50+ Free Clothespin Bag Patterns

Here is a collection of free clothespin bag patterns and tutorials I’ve found from around the net plus I tucked in a vintage embroidery goody towards the bottom (a dancing wooden peg on a bar of soap, too cute!).

Assorted Examples Of Clothespin Bags To Make

Most of the tutorials are for sewing but there are a few crochet projects too…and I tucked in a few DIY plastic jug crafts at the bottom that are also pretty useful.

New Collection Update: September, 2022

Hanging laundry outside is one effective way to cut down on energy bills while at the same time taking advantage of the sun’s ability to naturally bleach and brighten garments.

It may be a tedious task for those of us who take full advantage of our electrical appliances, but once you get into a rhythm and figure out the process that works best for you, it’s not that bad at all (and the fresh smelling items can’t be beat).

Too many underestimate these nifty little peg bags, they’re definitely laundry day helpers! Their purpose is to make the job go much quicker by keeping clothespins close at hand, especially if they can be pushed along the line as you work.

They also help keep the clothespins tidy, clean and organized when washday arrives. It’s best to bring them inside at the end of the day to not only preserve the outer fabric but also to ensure the pegs stay clean.

The bags can be made with a variety of materials and can be as decorative and cute as you like…or simply go with a plain and basic workhorse that gets the job done.

The cost for supplies is typically minimal but you can make them close to free by salvaging materials from other items that are ready to be tossed or no longer being used.

Consider sourcing materials from:

  • Jeans
  • Placemats/Table runners
  • Vintage linens & fabrics
  • Towels (both bath and kitchen)
  • Burlap
  • T-shirts
  • Children’s garments (some ideas listed in the gallery below)
  • Vinyl tablecloths
  • Curtains

Because of how they are designed, they’re handy for more than just organizing clothes pins. A few suggestions:

  • Plastic baggy keepers
  • Closet organizers
  • Baby change table organizer (diapers, washcloths, etc.)

How To Make A Clothespin Bag

As always here on Tipnut, this collection contains only hassle-free projects. This means instructions & any required templates are provided at no charge and without asking for email addresses or a membership sign-up. Some may offer accompanying videos for extra guidance, but all provide instructions by written text (either on the web page or by pdf download).

There are so many ways to make these little fellas that I’ve sorted the collection into the following groups for easier browsing:

  • Sewing Patterns
  • Aprons & Accessories
  • Crochet Patterns
  • DIY Plastic Containers (Bonus freebies)

Directions: Click on image to view project page, a new browser tab will open & save your spot here

Sewing Tutorials

Burlap

Fabric lined & stiffened with fusible interfacing, features boxed corners. Hangs from the line secured with a button tab top.

Source: handmadiya.com


Denim with Pocket

Here’s a fun way to upcycle an old pair of jeans, add a few decorative patches from scrap fabric to personalize just the way you like it. Super cute!

Source: gwennypenny.com


Keepsake Dress

Not only a super cute idea, but so easy to make too! This transforms an outgrown toddler or baby dress into a perfect hanging pouch to store clothesline supplies.

Source: bigfamilyblessings.com


With Wire Hanger

There’s a simple diagram included that shows how to take an old wire clothes hanger, snip it then bend into shape so it will lay on the line nicely (first slides into top casing on the sack which is made from old durable curtain fabric).

Source: craftleftovers.com


T-Shirt Tweak

Another great upcycling project, this transforms a cheery t-shirt (child-size) into a nice sized pouch. Notice the neckline has been cut down for easier access.

Source: diydanielle.com


Ticking

This is from the early 20th century (1916) & offers a unique triangular shaped opening. Instructions are found on flickr here: (page 1) and (page 2)

Source: littlegreybungalow.blogspot.com


Placemat Hack

A couple quick folds & stitching up the sides will turn this out in no time. The original tutorial is no longer online but summary/details can be found at keepingupwithkate.wordpress.com (just click image to visit).

Source: blessingsoverflowing.com (no longer online)


Dirndl Design

Isn’t this adorable! Based on a vintage design, the finished size measures 13.5″ across the shoulders & 16″ long. Includes a free pdf download for the pattern pieces.

Source: madewithlovebyhannah.com


Slider Bar & Grommets

This salvages pieces from an old sack but if you don’t have that available, the bar can be shaped from an old wire hanger. If the images don’t show up for you, try clicking on the links…this made them pop into place for me.

Source: thesimplehive.wordpress.com


Hand Towel

A terrific idea! The top end is folded over a hanger then stitched in place, the bottom end folded up then stitched down the center & sides for two pockets. Tutorial also includes directions for making peg bags from old garments (blue jeans & baby garments).

Source: thehappyhousewife.com


Vintage Pattern

Scroll down the page a bit to find the details, this is a laundry sack that would also work well holding clothespins. Adjust the length as desired.

Source: tipnut.com


1916 Hammock Hook Sack

Found in an old homemaking book “CLOTHING AND HEALTH” by Kinne & Cooley published on the Project Gutenberg site. Basic directions provided for whipping up this clever sack that hangs from an “S” hook (located in Chapter 3, Lesson 9 “Another Useful Gift & A New Stitch”).

Source: gutenberg.org


Jean Pockets

Another idea using an old pair of jeans but this one’s done a little differently. Cut around both pockets, stitch right sides together, flip out & hang by a string. Center holds pegs & has outer pockets on either side.

Source: littlehouseliving.com


Aprons & Accessories

If you prefer wearing an apron with pockets deep enough to hold your stash of clothespins, these are ideal for the job.

Farmhouse Apron (pdf download)

Made with just a yard of 45″ wide fabric & some thread, this features deep pockets to store a pile of pegs. Has a sashed/casing waist & ties at back. Shows step-by-step how to fold & package for gift giving. Very charming!

Source: maryjanesfarm.org


Apron Bonnet

This is a vintage pattern from my personal stash, it can be worn as an apron (with two large pockets) or as a bonnet. Trim with wide rick-rack and a ruffle. File opens as an image (jpg), just right click on it then save to desktop.

Source: tipnut.com


European Style

An old design brought back from Germany & passed down from mother to daughter. She recommends using a heavy cotton or lightweight canvas or linen. Includes a pdf download.

Source: motherearthnews.com


Vintage Smock

This is something very similar to what I remember from childhood, except the whole lower front would be a row of 2 or 3 deep pockets. This is from my apron pattern collection (image link is to actual pdf, project is on page 7) which you can review here: 50+ Free Aprons.

Source: tipnut.com


You can click the image below to print out this sweet vintage character, transfer it to fabric if you like and embroider. It’s an animated wooden clothespin bouncing on a bar of soap from an old design I have (the complete project is too large to scan and share unfortunately).

Wooden Peg Dancing On Soap Bar
Vintage Embroidery Motif: Click for Larger Image

The design may be appliqued in any print or outlined in green or red. Limbs and features are black outline, eyes blue satin stitch and mouth red. Soap and lettering on it are blue; broken lines black.

Crochet Patterns

These are pretty quick to whip up using assorted yarn leftover from other projects but note that the one from myrecycledbags.com goes a step further by first cutting strips of plastic bags into “plarn” then uses that to crochet her pouch. Very clever!

Bonus: DIY & Plastic / Milk Jug Peg Holders


Duct Tape DIY

Now this is interesting, a plastic grocery bag is cut down then covered with layers of brightly colored & decorative duct tape. A matching hanger is also made for it. This would be super durable and long lasting.

Source: intelligentdomestications.com


These clever holders can be cut from plastic containers of all kinds (such as vinegar, hair product and milk jugs). Notice that a few have a design tweak where the handles can be hung on the line so the bins will slide across nicely as you work.

5 Quick Tips For Line Drying

See Hanging Laundry To Dry Outdoors: Clothesline Helpers for a page full of tips.

  • Arrange wet items in the basket according to the order you plan on hanging them (ie. towels together, sheets togethers, etc.)
  • Wipe down the line with a wet rag before starting
  • Ensure the pegs are clean & smooth, covering & putting them away after each use
  • Blouses & dresses can be hung from wooden hangers to make ironing easier
  • Position white pieces in the sun where they can be bleached & brightened naturally

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Comments

    • Sadge
    Reply

    My mom gave me some old pattern transfers – no envelopes or identifying marks, just the folded transfer sheets. One of them has the same little jumping clothespin at the top of your post. I’m going to post the finished clothespin bag I made from it on my blog eventually. I was just wondering if you know where the original is from (they look kind of like Aunt Martha’s). Thanks.
    Sadge

    • Barb
    Reply

    I have not had a clothes line for 13 years, due to the fact that we moved to a subdivision with covenants that do not allow them. This past November, in an act of common sense, defiance, and well, just to save energy and enjoy once again the smell of fresh clothes, we installed our clothesline poles in “the dark of night”. (well, not really). Two days ago (March 4) my husband stringed the lines, just in time for unseasonal 70 degree weather. I feel like someone has given me a new car! I have washed all of the sheets, towels, sweaters, quilts, etc., and they smell so great. But, guess what? Went to over 5 stores, could not find a “clothespin bag” anywhere. Googled the bag, and found this site. LOVE the shirt idea, so simple and cute! Better than any clothespin bag I could ever buy anywhere! Save the earth, save energy, use the dryer only in winter time! Life is great!~~Barb

      • Patricia
      Reply

      I too live in a “deed restricted” community, but I have read that in the interest of saving energy there is some law or rule that says you can hang clothes outside as long as the clothes line(s) can be removed when not in use. I remember my Mom having one of those umbrella kind of units that could be folded and taken out of the base that was installed in the ground. Of course back in the olden days, who took the lines down? They were always full of clothing, sheets, towels, etc. There is nothing beter than the smell of sunshine dried sheets and towels.

        • Leslie Hiemstra
        Reply

        Why not try a retractable clothes line? I live on a farm but put up a retractable clothes line so I could have it in a location I wanted. It is out of my way once the clothes are dry! I have been using this type of clothes line for over 30 years!

        • Nancy
        Reply

        There are also the clotheslines that retract. They can be mounted to the side of the house or a building and have a post or another wall to mount the “clip” on when you unwind it then you just go back and tighten the lines. I had one on a deck and it was great and out of the way when not in use.

        • betty
        Reply

        The thought that anyone could restrict the use of clotheslines, is so unthinkable to me. How controlled are we, if we can’t hang a permanent clothesline in our own yards? Something that will save energy, and cause no harm whatsoever. My thought is that I’d never live in a community where natural ways of drying one’s clothing aren’t allowed. People should reject such craziness, and as a group, tell those who try to limit your simple freedoms, to take a hike.

    • Eileen
    Reply

    Yes, I am proud to be an American! I am proud to live in the United States. I am proud to hang my clothes when ever I can! What a small freedom, and no one will take that from me! Oh the memories, the smells, the exercise!

      • HappyGenny
      Reply

      Love the enthusiasm for line drying and environmentally responsible choices. Yay! Please tell me, however, that you are being facetious about the American thing. I believe that we are LEAST likely to see this in the US and Canada due to a whole lot of uptight middle class ideas on ‘looking affluent’ and general prudishness. Thankfully modern culture and increased multi-culturalism have taken this attitude down a few notches, but you will still see very few urban/suburban homes with knickers on the line. Except, perhaps, at my house. (chuckles)

        • Rhonwyn
        Reply

        I am working toward a clothesline and hanging my clothes, but I am feeling very prudish about the FEDEX, UPS, AND OTHER DELIVERY PEOPLE, viewing my undies. But up to that point, this USA, middle class (maybe lower middle class or upper po house now that I’m retired) girl is going to have other ‘stuff’ flapping in the breeze, soon.

    • laswa
    Reply

    How do I find the diagram/pattern that supposedly goes with the european-style apron. I have had the same problem finding “accessory” content on the Mother Earth News articles before. Thanks in advance…

      • TipNut
      Reply

      Hi laswa, you’ll see an “Image Gallery” link, click that and the first picture you see is a woman wearing the apron, click the “next” link and you’ll see the pattern page to print. Hope that helps!

      • Mindy
      Reply

      I made this apron about 2 years ago and it is great. It can get heavy if you have a lot of pins in it but it is very convenient.

    • L. Barnes
    Reply

    Would like to find the old style clothes pins, the spring pins break too easy.

      • Vicky (The Crafty Rocker)
      Reply

      @L.Barnes – the only place I’ve found regular “peg” clothespin, instead of the spring type, was at craft stores, Like Michaels. You may also find them online.

    • deirdre
    Reply

    Great peg-bags! The patterns for the little clothes on the front of the ‘Crochet-peg-bag’ are now on her site page as well!

    • Sharlene
    Reply

    I remember wearing the apron/bonnet/clothespin style back in the 50’s. I still make them. I used an old one Granny made me for a pattern – just made it larger & cut two apron parts. That way it is reversible.

    • Les Hoover
    Reply

    Help! I’ve looked at the bags here and elsewhere and I find a lot of really cute bags. Trouble is, I’m a 59 year old man and I just don’t get along with cute! Can anyone direct me to something that looks a bit more masculine.

      • Rachel
      Reply

      Sew the bottom of a mans tee shirt. Hang your shit on a hanger and wa la you have a masculine clothes pin bag!!!

    • Linda
    Reply

    Wow! Thanks! These patterns were from 2008 – before I knew about Tipnut. This is 2012 – I hope Joanne finds these patterns!

    • Carmen Russell
    Reply

    Thanks for these patterns they will be useful to me i use clothes pins very often.

    • Laura B.
    Reply

    @ Les – I have made a very simple clothespin bag that doesn’t require any sewing and you can make in about 2 minutes. Here are the instructions – go to the dollar store and buy a mesh laundry bag that is used to wash delicates – then take a wire clothes hanger and bend it until it fits the width of the bag – unzip the bag, then poke the hook of the hanger through the top of the bag. DONE!
    I like this because if the bag is hanging outside on the line and it rains the water just runs though the mesh and the clothes pins dry quickly and don’t get mildewy. Definitely not “cute” but very functional.

    • virginia Long
    Reply

    I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU FOR A LONG TIME NOW AND LOVE YOUR STYLE WHEN I NEED SOMETHING TO MAKE I CAN ALWAYS RELY ON YOU. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

    • cheryl
    Reply

    I made the bag from crochetnmore.com and it is wonderful. I didn’t have a button, so I just clothespin it to the clothesline. I used Red Heart yarn and it has survived all weather extremes. Thank you for the idea!

    • Kris
    Reply

    When i was growing up we never had a dryer so we always had to hang the clothes to dry either in the basement in the winter or outside when the weather was 1/2 way nice. Once in awhile it was a little too cool and when mom had had us hung the clothes out,they’d gotten a little icy..oye :o) Ahhh,the memories…hehehe :o) I still have lines myself and now my one daughter has some and is asking for a bag so told her i would make her one, the best being the one with a hanger(i think..after years of being stuck doing it as a child!!)as it can be taken off and hung up somewhere else,moved along as you go with ease and holds lots of pins.

    • Nancy
    Reply

    Does anyone know how to get the hangers typically used for these bags? (Twirly hook in a single wooden hanger) The closest I can find are the plastic hangers with a twirly metal hook – but those plastic ones break too easily…..

    • Patricia
    Reply

    I live in the perfect clime for drying clothes on a line and I just love the smell of clothes that were hung out to dry. I live in the Caribbean. I am almost always tempted during the rainy season (we have only two seasons the rainy or wet season and the dry season) to buy a dryer, but I do so love to smell my clothes when they are sun dried. Most of my friends have dryers but I have not gone over to that side as yet.

    • Barb R
    Reply

    I too believe that clothes lines are not permitted where I live, (I don’t ask! that way I can plead ignorance) I am very much. “Brit” and stubborn so I have devised a way to dry laundry outside. I purchased the Umbrella type collapsible line, my handyman sunk it quite deeply in the ground in a depression in my back garden. When it is up and clothes hang on it, it cannot be seen over the shared fence. Here in California my clothes dry in about an hour. I fluff them for five minutes in the dryer to remove stiffness amd wrinkles. Instead of taking the umbrella line out of its holder I cover it so it looks like a patio umbrella.
    Good luck everyone and keep those wonderful smelling sheets and pillow cases.
    Now I need to make a clothespin bag, thanks for the ideas.

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