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Easy Sew Clothespin Bag from a Keepsake Baby Dress

With spring weather on the horizon, my days of hanging laundry on the clothesline are near. Line fresh clothes not only smell and feel great, but line drying saves a lot of money too! As a mom of 6 living on a farm, I do a lot of laundry, so I wanted to make myself a clothespin holder that makes me smile.

Playing on the farm
I’d been hanging onto a dress all 4 of my daughters wore as toddlers for sentimental reasons, but the well-loved dress had seen better days. The dress was in no shape to pass along to another little girl, or to save for my grandchildren. Rather than leaving it at the top of my closet forever, I made a clothes pin bag out of the dress.Clothes pin holder out of baby dress Now, I smile each time I hang clothes on the line!
Clothes pin holder out of baby dressHere’s an easy tutorial to make a clothespin bag from a keepsake dress-

Choose a baby or toddler size dress that buttons down the back.Clothes pin holder out of baby dress

Next, you’ll want to cut off (or remove with a seam ripper) any sashes as close to the side seams as possible.Clothes pin holder out of baby dress

If the dress has any tags, use a seam ripper to remove them.Clothes pin holder out of baby dress

Now, look at the back of the dress. This is where you’ll reach in for clothespins. Clothes pin holder out of baby dress

Decide how many buttons should be undone to create a comfortable sized opening to reach the clothespins. My daughters’ dress buttoned way down the back, so I chose to leave the bottom two buttons buttoned. For a smaller dress, or one with a shorter opening, leave all the buttons un-done. Remove the buttons that will remain un-done for the opening using scissors or a seam ripper. Fold the sides of the opening as pictured below, then sew the flaps open.Clothes pin holder out of baby dress

Decide how deep you want your bag. I find an (approximately) 9 inch pocket to be comfortable to reach in. Cut the skirt of the dress off, about one inch longer than you’d like your bag. I cut this dress 10 inches below the waist. Since the skirt was very full, I folded the dress in half to make the cut.Clothes pin holder out of baby dress

Turn the dress inside out, and pin the opening shut.Clothes pin holder out of baby dress

Sew a 1/2 inch seam to close the opening of the skirt. Reinforce the seam with either a zig-zag stitch, or a serger. Turn the dress right-side out, choose a sturdy hanger, and fill the bag with clothespins. Clothes pin holder out of baby dress

This clothespin dress bag is so adorable, and such a good way to use a keepsake baby dress!Clothes pin holder out of baby dressI love seeing our little blue dress while I hang my daughters’ clothes. As I pin their current clothes to the line, I’m reminded of each girl as a toddler. I can picture that little one running around my legs as I pin her now much bigger clothes on the line. Clothes pin holder out of baby dress

Anything that makes me smile while doing chores is definitely welcome- as is anything that makes my chores easier.

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    1. Been making these for years. (My girls are now 51 and 52)……Have one hanging in my laundry room right now.
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  1. What a cool idea! I could see using that in my daughter’s closet too to hold her hair bows and headbands! Thanks!

  2. Now this is really sweet! I remember my nana having something similar to hold her clothes pins back in the day. Where we live we aren’t allowed to hang clothes out to dry which is so stupid considering they are concerned with the environment. I would love to hang our laundry outside to dry for free in the wind.

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