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Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Clothes Pin Bag Design

Do you hang clothes out on the line to dry on breezy days? If I had an outside line, I surely would! One of my sisters does, and she is one of the lucky relatives we got to visit on our road trip earlier this summer. She is very creative too and while we were talking about bags and designs and other such creative things, she told me of her wish for a clothes pin bag that she could wear over her shoulder and that would stay open. I guess chasing after the ice cream bucket that hangs on her line, or filling her pockets with clothes pins wasn't much fun anymore!

Quite some time ago, I posted a tutorial for making a clothes pin bag from an old pair of jeans and a plastic hanger. You can check that out by clicking HERE. But that kind of bag is not what she is looking for. So I came up with something I think will work for her, and for anyone else who would like to save a few steps while hanging clothes out on the line. Here's my new Always Open Clothes Pin Bag...

This bag features an adjustable strap with buckle so it can be worn by people of different sizes. It can be worn over the shoulder and across the body like a messenger bag, around the waist, or hung on the line.

The bag is big enough to hold a lot of clothes pins and will always stay open for easy access to the pins.

I will soon be posting a tutorial for this design so you can make your own Always Open Clothes Pin Bag, and I might also make a few for my Etsy shop in case there are a few people out there who would like to have one without making it!

Editor's note: Free picture tutorial can be found by clicking HERE. There may also be some already made and available for sale in my Etsy shop. Click HERE to check.

If you are a clothes line user, I would love to hear your thoughts on this bag and if you think it is something that would make your job of hanging clothes on the line easier. You can leave your comments below. Thanks!

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  • Hi Mary Grace! This little clothes pin bag is a wonderful idea. I'm sure your sister and other clothes line users will love it.

    I do not have a clothes line but I wish I did! There is nothing like bed linens and towels that have been hung to dry in the sun :)

    By Blogger Jeanna, At August 15, 2013 at 8:53 PM  

  • What an awesome bag! If I lived in a place that had clothes lines, I would definitely make or buy one! Now my mind is wandering, what else could it be usd for???

    By Blogger I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS - HAVE NO CHOICE, At August 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM  

  • oh! I like this bag, how nice that it stays open! I remember wishing that my other pant leg version had grommets as to drain any water that got it, so I'm curious if you thought to put in grommets in this one?

    By Blogger Erica B, At August 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM  

  • No grommets in this one, Erica! It's not meant to stay outside in the weather. Although I suppose if it were made with laminated fabric and had some sort of drainage, it could probably stay outside. I just don't like using damp or rusty clothes pins, so I would not leave my bag outside.


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At August 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM  

  • I want one! Are you going to sell any?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM  

  • Hi Sara, glad you like this design! I was not intending to make them to sell, but I was planning to publish a tutorial for this on the Moda Bake Shop. I had to give up my publication date last fall because it was at the same time as final exams, holiday plans and a trip away. I am hoping to get a new date and get it published, otherwise, I will just publish it here, but probably not in the near future.

    Thanks for your interest!

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At July 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM  

  • Is there an actual tutorial for this?

    By Blogger krissy, At July 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM  

  • At the moment, Krissy, there is no tutorial, but it is on my list of things to do. See previous comment from me for more info.


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At July 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM  

  • What was used around the top edge to keep it open and in that shape?
    Love love the idea!!!

    By Blogger Iowa Girl, At July 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM  

  • Hi Iowa Girl! Glad you like this idea! I've gotten a few requests for a tutorial recently, so I think I'm going to have to get to work on that before the end of the summer and going back to school!

    Boning is used around part of the top opening which is what keeps it open. You can buy it at any fabric store like Joann's. It will be found close to where you would buy velcro by the yard. Or you can ask at the counter for boning and they can show you where it is.

    Hope this helps!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At July 31, 2014 at 8:13 PM  

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