This is an adaptation of an old-fashioned method of drying socks or other little things on the clothesline. It makes an excellent gift for anyone (even with a dryer) who has small things to dry, indoors or out. The photo is meant to show how it can be hung on a clothesline by stretching the elastic over the clothesline and feeding the coat hanger through the loop so it can twist and turn with the wind and not fall off (may need a clothespin on the line on one side of the elastic to keep it from slipping along the line). I have found a myriad of uses for it over the years.
While camping: hanging up dishcloths, cuptowels, hand/bath towels, bathing suits, wet clothing - it hooks over a tree limb, through a tent loop or grommet, on the suit hanger in the car, or from the adjustment bars that hold most head rests in place. For travel: remove it from the hanger for ease of packing, and use an on-site hanger over the shower head or shower curtain rod to dry hand-washed things. At home: great for drying all those socks, underwear and other unmentionables, or various little things on the clothesline, and for drying those soggy mittens, hats, etc. after playing in the snow.
(Thank you to friend Karen for taking the photos.)
[Clothespin Hanger with Socks]
Step 1: Supplies needed:
1. Nine new, fairly sturdy clothespins that have a good grip and will survive a lot of repeated use. The opening in the spring should be large enough to allow relatively easy passage of the twill tape.
2. One package (about 60 inches or 1.5 meters) of 1/4 inch (7 mm) cotton or polyester-cotton twill tape (polyester can be used, but tends to fray more easily)
3. One piece of cord elastic, 12 inches (25 mm) long
4. Newspaper pattern
5. Two pieces matching scrap material, each approximately 7x18 inches (18x46 mm). Use a fairly sturdy material (cotton, cotton/polyester blends), print or plain, that will survive a lot of sunshine and the weight of the wet clothes.