Easy Clothespin Bag DIY

Do you like to line dry your laundry? If you do then you know that a clothespin bag, especially a cute one, is almost a necessity. 

Laundry and clothespin bag hanging on clothesline outside

Once the air gets warmer and the days longer, I head outside to hang laundry on a clothesline snugly tied between two trees in my backyard. It's one of my favorite homemaking tasks and one that I look forward to doing every spring, summer, and even into the early fall.

For the longest time, I had so-so clothespin bags. Nothing cute, just basic, but this year I decided to add some pizazz to a ready-made canvas clothespin bag. I wanted to use a canvas bag for durability and I purchased this one from Amazon but you can find similar bags at other stores as well.


Canvas Clothespin Bag

Red Cricut Iron-On Vinyl or color of choice (Cricut.com - Amazon.com)

Cricut Explore Air or Other Cricut Machine (Cricut.com - Amazon.com)

Iron (I have an inexpensive iron similar to this one) or Cricut Easy Press

Pressing Pad and Ironing Cloth

Cricut Design Space Subscription

After you gather your supplies, you'll want to prepare your design for cutting.

In the Cricut Design Space choose a bird to "hold" the clothesline. I chose a basic bird with no 3D effects. I added one to a new project, then duplicated him and flipped him.

I added the word "clothespin" and curved it. You can see the details of the font, the size, and the curve degree in the picture above.

Once I had everything created, I proceeded to cut the iron-on vinyl.

Be sure to choose the mirror image option and place the vinyl shiny side down on the mat.

I like to iron whatever I'm adding the vinyl to first to smooth out any wrinkles.

I ironed on the text first,


then the two birds.

Once everything was ironed in place and had cooled off, I added a ribbon around the hanger portion and filled my clothespin bag with clothespins.

Laundry and clothespin bag hanging on clothesline outside

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  1. Mary Beth... I saw this somewhere in blogland and didn't know that it was yours! I LOVE it!! I was smitten the first time I saw it. It has that wonderful vintage look and red and white is a favorite of mine anytime... but especially perfect for a clothespin bag. You're going to have so much fun using that this summer.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Diane! I wanted the vintage look. Clotheslines and hanging clothes out makes me happy....yet another reason to love summer!