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Crochet a Recycled Clothes Pin Bag

Posted on August 11, 2007

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Last month I purchased a sunshine umbrella. It’s one of those clothes line things you unfold and put in the ground to hang your clothes on to dry. I haven’t had anything outside to hang my clothes on for quite awhile at this home. But wanting to do the eco friendly thing, I want to hang my clothes outside to dry. It saves electricity and money on my power bill and of course is environmentally friendly!

Anyway I didn’t have a clothes pin bag. So I got busy and crochet myself one. I love to make things that I need from recycled materials and hope others do too. If you need to know how to make plastic bag yarn, here is the link. Once you have your yarn, you are ready to go!

Here is a picture of the little hanger I used for the inside. It is 10 inches long and fits perfectly inside my peg bag. You might also use a baby hanger as they are small.
Hanger

So what are you waiting for, grab that crochet hook and get to work!

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Free Pattern for Crocheted Clothes Pin “Peg” Bag

Materials needed:
One large ball of plastic bag yarn “Plarn”
One 8”-10” long plastic hanger to fit inside bag

Hook: “N” size metal hook

Description: Clothes Pin Bag
Bag measures 12” wide and 12” long

Directions:
Ch 28

Rnd 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Work 2 Hdc in end st, then continue around other side of chain by working a Hdc in ea st to other end then work 2 Hdc in end st.

Rnd 2
Hdc in each st around to first end, work 2 Hdc in 1 end st, then Hdc in ea st to other end, then work 2 Hdc in 1 end st. Do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag.

Rnd 3-4
Repeat rnd 2.

Rnd 5
Hdc in ea st around the entire bag bottom.

Rnd 6 – 13
Repeat rnd 5. End at side of bag to begin next rnd.

Rnd 14
Hdc in next 11 sts, Sl St in next 8 sts. Ch 1, (edit note, in some cases this Ch 1 may not be necessary, omit if not needed to make your bag.) Hdc in next 11 sts and continue around back working Hdc in ea st back to beginning side of bag. FO and weave in ends on inside of bag.

Rnd 15
Attach plarn at left side of front opening edge where 1st Hdc was made in Rnd 14 after the 8 Sl Sts. Ch 1, work Hdc in ea st of row back around to front opening, ending with Hdc in last st before opening.

Tip: Check to make sure both sides are matched and balance. Adjust your sts if needed so both sides and opening is even on either side.

Rnd 16 – 20
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in ea st back to beginning opening.

Rnd 21
Working with RS facing out, Hdc in across rnd to opening. Do not turn. Ch 12.
(Allow extra sts as to create an arch for opening.)

Join with a SC in opposite side of opening, Hdc in ea remaining st of rnd.

Rnd 22
Hdc in ea st to start of Ch 12 opening, work 16 Sc around the chain evenly then Hdc in ea remaining sts of the round. End at side of bag.

Rnd 23
Work 1 Hdc dec over the next two sts at side of bag (work 1 Hdc together over 2 sts to create 1 dec). Hdc in ea st to other side of bag, work 1 Hdc dec over next 2 sts at side of bag to match other side.

Rnd 24
Hdc in ea st around entire bag.

Rnd 25
Work 1 Hdc dec over next 2 sts at side of bag, then Hdc in ea st to other side of bag. Work 1 Hdc dec over next 2 sts at side of bag, then Hdc in ea remaining st of rnd.

Rnd 26
Starting at side of bag, Hdc in ea st around to where arch begins for front opening (You are still at back of bag). To match arch in front, Dc in ea st behind arch opening to match front arch. Then switch back to hdc st once arch match is completed at back side of bag. Hdc in ea remaining st around side and across front back to the beginning. End at side of bag.

Rnd 27
Ch 1, Don’t turn! Working with RS facing, Sc through both layers of front and back of bag.
Sc in ea st starting at top edge corners. Work Sc’s evenly across front to center 2 sts, leave the 2 center sts open (unworked) to insert hanger hook. Sl St in front layer only across the 2 center sts, then Sc again through both layers to enclose top of bag in ea remaining sts ending in upper corner. FO.

Center Opening
Attach plarn at upper right corner of bag opening with a Sl St. Sc evenly down and around opening of bag back up to top left corner. Don’t Sc around top open edge of bag. (This provides a smooth edge to your bag opening.)

FO and weave under all ends.

Option: Add a ribbon bow by attaching a piece of ribbon just above the opening. Tie a bow and trim ribbon ends to match. See this link for example.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Dec – Decrease
FO – Finish Off
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
RS – Right Side
Sc - Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
St – Stitch

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2007-2010

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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36 Responses to “Crochet a Recycled Clothes Pin Bag”

  1. Anonymous
    Aug 11, 2007

    Crochet a Recycled Clothes Pin Bag…

    Cute, practical, ecologically sound. Plus also? Clotheslines! squeal!…


  2. Thrifty Karen
    Aug 13, 2007

    Great job. Thanks for participating in the Make it from Scratch carnival.

    Karen
    http://www.balanceindiet.com


  3. HowToMe
    Aug 14, 2007

    Oh, that is lovely :-) Very nice job.

    (MIFS)


  4. Bridget
    Aug 14, 2007

    that is gorgeous!! Do you do paid work for other people? I would love to buy one like that!


  5. Cindy
    Aug 14, 2007

    Bridget,
    Yes I do take custom orders for any of my bags I make. I just sent you a PM with the details. Thanks for your interest in my recycled bags!


  6. Stephanie
    Aug 15, 2007

    Another great project Cindy!


  7. Moxie
    Aug 16, 2007

    This is absolutely awesome! I wish I had figured out how to make plarn years ago. I’m totally going to try this. Cool site!


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  9. Maria
    Aug 27, 2007

    That is a great idea….wow fabulous!!


  10. Oh my gosh! I think that would be perfect for storing bath toys in the bathroom! Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

    I love the way you recycle your plastic bags! And I have bookmarked your site too! :-)


  11. Diane Drinkwater
    Sep 22, 2007

    I’d been thinking about making a light cover for mine to stop me having to rush out and get clothes in when it showers. Saw some bloke on dragon’s den with one though, so it’s been done, although his covered the poles only so didn’t protect anything from the rain being blown in.

    I use my “sunshine umbrella” – we call them rotary airers (Or at least the shops do)

    Mine managed to act as a butterfly egg holder this year. I happened to be hanging washing out when they were all hatching and falling to the ground. Was impressive!

    On a sunny day hanging the clothes outside is quicker than the tumble dryer – which is fantastic!

    I might give your pattern a whirl when I get a minute as it looks fairly easy! Thanks for the inspiration!


  12. [...] feature is from My Recycled Bags with the instructions for Crochet a Recycled Clothes Pin Bag Free Pattern for Crocheted Clothes Pin “Peg” [...]


  13. Wahoo
    Oct 06, 2007

    Thank you for sharing!


  14. Ruth Arnett
    Nov 26, 2007

    i made one of the bags for my husband,he had a stroke several years ago.so i made one for his bath stuff and he can just take it into the shower with him.
    thanks


  15. Susan
    Jun 11, 2008

    How can I print the directions for the clothepin bag. I would love to make one.

    Thanks!


  16. Cindy
    Jun 11, 2008

    @Susan,
    Just use the print button on your browser or you can cut and paste it into
    Word and then print. If you’re not seeing the whole pattern, its because
    you need to click on the green read more link. Or just click on the post title
    at the top to reveal the complete post. Good luck.


  17. [...] some really cute crochet projects by just adding some ribbon, fun fur, or other embellishments. Here is the link to my free clothespin “peg” bag pattern if you’d like to crochet this project. [...]


  18. Dewayne Hamilton
    Jul 20, 2008

    This pattern is so cool . I am gonna try it as soon as I get some plarn made up. Which might take awhile…one of the lads is really BIG on recycling…most of the bags end up in the recycle bin…lol.


  19. Patricia
    Aug 30, 2008

    Thanks so much for the wonderful pattern – I have to make this, lovely.


  20. [...] got to the top there and sort of made the bag smaller than the hanger. I got the directions from This awesome site. She makes all kinds of neat-o cool things out of plastic bags. I usually use my canvas [...]


  21. Jen
    May 08, 2009

    OMG! I was going to make a Market Bag with my plarn but THIS is what I’m going to make! You are wonderful for sharing such a Fab project with us!

    Thank You, Thank You!

    Jen’s last blog post..Featured Seller Of The Week ~ May 3 – May 10


  22. [...] Or why not recycle an existing coat hanger into a peg bag? Free online tutorial here… [...]


  23. bags
    Aug 29, 2009

    Perfect! Mine hangs outside and always rots!


  24. [...] am definitely in need of a clothes pin bag. There is a crochet pattern over at myrecycledbags made with plastic yarn. I have actually found one knitted version at craftster for free, but since [...]


  25. [...] Or why not recycle an existing coat hanger into a peg bag? Free online tutorial here. [...]


  26. Edina
    Jun 10, 2010

    A fab idea! It will stop the butterflies and spiders laying eggs all over my pegs! Last year it was tiny caterpillas roaming the washing line and this year it’s baby spiders! I’m glad they like it but it makes it hard to put the washing out.


  27. Charlotte
    Jul 08, 2010

    Another good use to recycle thoses plastic bags we get so many of. Can only use so many for wet garbage/coffee grounds/doggie poo, also use them when weeding.

    Can’t wait to run around your site and see some more good recycle ideas

    Char


  28. Virginia
    Jul 09, 2010

    This is great also nice for hanging in the shower at health spa Thank u Virginia


  29. Deborah
    Jul 09, 2010

    I just wanted to thank you for this site and the pattern for the clothes pin bag. For the last few days I have been cutting up all my plastic bags and crocheting them into the bag. It is so fun and cute! Thanks.


  30. tamara
    Jan 26, 2011

    I only heard about this way of reusing bags a couple of days ago and think it’s brilliant. Can’t wait to get started!! Thank you


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  35. wendy
    Apr 22, 2013

    Love the PLARN idea-recycling and upcycling rocks!
    just a word of caution for something made of plastic bags and direct sunlight. I had some items in plastic bags on my patio and it didn’t take very long for them to disintegrate into little flakes of plastic-I suggest using the clothespin bag-but keep it inside–out of direct sunlight when not in use. This should extend the life of the item- ;)


  36. Cindy
    Apr 24, 2013

    @Wendy — Yes some bags do break down faster than others. All the bags I use are non-biodegradable so they tend to last longer. I do agree that not leaving a bag such as a clothespin bag out in the sun and weather does help prolong its life. I do bring my bag in after using it daily and it’s lasted several years now. Thanks for the tips and for visiting my blog.



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  1. Anonymous says:

    Crochet a Recycled Clothes Pin Bag…

    Cute, practical, ecologically sound. Plus also? Clotheslines! squeal!…

  2. [...] feature is from My Recycled Bags with the instructions for Crochet a Recycled Clothes Pin Bag Free Pattern for Crocheted Clothes Pin “Peg” [...]

  3. [...] some really cute crochet projects by just adding some ribbon, fun fur, or other embellishments. Here is the link to my free clothespin “peg” bag pattern if you’d like to crochet this project. [...]

  4. [...] got to the top there and sort of made the bag smaller than the hanger. I got the directions from This awesome site. She makes all kinds of neat-o cool things out of plastic bags. I usually use my canvas [...]

  5. [...] Or why not recycle an existing coat hanger into a peg bag? Free online tutorial here… [...]

  6. [...] am definitely in need of a clothes pin bag. There is a crochet pattern over at myrecycledbags made with plastic yarn. I have actually found one knitted version at craftster for free, but since [...]

  7. [...] Or why not recycle an existing coat hanger into a peg bag? Free online tutorial here. [...]

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Hello, I’m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. I love to learn and share information about crocheted and other items crafted from recycled materials. This is a green, eco-friendly website that is dedicated to recycling and crafting.
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