Clothespin Bag Tutorial

My mom had an old, ripped clothespin bag from Wal-mart that didn’t last very long.   She asked if I could revamp it for her. So I used the old bag as a template and created a tongue-in-cheek “pin up girl” bag to house her clothespins.



Dropcloth fabric

red and white gingham fabric

sewing machine and thread

rotary cutter, mat and straight cut

2 eyelets

needle nose pliers


old Wal-mart clothespin bag

yellow flocked heat transfer

Silhouette machine

1. Cut your drop cloth fabric to   13” x 24”.   Cut your gingham fabric to 7” x 24”.


2.   With right sides together pin and sew your gingham fabric to the top of the dropcloth fabric 2.5” from the edge.   Fold it over and then iron under 1/4” and fold it in half to create a band around the top. This also gives it some more stability for the eyelets. Top stitch the band.


3.   Pin the sides of the drop cloth together and sew.   Then sew your bottom shut.

4.   Using your old bag as a template adhere eyelets in place for the wire holder.   Then using some needle nose pliers attach the wire from the old bag onto the new one.


5.   I used Arial font to design “pin up girl” and then cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo.   Then I ironed it in place with a press cloth and removed the plastic transfer sheet.


before and after clothespin bag


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  1. How pretty! I need to make myself one of these since I am starting to use the clothesline at our new location now.

  2. Very cute. Love the play on words. :) Much, much better than the WM version!

  3. So clever! I love the Pin Up girl saying!!

  4. I love the play on words too, plus it’s just cute! :)

  5. OH my goodness this is adorable! Nice job :)

  6. This is super-cute! The grammar nerd in me loves the pun. I’m pinning this for future inspiration. 😀

  7. This is so clever! I’m not a very “crafty” type of gal but I must tell I can’t wait to make this. Thanks for the post and the great instructions! 😀


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