Now your clothesline needs a clothespin bag.
Search Amazon or Etsy to do it up right with an attractive vintage-looking one like my mom had, or make one yourself for free in a few minutes.
1. Plastic mesh vegetable sack used for onions or potatoes
2. Wire coat hanger (I took the trouser wire off a broken fancy wooden suit hanger)
3. Wire cutters and/or wire snips
See the photoset above for the basic idea and cruise internet pictures of clothespin bags if you’ve never seen a clothespin bag.
A Few Notes:
1. Before assembling, test that the mesh of your bag isn’t so big that clothespins fall through. If you are going to the grocery store to buy produce for the bag, take a clothespin with you to check.
2. You don’t have to weave every hole of the mesh through the coat hanger, you can skip a few holes between weave points.
3. If you have a really deep mesh bag but don’t want a really deep clothespin bag, customize your depth by cutting some off the top before weaving it onto the coat hanger.
4. A nice perk to the plastic mesh bag – it doesn’t hold water at all and it dries super fast after a rain. If your clothespins live outside in the bag, they’ll dry quickly, too.
5. I’ve used mine for about a week and love it. The only small drawback is the clothespins can get a little caught in the mesh as I take them out. Given my bag took very little tools/time/skill/materials to assemble, and it looks cute, I’m OK with it taking an an occasional extra half-second to grab them from the bag.
Whether you’re hanging laundry outside to show off your cute linens or to save the planet, you’re in it to win it with a totally reclaimed clothespin bag.