I haven’t sewn a whole lot since our second son was born, so when I made a 20 minute ruffled apron last week my oldest was completely enamored by the sewing machine. He’s six, so anything with a motor is super cool. He watched me for a while then wanted to make something himself. I told him I would teach him how to make a clothespin bag.
Now granted not every 6 year old is ready to use a sewing machine, iron or big fabric scissors, but mine happens to be a super cautious child and I knew with close supervision he’d be able to complete the project almost entirely by himself. And, he did!
So, whether you make it yourself or use it as a first-time project for your kids, here’s how to make a clothespin bag!
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What You’ll Need to Make a Clothespin Bag
1 pretty handkerchief
1 package of double-fold bias tape
How to Make a Clothespin Bag
Fold your handkerchief in half and iron along the fold. Cut along the crease.
Set one piece aside and fold the other in half horizontally, iron and cut. You’ll have two squares.
With each square fold over about 4 inches, iron and cut again. Discard the small strips. The pieces you have left will be the pockets you’ll sew onto each end of your set-aside piece from the first step.
Sew a piece of bias tape along one long edge of each small section.
Pin a small section of fabric to each end of the long half-section, bias tape edge towards the middle. Using the bias tape to seal the seams, sew tape all the way around the rectangle.
Now you can put a couple handfuls of clothespins in each pocket and hang the bag over the clothesline.