Homemade Clothespin Bag

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Summer is a great time to live frugally. One way I tried to be frugal in the summer is by hanging my clothes up to dry on a clothesline. It is a great way to save money and uses the natural heat from the sun and the drying power of the wind to complete a chore. How many of you use clotheslines?

Summer is a great time to live frugally. One way I tried to be frugal in the summer is by hanging my clothes up to dry on a clothes line. It is a great way to save money on groceries and use the natural heat from the sun and the drying power of the wind to complete a chore.

Homemade Clothespin Bag

Enjoy this guest post from Erin!

In this post, I have a tutorial on how to make a Homemade Clothespin Bag using the pockets of some ratty, old jeans. There are so many tutorials out there on how to make clothespin bags, but I do not think I have found one like the one I am about to show you.

Clothespin Bag - Little House Living

First, pick out a pair of rag-ity old jeans that you no longer wear.

Clothespin Bag - Little House Living

Cut out the back pockets, leaving a generous seam allowance.

Clothespin Bag - Little House Living

Put the two pockets together, inside-out, so the pockets are touching each other and line up evenly.

Clothespin Bag - Little House Living

Sew the sides and the bottoms together, leaving the top open.

Clothespin Bag - Little House Living

Fold down each of the top flaps, and sew – leaving room for a string to be guided through (or you may place the string before you sew) – this will be used to cinch the bag shut to hold the clothes pins inside.

Clothespin Bag - Little House Living

Turn the bag inside out.
Fill with clothes pins.
Enjoy the ease of having clothespins close-by when hanging your clothes up to dry.

Clothespin Bag - Little House Living

Line Drying your clothes can save a great deal on your bills! You can learn all about the Art of Line Drying here or read an in depth study on Saving Money on Laundry.

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Do you line dry your clothes? Do you have your own unique clothespin bag idea that you would like to share? Post it below in the comments.


This Homemade Clothespin Bag project was originally posted on Little House Living in August 2013. It has been updated as of August 2023.


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  1. We have a mostly heavily shaded lot and high humidity. Things don’t get dry most of the time and because of the trees I have a fifty fifty chance of a bird pooping on them. The dryer works best here. It would be lovely to sleep on line dried sheets!

  2. Oh, cute! 😀

    I have outdoor clothes lines, and wouldn’t even dream of getting a tumbler/drier of any sorts. I have used an old wall flower pot for my pins until recently when it broke from old age and left me with no place to keep them. I dug out another old flower pot that I’ve been using, but it can’t be hung, so I have to bend all the time. I found your idea very inspiring. I think I will exchange the string with some elastic, though, so it opens easier.

  3. I cut the legs off the jeans and sew straight across, it makes a bigger bag and stores more clothes pins. I use the plastic hooks that come with the clothes you buy at the department store (most stores just give them to you if you ask) and put them through the back pant loops. I have two clothes lines so I hardly ever have to use my dryer.

  4. I use an old baby dress that button in the back, sew the bottom shut, put a hanger thru it and hang it on the line. I get the pins in and out thru the area that buttons in the back. Fast and cute! Love the denim one tho because it might last longer.

    1. Dianne,
      I did exactly the same thing – EXACTLY! It was one of my granddaughter’s dresses and it looks great. I also put some scrunched up nylon netting into the sleeves to puff them up. That wouldn’t work with some styles, but it does with this one.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial, I love the jean pocket bag & will definitely be making one to hold my clothes pins! I think I missed something though, how do you hang the bag on the clothesline? I use my clothesline whenever I can & save lots of energy!

  6. I had someone tell me about a homemade clothes pin bag made out of a young, around size 4, boys short sleeved button up shirt. Sew the bottom up to the length you want, sew up the arm, and sew the front up to the opening you want. I made one and put it on a childs plastic hanger. I’ve used the same one for many years and it’s so cute!

    1. I think the little girl’s dresses and little boys tee shirts would be sweet, but all enclosed bags are havens for bugs. I took to using the woven plastic bags for fruits as they aren’t keen on them, and I can bash the bag if I see the determined ones!

  7. i used an old clothes pin bag frame and made a bag with leftover quilt squares and made pockets on the front for the line holders.

  8. First of all…thank you so much for posting this. I have been looking for a good clothes pin bag pattern for quite a while and I can’t wait to make this. Question for you ladies (or gentlemen)…..As most of you, I love hanging my clothes on the line every time i get a chance. Living in the south, we never know what the weather is from one day to the next so whenever I can I take the opportunity. With that being said, I do have one HUGE fear when it comes to the clothes pin bags. They’re has always seemed to be some type of spider of bugs hanging around in the bag itself and I am very (embarrassing enough) afraid of putting my hand in that cinched up or just hung up bag and being bitten by a spider. Finally, getting to the question, does anyone have any advice or suggestions as to how I can keep the creepy crawly things out of there. I spend alot of my time checking out the bag and clothes pins in it just making sure it is free of anything. All are appreciated

    1. Hello! I bring my clothespin bag inside after I pull the clothes off the line for the day. I haven’t had any problems with bugs in mine. If the bag is left outside to stay day after day maybe that is allowing the bugs enough time to make up their home inside it?

  9. Thanks for showing us how to make this cute clothes pin bag, I just made it and it looks so cute and holds my clothes pins….Cathy