Sunday, February 3, 2013

Easy-breezy Clothespin Bag

Last summer, I was on the lookout for some easy-breezy kind of summer clothes.  You know...a gal standing on the beach, wearing crinkly, lightweight white cotton, blowing-in-the-breeze kind of clothes...and I didn't want to pay more than $5 for it...because I'm that cheap and I ruin clothes quickly.  One thing I found that had that look was a pretty, simple sleeveless shirt. It was light, it was comfortable, it was stand-on-the-beach breezy looking - so I bought it.
What I want to know is why I've never seen a bra or belly button showing in the photos of the long-haired gals, wearing pretty lightweight blouses - because this sweet little number was also see-through, so I never ended up wearing it.
I'm just not that easy-breezy kind of a girl...and no one in their right mind wants to see the surroundings of my belly button through my shirt.

So, what's a go-back-to-your-oversize, hides-the-belly-roll shirts kind of girl 
to do?   
Well, turn it into a clothespin bag, of course!  Our laundry room is {this} close to being finished, so I've been working on projects for it, and this seemed to fit the bill.
I just used a ruler to draw a line from the armhole to the bottom and another across the bottom to shorten it, then stitched those lines closed and I sewed on a cute little piece of hand-crocheted lace I had.
So, if I can't have that easy-breezy, be gorgeous on the beach kind of least my laundry room can, right?



  1. Totally adorable! I need a laundry room, then this goes on my list of things to make :-)

  2. Nice one! Like to see things being used when they no longer fulfill the purpose for which they were intended.!


  3. You make me laugh. Cute idea...I have a similar top that I don't wear due to the same reasons. Maybe I should do the same. I use a vintage one at the moment.
    Farmhouse hugs,

  4. Well Angie ... I got a chuckle out of that post. Love the cute clothes pin bag, but was hoping you will show us a picture of you wearing this "stand on-the-beach, breezy looking", sexy blouse. I know what you mean about wearing (hides-the-belly-roll) shirts. That is my kind too.
    Love the header ...
    Audrey Z.

  5. I love and want it, how darling. I may have to make a similar one myself. Great way to reuse those items!

  6. That is fabulous! I want that blouse!!!! I love this look and now I'm going to have to camp out at the thrift shop looking for something this cute so I can sew my own.

    You should sell these...

  7. That is THE CUTEST clothespin bag I've ever seen, Angie! Love it! I agree with Anne. You should make some up and sell'em! :)

    xoxo laurie

  8. Thanks for the giggle, Angie. That is one gorgeous clothespin bag. I'm not sure how I feel about clothespins being better dressed than me! I'm pinning it :)


  9. Such a creative idea, Angie! Love the vintage clothespins as well. I never thought of using clothing to make any sort of bag, well now I will be making my sweet!
    xo Pam

  10. Angie, I ADORED this! I´ve been sewing a couple of "french looking" white clothespins bags this weekend, but what you´ve made seems pretty much a better idea... and yes, I do have more than one of those light white summer blouses because I´m very fond of the "blowing-in-the-breeze kind of clothes" (as you call them LOL) so when I go around thrifting I always "rescue" something like that... I´m just checking my stock to find one which I can transform this way. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  11. Love the new banner! And that bag is pretty cool, too!

  12. What a great idea!!! So glad you thought of it. :-) I'm definitely making one of those.

  13. OK, Angie, you gave me an excellent idea with this post. Keeping it under wraps for now, but pinning the clothes pin bag so I don't forget!


  14. I love this idea! It turned out beautifully with the touch of lace and it gives off a vintage feel too! Thanks for the great tip! I just love reading your blog and am so excited when I see you in my in-box!

  15. I love it! I have a similar shirt, but it's a bit small for me now (workin' on that :) I am pinning this to my laundry room board. I'd love it if you linked this to my new linky party, "What We've Accomplished Wednesdays."

    Have a great weekend!

  16. How lovely Angie. I can't get enough of how creative you are and you always have me in stitches when I read your posts!

    Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant idea!:)


  17. Angie, you're just too cute...and so is this clothespin bag!!!

  18. I remember having a clothespin bag growing up. :) Makes me want to make one... even though I don't have any clothespins...

  19. I really like the clothespin bag and it looks easy to do also

  20. I love the new banner too!!! Gorgeous photo!

    The clothespin bag is beautiful, as your stuff always is. I made my own a couple of years ago and love it, but its nowhere near as pretty!

  21. Oh my goodness... this reminds me of my Grandma!!! She always had a floral looking shirt clothespin bag. This idea is a total gem! Shared it all over the land this weekend. ;)

  22. OH NO!!! I just gave to Salvation Army the cutest little camisole that would have been an adorable clothes pin bag. This is just the cutest idea!!! Oh well,:-) Thanks so much for sharing.

  23. well, just too too cute!!!
    and I just happen to have a couple of little blouses I can do that with. Hope you don't mind me borrowing idea. =)

    love your new banner too.

    (just back from vacation)


  24. This makes my clothespin bag look downright boring~love it!

    Thanks for linking to my first party and helping to make it a success.

    ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  25. Totally love this clothes pin bag! Thanks for the laugh and I'm pinning.

  26. That is just adorable! I have to make me one. lol Hugs, Peggy~PJH Designs


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