Saturday, June 20, 2009

Super Simple Clothes Pin Bag



I don't know about you but we have had some pretty wet weather here. Yesterday we got over 4" of rain. This morning the sun was shining and the breeze was blowing. It's the perfect day to hang out the laundry. I got busy sorting and washing. I brought the clothes outdoors and was surprised to find all of my pins on the wet ground. The bag is totally destroyed. All of the rain and wind split it apart.



I have wanted to make my own bag for years. I never got around to it. Hmm, I need to whip up some kind of bag quick and don't want to go out to the store to get any supplies. I searched through my summer clothes box and dove into the very bottom. That's the archive section. I have things in that box that haven't seen the light of day for years. Yup, many years.



I present you with a sleeveless shirt from the early 90's. Notice how long it is? I don't know what I was thinking when I purchased it at Farm and Fleet. Long shirt on a short person? It never looked good on me. It's better suited as a clothes pin bag.



First thing you have to do is button up the front of the shirt. Turn it inside out and measure down about 5" from the lower edge of the armhole. Draw a straight line across the shirt. I used my favorite blue wash away marker. Whack off the extra fabric of the shirt if you need to. I had to cut off 10". Darn dumb shirt! lol! The next step is to sew on the line. I used a simple straight stitch. Make sure as you are sewing that you won't come up and hit any buttons. That could mess up your machine. I know these things from experience. Trust me.



Next I stitched up the button lapel of the shirt. That's to keep in your pins. Again, be careful of the buttons. I left the top button opened for looks. :)



Now you are ready to sew up the armholes. If I was using a shirt that had sleeves I would sew up the edges of the sleeves. Pretty easy so far. Now we are ready to turn it right side out.



Final step is to put it on a hanger. I used a cheap 10 for $1.00 plastic hanger. It fits snugly. Now put it to work! This took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. Yes, that includes fishing through the "vintage" clothing!


19 comments:

Quiltersal said...

What a great idea....Thanks for sharing. Now, off to the closet on a treasure hunt! Although I don't hang my clothes outside anymore, this might jumpstart me to get back to doing it again after many, many, M A N Y years of using an electric dryer.

WhiteStone said...

Clever idea! But I like the long shirts to cover my tummy! I hate it when my new t-shirts shrink up first time they are washed. Maybe if I hung them on the line they would last longer!

Joyfulsister said...

Hey Sis,
LOL That is so creative, you did a really great job, and you didn't have to go to the store for any supplies!!!. I miss being able to hang out my sheets, living in a townhouse with association rules we cannnot hang clothes outside. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!!

Hugz Lorie

Grace said...

really cute idea!!

Susan said...

that is the cutest clothes pin bag!
we have had rain for days!
love the fresh smell of line-dried
clothes!

Suzy Girl said...

That is so clever! Love it!!

Liz said...

How cute is that. Now I need a clothes line...

Wool Winder said...

Cute! A great way to use a shirt you never really liked wearing.

Tea said...

Now that is an excellent use of a blouse you don't wear! Thank you for sharing this cute, cute project!

Dee said...

Very cute.

My Mom had something similar when I was a kid. It was from an apron, I think.

stitching under oaks said...

That is such a brilliant idea! I love repurposing things. I'm sure that it makes you smile every time you go for a clothespin.

elizabeth said...

That is a really clever idea! And I especially loved the feelings that last photo evoked. We always had so much fun laughing and playing outside while mom pinned up the clothes.

As I whine a minute about the 106 that we hit here yesterday..... :)

Farm Chick Paula said...

That is the cutest thing ever! You ought to make those things and sell them, girl!

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Cora from Hidden Riches said...

How wonderful!!!!! I had to laugh at your comment about the shirt being too long! I can never find them long enough since I'm 6 feet tall!!!!! The bag turned out just wonderful and looks lovely on your line!

Debra said...

It is very nice-and boy do I hate hitting buttons when I'm sewing....
My grandma had a really cute pin holder-it would be vintage now of course-but yours is just as cute.
And boy have we had rain!!!
~Debra

Marsha said...

Great idea! Love it and it is cute!

Jenny Girl said...

You are just too talented for me! Very creative and great job re-purposing that shirt. I don't hang clothes, but if I did I would definitely make one of those.

Hope this finds you well.

Danish Smith said...

super idea ... i really like your thinking ........!!




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