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DIY Duct Tape Clothespin Bag

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DIY Duct Tape Clothespin Bag

I found myself in need of a clothespin bag recently. One thing I love doing is hanging laundry on the line! My sweet husband built me us a clothesline last year which is getting good use. You can find our How To Build A Clothesline post HERE. How much did we save on our energy bill? Find that post HERE.

I have been using a big resealable plastic bag for my clothespins all this time. I was simply pinning it to the line and reaching in, handy right! It has developed holes risking the loss of my precious clothespins! We can’t have that! The day finally arrived when I  needed make a clothespin bag. I mean, who sells those?

You will have to pardon my rudimentary skills. I have only recently become determined to get in touch with my crafty side since participating in the Spring Craft Blog Hop, where I will be sharing my new Clothespin bag! Crafty people amaze and interest me. I am still a novice.

DIY Duct Tape Clothespin Bag.www.intelligentdomestications.com

I decided to make my clothespin bag from duct tape because of the stiffness and durability it would offer. I am bravely sharing that project with you. Here you have it, my DIY Duct Tape Clothespin Bag.

Supplies

  • 1 plastic grocery bag, a smaller one
  • Duct tape
  • Box cutter
  • Scissors

Prepare the bag

First, cut the bag down the seams and lay it out flat as shown.

Then cut a square opening which will be the front access to the clothespins.

Duct Tape Clothespin Bag Tutorial Step 1.www.intelligentdomestications.com

Tape the bag

Start taping. I didn’t photograph this process because you will select your own pattern and design. You have full creative control, isn’t that nice! I selected tape from my stash which I have been building up for just such an occasion.

I taped the inside all white and used the contrasting color and patterned tape for the outside.

Closing the sides

Once you are finished with the taping process, place right sides together as shown. Match up the handles.

Fold over inside out before closing the sides

Stretch one long piece of tape the full length of the bag as shown. (You really don’t need quite as much of an edge as I did. This edge is going to be on the inside when you turn the bag right side out.) Stretch another piece on top of the first piece. This can be tricky so don’t get in too big of a hurry.

Taping the sides

Turn the bag right side out for finishing touches

Cover the seam with your contrasting color of tape. I placed my bag over the end of my ironing board to make this process easier.

Turn the bag right side out and then Tape over the outside seam with contrasting color.

 Do not tape the inside of the handles as this is where the hanger will fit into. You can tape the tops of the handles, just not the insides.

DO NOT Tape this gap in  the handles

Make the flat bottom

Tuck the pointed corners inside of the bag which will create a flat bottom. I used my closed scissors to push the corners  in because they have a rounded tip. I wouldn’t suggest using a sharp object which might risk a tear.

Tuck in the corners to create a flat bottom

Below is what the corners look like on the inside of the bag. You can also see the side seam on the inside as well.

The corners are tucked inside

Cut a slit for the hanger

Cut a slit in the outside top of the handle to allow your clothes hanger to go through, just a small slit is all you need.

I couldn’t help myself, I had to cover the hanger to match the bag! I purposefully selected a hanger with the top that turns rather than a rigid solid one.

Cut a small slit for the hanger to fit through

Take a peek inside the finished Clothespin Bag

My brand spanking new Duct Tape Clothespin bag does a fabulous job of keeping all my clothespins handy. I can simply hang it up in the laundry room when not in use.

Duct Tape Clothespin Bag inside is plenty big to hold lots of clothespins.www.intelligentdomestications.com

7 Good Reasons to line dry laundry

  • Energy savings
  • Fresh smell
  • Exercise for me
  • Whiter whites
  • Towels are more absorbent
  • Socks are already matched up
  • Clothes last longer

Duct Tape Clothespin Bag DIY.www.intelligentdomestications.com

Tips for Line Drying Laundry

  • I use a liquid softener in the washer for clothes that I want to be soft. It’s great for line dried clothes.
  • If you will snap each item good before you hang it on the line, you will have no wrinkles.
  • Do not add liquid softener to the towels. Yes, they are stiff, beautifully and wonderfully stiff and so much more absorbent!
  • Hang colored clothes inside out.
  • Bring your clothespins inside to avoid having them ruin in the weather.
  • Wipe the clothesline with a cloth prior to hanging laundry.
  • Hang clothing upside down for faster drying time and no visible clothespin marks.

Do you line dry your laundry?

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35 Comments

  1. How very clever! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! 🙂

  2. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

  3. Super cute idea!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you tomorrow !! Love your stuff! Pinned!

  4. Well aren’t you clever and such a great idea! I think even a non-crafty person like me could follow your great instructions. Thanks for sharing on #anythingGoes link up party.

  5. Omg this bag is the cutest!!!! I have a friend that makes all sorts of creative things out of ducktape. This reminds me of one of her crafty creations.

  6. While I’ll admit that I am a fan of dryers, I have no choice but to hang dry my clothes in the summer (we don’t have a dryer where we stay in Italy!. I actually like the fresh air drying the clothes however ironing is a pain! lol!

  7. This bag is adorable! I would use it for something else — but definitely pinning so my nephew can make me one. Isn’t it amazing what you can do with duct tape!

  8. This bag is adorable! I would use it for other things — but am definitely pinning this so my nephew can make me one. It’s amazing all of the things you can do with a little duct tape!

  9. I love this! It’s so cute! I line dry a lot. I’ll be making this soon. Thanks for the how too. I’m pinning and sharing this.

  10. That is so cute! That could be made for so many other things too. I think my daughter would love having a bag like this just to carry all her funny things around. Great instructions, thank you!

  11. Duct tape is like the coolest stuff ever. While I’m not advanced enough to make anything that cool, I did use it to make fun wreaths and pencil holders! Basically the stuff kids can do, lol. That’s the extent of my crafting skills, but I DO love playing with duct tape!

  12. There is no where near my apartment where I can hang a clothesline. My Mom still has one near where she lives and still uses it in the nice weather. I think she has an old cloth bag she uses for thye clothes pins. This one you made should work perfectly!!

  13. This is so cute! Love the color choices. So much fun making things with duck tape now that it comes in so many great colors and patterns.

  14. You know how much I love duct tape projects and your clothespin bag is awesome! I really need to string up a clothesline. I haven’t hung clothes on a line in years. Great project!

  15. I think you’ve gotten in touch with your crafty side! That’s amazing and I know this took a lot of time. Great job on your new clothespin bag.

  16. Our apartment doesn’t have a dryer so we have to line dry. It’s great in the summer and can be a misery in the winter (if you don’t keep up you’ll have laundry drying all over the place!). I love your clothes pin bag and remember years ago you could find them everywhere. Maybe they’ll make a comeback!

  17. That is such a cute idea and my last clothes pin bag has bit the dust so this one would be ideal and keep my clothes line as a fashion statement too. I love this idea and how easy it looks to do.

  18. I love all the clothes line hanging ideas….maybe I should put one in the backyard:) That is a ckwver idea for a clothespin bag. I usually just put all mine in a big jar.

  19. How adorable is this? I don’t dry my laundry outside, just because I’m not a fan of the texture that comes with it, but if I did I would absolutely make one of these adorable bags. In fact, I think this would be the perfect craft for my little one to make her Mimi, thanks so much for the tutorial!

  20. How fun! It looks like you did a wonderfully crafty project! What a neat idea. I haven’t used a clothes line in a long time, but you point out some great advantages.

    1. Thank you Beverly. I didn’t use one for many years but I love it now. It’s weird how much I enjoy hanging out laundry. My favorite thing about it, is the energy savings! I told my hubby yesterday that every time I dry a pair of jeans on the line I smile about the dryer not running 🙂

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