How to Make Homemade Clothespin Holders


Line-drying clothing saves energy and money. Line-dried clothes also smell fresh and may even last longer. Make homemade clothes pin holders to hang on your clothesline and to give as gifts for Mother's Day or any occasion. Use your child's out-grown button-front shirts, or buy shirts at yard sales or a thrift store. Let the kids help with shirt selection and sewing to complete a simple decorative and functional clothespin bag.

Things You'll Need

  • Child's button front shirt
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Hanger
  • Button the shirt and lay it out flat on a firm surface right-side out with the buttons facing up.

  • Cut straight across the shirt 3/4 inch below the length that you want the clothes pin holder. Pin across the bottom edge to hold the layers in place.

  • Sew across the bottom of the shirt 1/4 inch from the edge.

  • Turn the shirt wrong-side out and push out the bottom corners with your finger. Fold the bottom neatly on the seam.

  • Sew across the bottom 1/2 inch from the edge. Sew backwards at the beginning and end of the seam to reinforce the stitch line.

  • Turn the shirt right-side out and push out the bottom corners with your finger.

  • Insert a hanger into the neck opening of the shirt, and adjust the shoulders so the clothespin holder hangs straight.

  • Place clothespins inside, and hang the holder on the clothes line. Unbutton the top button or two for easy access to the clothes pins.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also sew across the bottom of the shirt by hand.
  • Remove the lowest button from the cut shirtfront if it is in the way of the stitch lines.

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