What's a Prairie Pin Pouch?
A Prairie Pin Pouch is a modern rendition of a classic clothespin bag. I found out about these handmade laundry helpers in a somewhat unusual fashion. We had some friends visiting from out of town one afternoon when the phone rang. On the line was Julie Pruett, creator of the Prairie Pin Pouch.
As it turns out, Julie had read a review I wrote several years ago on Amazon.com about a clothespin bag that didn't stand up well to our high winds. The flimsy thing kept blowing off the clothesline, dumping my pins about 12 feet below (our clothesline is on our raised deck). Very frustrating.
Julie saved that review and took the time to find me and contact me about her handmade clothespin bags, and sent me two samples – one to review and one to share.
Prairie Pin Pouch Clothespin Bag Basics
These pouches are made of durable duck cloth to help them stand up to years of wear, and measure 13 by 11 inches, so they have plenty of room for clothespins. If you compare my old bag side by side with the Prairie Pin Pouch (old bag is on the right), you can see how much larger the new bag is. The Prairie Pin Pouch is also hard wired to stay open for easy pin access. If you look at where the hanger connects to the bag, you'll see the Prairie Pin Pouch has closed wire loops, as opposed to the original pin bag which has the hooks stuck through grommets.
When you examine the hanger itself, you can see how much more substantial the Prairie Pin Pouch hanger is compared to the other bag. It grips the clothesline with over an inch of metal – much tougher to blow this one off.
Julie packs each bag with a little something extra – a bar of Fels-Naptha soap for laundry stain removal (or making your own homemade laundry soap) and 15 clothespins to help get your started. These are the peg styled pins, which work better on a narrow/wire laundry line as opposed to a thicker cloth line (which is what I have), but I thought it was still a nice touch. If you have the right line for them, they don't have any springs to get unsprung in high winds (I have killed many clothespins over the years via sprung springs).
The only thing I might suggest would be to tweak the design a little to place the hook towards the back like the Original Champion Bag from 1950 shown on the PPP website. I remember my mom having one of those bags, and it wore like iron. That laundry bag lasted through six kids and roughly half a century. It may still be hanging on the porch of the old homestead. I suspect the Prairie Pin Pouches will hold up as well. Julie has seven different fabric options shown on the site, so you can brighten up your laundry line while you hang up your clothes.
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