How To Make A Cute Clothespin Apron

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I used some fabric from a thrift store and some inexpensive cotton cording to make a cute clothespin apron as a homemade gift for my sister. She loved it! 

I used some fabric from a thrift store and some cotton cording to make a cute clothespin apron. It was an awesome gift! #TexasHomesteader

How Do I Corral Clothespins?

People have various methods of holding their clothespins when they’re hanging laundry. I’ve heard of such ways as clothespin aprons or even sewing the bottom of a cute baby’s dress and using a hanger to keep it on the line.

I love to hang our laundry on the line. There’s just nothing like that gorgeous Texas blue sky and sunshine to add the delightful aroma of pure sunshine to our clean clothes. 

Red/white gingham tablecloth and denim jeans hanging on laundry line drying in the sun. #TexasHomesteader

My sis is like me – loving the smell of sunshine on her clean laundry. So she hangs her clothes out to dry as well.

When she had a birthday recently I put on my thinking cap. Y’all know we like to make homemade gifts whenever possible, but what would she like. Hummm… I KNOW! I’ll make her a clothespin apron!

Line-Drying Clean Laundry

Like me, my baby sister has recently been bitten hard by the ‘green’ bug. Oh she’s been at least somewhat environmentally-aware all her life. But now all of a sudden she’s taking it to the next level.

These days she’s even making her own homemade yogurt and cottage cheese. I’m so proud of her, and I know this path of self-sufficiency makes her feel empowered too.

Although she’s always enjoyed hanging a few things on the line, she’s transitioning into hanging more & more clean laundry under that blue Texas sky to dry.

Not only does she love the savings, but she’s discovered there’s really no substitute for that amazing aroma of sunshine on clean laundry!

Homemade Clothespin Apron Gift From My Heart

First off let me say this gift to her is truly a labor of love. That’s because

I.  Hate.  To.  Sew! 

But if I’m going to make this gift myself I’ve gotta get out the mammoth sewing machine & get to it. I hope she understands exactly how much a part of me this gift is! Apparently I must love her or something.


Where To Find Used Fabric For Sewing

Now I know I could have gone to the fabric store & picked up the fabric that I needed, but I prefer to buy used if at all possible. It’s just an environmental preference for me.

Luckily I found the perfect fabric at our local thrift store. This cute country red & white checkered pattern will be perfect.

Finding A Tie Material

But I wonder what I’ll use for the apron’s tie. Ribbon didn’t seem heavy enough & I’m not about to sew a tie from scratch. (see sewing hatred statement above) I decided on braided cotton cord. Let’s see how this goes…

I used some fabric from a thrift store and some cotton cording to make a cute clothespin apron. It was an awesome gift! #TexasHomesteader

How To Assemble A Clothespin Apron 

So I cut a piece of fabric that measured approximately 17″ by 21″.  You can make yours larger or smaller, I just eyeballed it and this is the size I decided on.

Then I folded the top just a bit and then folded it over again & sewed along the seam to make about a 1″ casing for my apron. This will be where the tie will thread though.

When the casing was done I folded the bottom up to make a single 6.5-inch deep pocket. I had already hemmed it so I sewed each side of the pocket to attach the front to the back.

Now I have a pocket that’s folded at the bottom, open at the top with both right & left sides sewn closed.

I decided to also run a stitch down the middle so I could divide it into two smaller pockets. Each pocket ended up measuring about 6.5″ deep and 10.5″ wide.

Creating A Boxed Bottom In A Fabric Pocket

Then I stood back to see what I thought. Humm… Not bad.

But I really want a more open boxy bottom to the clothespin apron. I decided to use the same method as I use when I’m making my denim baskets with repurposed denim from old jean legs.

So I turned the pocket inside out and laid it out flat. I measured 1.5″ from the corner and drew a line evenly across. Then I pinned it and sewed a straight line across to make a triangle.

I used some fabric from a thrift store and some cotton cording to make a cute clothespin apron. It was an awesome gift! #TexasHomesteader

I only boxed the outside edge of the pocket, then I did the same thing to the other side so both pockets would be boxed.

Then when I turn the pockets right-side out again the bottoms of my pockets now form a boxed bottom.

I love it!  That’ll make the pockets a little more open which will make it a little easier for her to fetch the clothespins.

I used some fabric from a thrift store and some cotton cording to make a cute clothespin apron. It was an awesome gift! #TexasHomesteader

How Long To Make A Tie String

Then I used that cotton cording for my tie. I measured off way more than I needed & threaded it through the casing.

I purposely made the tie much longer than needed because if it were my apron I’d want to criss-cross it behind my back & tie it in front. Personally I think having the tie in front would just make it more comfortable to tie.

So I left a super-long tie knowing that my sister can leave it that long or cut it as short as she likes. Because you can cut it shorter, but you can’t make it longer ya know! I’d rather leave it longer than needed so she can make it work best for her.

I asked RancherMan to singe the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying. Then we tied a knot in each end. To reinforce the casing I hand-sewed the edge of the casing where the tie would come out to make sure it was tightly tacked.

Adding Vintage Clothespins To A Homemade Gift

Finally I wanted to include some vintage clothespins. So I contacted our local antique store & asked if they had any vintage clothespins.

Of course they hooked me up! Gotta love living in a small town.

Clothespin Apron for hanging laundry on the line - gingham cloth #TexasHomesteader

So there ya go. For only the price of a little cloth, some cotton cord and a handful of vintage pins, I have a clothespin apron gift that I know my sister will love.

And it’s so true that a gift straight from the heart is always well received!


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10 thoughts on “How To Make A Cute Clothespin Apron

  1. Nancy

    Hey Colleen and Tammy, I can’t remember the last time I actually bought fabric anyplace other then a thrift store, or I hit the jackpot a couple weeks ago at a garage sale. Nice thick fabric, too.

  2. Nancy

    Your apron is very cute. I love to sew and I made clothespin aprons for both my mom and myself many years ago ( in the early 90s). We both loved them. I’m hoping to get an umbrella clothesline when we get to Milwaukee. But I do have racks for winter weather.

  3. ColleenB.

    You and I both look at the thrift stores for fabric we can use for something else. I look for old cloth tablecloths, sheets, etc. that I think I may be able to use for one thing or another. Men’s flannel shirts; makes for great throw pillow covers
    Love your handy, dandy pin apron.. Love that fabric. Noticed that you are getting to be a quite the seamstress.
    I love making and wearing aprons.
    I remember growing up my mother had one of them clothes pin bags that had a metal hanger inside and it hung on the line.
    I don’t even own an electric dryer; haven’t owned one for several years. All my clothes get hung up.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I still have (and use) one of those clothespin bags with the metal hanger Colleen. I love that it’s vintage, but having a clothespin apron would be even simpler. I often find that I have to step down the clothesline a few steps to retrieve that hanging bag and reaching up & over into the bag isn’t as convenient as just reaching down & retrieving clothespins from a clothespin apron. I really, REALLY need to make one for myself. They’re not hard to make but DANG I don’t enjoy sewing! ~TxH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I typically strive for homemade gifts whenever possible Tracy. They always seem to be well received by gift recipients too. RancherMan & I are currently working on our homemade Christmas gifts. Yes it takes much more time (and sometimes even more money too, depending upon our project) but we feel it’s important to live our values so it’s worth the effort for us. I absolutely love this clothespin apron and am planning to make one for myself soon.

  4. AnnMarie Lewellyn

    Love this idea! I always hang my clothes on the line and can’t remember the last time I used the dryer. This apron is so cute and handy! I will be making one of these and I am sharing this post with my readers!

  5. Judy Stewart

    I hang my jeans outside unless it’s raining I know you like to hang things inside but that would make the air conditioner work much harder. What do you do about washing jeans in damp weather? Do you Break down and use the dryer, or just wait for better weather?

    I like your clothes pin apron. Good job!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I haven’t used my drier in several years, Judy. We typically wait for better weather if it’s raining, or if it’s raining for an extended amount of time we use the folding racks in our guest bedroom. I turn on the ceiling fan in there & if need be I can close the door. If need be I would use the drier, I just prefer not to. There are only 2 of us here so we have some flexibility with the laundry chore. So far it’s worked well for me. ~TxH~

  6. Ruth

    Homemade gifts are absolutely the best. I hear you on the “Hate to sew” at least when I’m crocheting if I make a mistake It’s easy to rip it out and fix.


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