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.
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.
- 1 plastic grocery bag, a smaller one
- Duct tape
- Box cutter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.