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  • 02 of 07

    Pattern for a Clothes Pin Bag

    Creating the Clothes Pin Bag Pattern
    Creating the Clothes Pin Bag Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This is the first step to creating the paper pattern piece you will use to cut out a clothes pin bag from your fabric.

    Using newspaper, or pattern making grid:

    For the width of the pattern piece - Measure the widest part of the clothes hanger and add 1".

    For the length of the pattern piece - Measure your paper to be this measurement and 31" long.

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  • 03 of 07

    Clothes Pin Bag Pattern - Step 2

    Transfering the Angle
    Transfering the Angle. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This is the second step to creating the paper pattern piece you will use to cut out a clothes pin bag from your fabric.

    Fold the paper in quarters by folding it in half lengthwise and then width-wise.

    Lay the hanger on the paper and trace the angled edge.

    Cut all four layers of paper. Unfold the paper. You will have four angled edges if you have followed the instructions.

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  • 04 of 07

    Transfer the Template

    Trace the Printed Pattern Template
    Trace the Printed Pattern Opening Template. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This is the third step to creating the paper pattern piece you will use to cut out a clothes pin bag from your fabric.

    Unfold the paper so it is only folded lengthwise, with angles at both ends. 

    On one end of the pattern piece line up the straight edge of the printed pattern piece with the folded edge of the paper and the top of the printed pattern piece with the top of the paper.

    Trace the hole template along the folded edge.

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  • 05 of 07

    Finish The Clothes Pin Bag Pattern

    Completed Pattern
    Completed Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This is the final step to creating the paper pattern piece you will use to cut out a clothes pin bag from your fabric.

    Cut out template traced area that you made with the printed pattern piece, cutting through two layers of paper.

    Unfold and your pattern is ready to transfer to fabric.

    Refer to the picture to be sure your pattern is ready.

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  • 06 of 07

    Sew the Clothes Pin Bag

    The Inside of the Sewn Clothes Pin Bag
    Inside of the Sewn Clothespin Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Lay the pattern on your fabric and cut one out.
    • Pin or baste the double sided bias tape onto the edge of the template opening.
    • Top stitch the bias tape into place.
    • Fold the fabric, right sides together, to bring the angled edges up to each other.
    • Using 1/2" seam allowances, stitch the straight edge and turn at the corner to sew . Pivot at the top point and continue to sew the top edge and pivot to sew the remaining  un-folded straight edge.the angled edge.
    • Zig zag or serge the seam allowances to...MORE add a seam finish to the seam allowance.
    • Press the bag as it was sewn.
    • Turn right sides out.
    • Press
    • Fill with clothes pins and line tighteners if you use them. 

    Note: Even though the clothes pins are protected in the bag, they do weather and get dirty. I suggest that you bring the bag in with your last load of laundry and store them inside when you are not using them.  I once had a bird start to make a nest in the bag, which makes a dirty mess on more than one way.

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  • 07 of 07

    Sew the Clothes Pin Bag

    Inside of Clothes Pin Bag
    Inside of Clothes Pin Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Lay the pattern on your fabric and cut one out.
    • Pin or baste the double sided bias tape onto the edge of the template opening.
    • Top stitch the bias tape into place.
    • Fold the fabric, right sides together, to bring the angled edges up to each other.
    • Using 1/2" seam allowances, stitch the straight edge and turn at the corner to sew the angled edge.
    • Repeat for the other side.
    • Zig zag or serge the seam allowances.
    • Turn right sides out.
    • Press