How To: Fabric Clothespin Caddy

Add a dose of handy DIY storage to your laundry room or mudroom with this fabric clothespin caddy.

Sew a Fabric Clothespin Caddy

Download our free pattern and create your own hanging fabric clothespin caddy. This do-it-yourself storage project is perfect for a laundry room or mudroom, where it will corral clothespins and keep them at the ready.

Finished size: 12 inches x 14 inches

Click here to download the template for the clothespin caddy.



Tracing paper

1/2 yard of 45-inch-wide print fabric (for caddy front and back)

3/4 yard of 45-inch-wide contrasting print fabric (for caddy lining, piping, and bow tie)

Fabric marking pen

2-1/4 yards narrow piping cord

Sewing machine and thread

8x8-inch piece lightweight fusible interfacing (optional)

Flat wooden hanger (13x13-1/2 inches )

1. Trace full-size caddy pattern, including the center oval, onto tracing paper.

2. Trace the full-size caddy pattern twice on print fabric; cut out for caddy front and back. The center oval will be traced and cut from caddy front in Step 6.

3. Repeat Step 2 with contrasting print fabric to make caddy front and back lining.

4. Cut a 1-1/2x24-inch strip of contrasting print fabric for bow tie.

5. Bias-cut enough 1-3/4-inch-wide strips of contrasting fabric to equal 2-1/2 yards in length for piping cord cover. Piece bias strips into a single 2-1/2-yard bias strip. Fold 2-1/2-yard bias strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside. Slide piping cord inside against fold. Using a piping foot on your sewing machine, sew bias strip edges together along piping cord to make piping.

6. Trace oval pattern onto caddy front using the fabric marking pen. If desired for extra support, press interfacing to wrong side of caddy front. Machine-stitch on the traced line. Cut out oval 1/4 inch inside the stitching. Place a piping piece around the oval on the wrong side of the caddy front with piping raw edges aligned with oval raw edge; machine-sew the piping on the stitched line.

7. Layer caddy front and caddy front lining with right sides together; align outside edges. Stitch caddy front to caddy front lining on piping stitching. Cut out lining oval; trim lining oval and piping seam allowance to match caddy front. Clip into seam allowances. Pull lining through oval opening so piping extends into oval. Align outer edges of caddy front and lining; press.

8. Starting at center top of right side of caddy front, place remaining piping around caddy outer edges; align piping raw edges with caddy front raw edges. Sew together, clipping into seam allowances as necessary.

9. Layer caddy back and caddy back lining with right sides together; align outside edges. Stitch caddy back to caddy back lining, leaving a gap in stitching to turn right sides out. Turn right sides out; stitch gap closed.

10. Layer caddy front and caddy back with right sides together; align outer edges. Stitch caddy front to caddy back, leaving an opening at center top edge and bottom edge as marked on the pattern, to make the caddy.

11. Trim seam allowance to 1/4 inch, clipping seam as necessary. Turn caddy right side out and press. Insert hanger through bottom opening and hanger hook through top opening. Stitch the bottom opening closed.

12. To make the bow tie trim, press fabric strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside. Open strip flat, fold raw edges to meet in center; press. Fold in half lengthwise, enclosing raw edges; press. Topstitch through all layers along pressed outer edges. Tie bow around hanger hook. Knot ends and trim excess.

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