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 affordable laundry products and practices are important to me.
That’s why I hang clothes out to dry and use Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent (which cleans as well – or better- than the national leading brand for a fraction of the cost).
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. Now, I smile each time I hang clothes on the line!
Here’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.
Next, you’ll want to cut off (or remove with a seam ripper) any sashes as close to the side seams as possible.
If the dress has any tags, use a seam ripper to remove them.
Now, look at the back of the dress. This is where you’ll reach in for clothespins.
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.
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.
Turn the dress inside out, and pin the opening shut.
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.
This clothespin dress bag is so adorable, and such a good way to use a keepsake baby dress!I 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.
Anything that makes me smile while doing chores is definitely welcome- as is anything that makes my chores easier. Here are some of my favorite laundry tips…
Use laundry products that clean well at an affordable price, such as Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent. Nothing is worse on laundry day than spending time doing laundry to find that the laundry comes out of the wash with stains. The patented Ultimate Clean Technology in Member’s Mark® Detergent works on tough stains no matter what temperature setting I choose. Plus the easy-to-use, no-mess dispenser and measuring cup is great for pretreating stains and using the correct amount for all load sizes.
Use the kids! No need for Mom to take on all the responsibility for the laundry! Even young kids can help with most laundry tasks.
- Teach children to put dirty clothes straight into the laundry hamper.
- Children of all ages can help fold laundry- the toddlers can fold towels while older children can fold the entire load!
- As soon as a child is tall enough to reach the clothesline she can help hang wet clothes, and take down dry ones later.
- Elementary age children can put laundry away in drawers.
Socks! Socks! Socks!
Sometimes I think socks are the worst part of laundry- our family uses up to 14 socks per day. Thats 98 socks a week!
- Buy one type of sock per child (or size) for easy matching and sorting.
- Share socks! My oldest two girls share one basket of socks in the same size and type, and so do my younger two girls. That small thing makes a big difference in sorting and matching!
- Again- use the children! I never match, sort or put away socks. Once a week the kids sit down around a laundry basket full of socks. They can match, sort and put away a week’s worth of socks in less than 30 minutes.
- My no-fuss method for dealing with lone socks is simple. Just leave mismatched and loner socks in the bottom of the clean laundry basket. About once a month, toss out the loners or put them in the cleaning rag pile.
Laundry can feel daunting, but with these simple methods (and a clothespin dress bag that makes you smile) it can be more pleasant!
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