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« on: August 03, 2010 08:11:34 PM »

Yes, some of us still hang clothes outside and need a clothespinholder!

Inspired by the cute vintage clothespin holder made by craftylittlemonkey, I used my old ratty one as a pattern and made this!  It is much cuter and will be fun to use outside as I watch the real finches feed at the birdfeeder!

The old one had a small hanger inside which I repurposed.

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010 09:33:03 PM »

Very cute and useful! I need to get around to making myself one of these sometime, I just have an old milk jug hanging on my line for clothespins
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010 10:19:08 PM »

Love it!  I really need to make myself one of these, thanks for the inspiration! 
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2010 11:24:56 PM »

Very Cute, Always! I actually had those yellow finches in my yard in Joshua Tree, before I moved to PHX.
  I used to hang clothes outside there, but in this desert, you can get tiny
airborne pricklers in your stuff. My grandma found out the hard way, the Doctor had to pull them out of her PANTY AREA! So, not here. Still, very cute and worthwhile project, for the part of the country that doesn't have airborne cactus fibers!
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2010 01:10:07 AM »

yes i too still hang my laundry out in the garden! i bought one of these and found it had too big a hole so the pegs always fall out - i will follow your sweet example and make my own!
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2010 06:08:12 AM »

Yay! That's super awesome! I totally love the design and the fabric too, so cute!
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2010 03:06:20 PM »

Oh, that is great! I need a clothespin bag too, and you've totally inspired me. I don't have any of that great goldfinch fabric of course, but it made me think of the Baltimore orioles I sometimes see early in the morning. They build interesting bag-shaped nests with an opening on the side, just like you made, so an oriole nest pin bag would be perfect!

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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2010 08:55:34 PM »

I showed my girlfriend my pin bag and she said she had one that was made from kitchen dishtowels!  That is another good idea!

I have seen those bag nests...ha...I hope no birds decide to nest in mine--I better bring it in when I am done hanging the wash!
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2010 10:31:37 AM »

It looks great. I like the large hole for the pins, some are so small I constantly miss and they end up on the ground.
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2010 12:09:22 PM »

Thank you--I had to make the hole big enough because if I miss the bag, the clothepins would end up down the cliff! Cheesy

That is what is so nice about making your own stuff--you can fit it to your real life! Cheesy

Someone asked me where to get a small hanger like that...I used my old one, but I was told you can cut a regular wooden hanger or even use a baby clothes hanger!  Make one!!
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2010 01:00:59 PM »

Mine's on a baby clothes hanger.
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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2010 02:22:41 PM »

yep--yours was the one I was talking about! Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2010 04:55:55 PM »

I'm pretty sure it would fit on a regular hang though, come to think of it. There's space in the sleeves. That would keep it from falling off too, I tacked mine in place on that little hanger.
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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2010 11:28:43 PM »

Always, I just decided to use your idea and make a bag to hang on the laundry room door, for dryer lint. We don't keep a wastebasket in there, so this design would be perfect. I think I'll have to re-bend a wire hanger into a small shape, for the narrow area. The bag only has to be about 8 inches wide. I'm going to use rip-stop nylon. The stuff your windsock is made of. That way the lint will be easily removed. Maybe it can have a "Quick-release" drawstring bottom.
Thanks for a great idea!
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2010 06:24:44 AM »

One idea leads to another!!  I admit that I use dryer sheets...but I use them in my altered book art and paintings, so I save them...a bag in the laundry room would be great to put those in and hubby would not forget to save them!!

Now I have to dig through my stash and probably design in a bit differently--

I love your drawstring idea...do you reuse the lint or is this just meant as a gargabe bag when space is limited?  You come up with such clever ideas!
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2010 04:57:09 PM »

No! I don't re-use the lint! Ha! Ha! We just don't have space for a waste basket, and I hate plastic bags hanging on door knobs! I was thinking of making a bag for this purpose, but when I saw how your clothespin bag is made, I realized I need the hole in the front. Also, Mom won't let me keep a coffee can on the dryer. The drawstring idea came as I was thinking what a pain it would be to have to try to dump the lint back out thru the hole. And velcro would just get messy. So, then I realized that a drawstring, pulled tight to close, with a spring toggle saved from something, (I have such an item!)  would be perfect! Oh, and the nylon is slippery, so the stuff would drop right out when I wanted to empty it.
Thanks , Always!
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« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2010 06:26:55 AM »

I was trying to figure out a way to slip magnets into the back of the bag so that it could be put on the front of the washer, next to the dryer so that it would be in easy reach for me and my hubby to put the used dryer sheets in...I tried to see if the magnets would hold through the fabric and they don't...I think I need to make a bag and then attach it to something like a piece of wood that would have the magnets glued to them...I had a small plastic bucket on the washer, but we had to keep moving it and it also collected all the other junk, like rubberband, coins, lost buttons, etc....

Your use of the nylon to allow the lint to slip out is perfect!  It would be easy to push out, instead of having to pull it all out---ick...
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« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2010 07:15:58 AM »

Earth magnets would work through the fabic, they are insanely strong! I have some I ordered Always, I'll find a way to send you some in the post. (They have to be suspended inside a containers so they don't magnetize to things through the mailing process!)

A lint bag would be very neat! I do have a small garbage can that I use for that. And I've been planning on making it into paper later on, there are lots of colours in there! (black, white, grey, red, blue, muddy brownish).
I don't use dryer sheets and I make my own unscented washing soap so I can also set it out in the spring for birds to use for nests Smiley.
I refuse to get rid of it in any case, it's going to get incorporated into some sort of project or art or something, maybe I'll stuff a pillow with it or something...
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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2010 07:19:51 AM »

You must not have pets....Cheesy  My dryer lint is nasty looking!  I have put it out for the birds--so now we have to think of a bird lint sack or something to stuff with leftover yarns, lint, string etc!

oh my--one project leads into another--no wonder I am so busy!

I have not forgotten that I am sending you a package as well...I just keep finding stuff I want to send to destash! Cheesy
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I didn't realize I was throwing away so many possibilities with my lint and dryer sheets.  I should have known!  Smiley 

I really love the fabric and especially the contrasting lining, that's an extra special touch.  My clothespin bag is a repurposed kitchen towel, would look much fancier with lining and a pretty button.  May need a redo.
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« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2010 08:10:21 AM »

I have made very inexpensive fleece toys for my cats stuffed with dryer lint...since they live with the dog, the smell does not bother them...you can also hang them around the yard and the deer seem to be upset about the smell of dog hair and human contact... Cheesy

ha ha--we could write a book on lint and dryer sheets and clothespins! Cheesy

You did give me an idea for a vintage teatowel I have!  I think it might work to hold the dryer sheets!
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« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2010 10:34:38 AM »

Hmmm... I wonder if I have some bird print fabric left, for the outside of my bag?
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Great idea and I love those birds!
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