A European-Style Clothespin Apron

Though she didn't like it as a child, the author eventually concluded a clothespin apron is a practical and convenient item to have when hanging clothes to dry.

| March/April 1979

My mother originally used an apron-style clothespin bag in Germany and brought the pattern to America with her. When I was younger, I disliked wearing the heavy contraption around my waist. Now that I have laundry of my own, I've gone back to the old ways. In fact, I'm convinced that anyone who finds themselves hanging laundry on a line will love the convenience of this easy-to-make, big-pocket clothespin apron. And, you can whip one up for yourself in less than two hours!

All you need is a piece of material that measures 24 by 48 inches (preferably a heavy cotton or lightweight canvas or linen), plus 70 inches of bias seam binding (or a 70-inch strip of 1 1/4"-wide fabric).

Refer to this Clothespin Apron Pattern to help with cutting and folding.

Step 1: Cut two 12-inch strips of seam binding (or of the narrow fabric), leaving one strip 46 inches long.

Step 2: Cut out the apron pieces as shown in Fig A.

Step 3: Sew in four half-inch pleats on the apron's back panel (Fig. B) to match the top view shown in Fig. C.

5/22/2018 8:24:34 PM

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Alexandra Campbell
6/18/2012 8:20:36 PM

I agree with Jennifer K. I had one I gave away, and I'm missing it so much I'm making another one. When looking at the one pictured here, however, the same realization hit me: I was going to be stooping to use it. I began to understand why someone woud consider it heavy, too. Maybe if a person had several long lines they'd need to wrangle that many pegs, but with three ppl the smaller size carries all the pegs I ever use - without the need to bend. Another consideration might be the width/angle of the hand openings. Wider, more horizontal openings make for easier access than deeper ones - within reason of course, (smiles)

Kim Baird
6/9/2012 3:23:39 AM

I made one of these 30 years ago, and I still have/use it.

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