the IJP Design

(The letter broadcasted at 08/03/2017)

It is with great sadness that I am announcing the closure of the IJP Design online shop, the golf clothing business I started with my business partners in 2006. The business will cease to trade from its website ( on2 April 2017.

It has always been our aim to run a unique and high quality product business that reflected my personality and passion for the game of golf, and my love of fashion both on and off the course.

Ultimately, however, we have been unable to justify its continuation after many years of investing in the business and a number of attempts to reshape it against an ever increasingly competitive landscape.

We do not want to close without giving all of our loyal customers and friends, one last chance to enjoy our products and I would encourage you to visit our website to check out our final sale offers.

I would like to sincerely thank you all for your custom over the years, and give you my very best wishes for all your future endeavours both on and off the golf course.

Ian talking about the IJP Desing at 2015

Renowned for his iconic tartan trousers on golfs biggest stages, IJP Design follows Poulters mantra of look good, play great by combining style and functionality to create contemporary collections that perform to the highest standards and stand out on the golf course. Over the years IJP Design has established a unique and exciting golf and lifestyle brand with a fashionable edge. The brand philosophy is to lead with the legs by designing the trousers first and then coordinating the rest of the outfit around them.

IJP Design are known for the signature Poulter Tartans worn by Ian James Poulter, the collections are created around the four colours in these tartans to perfectly co-ordinate our golf goods.

Sad day, own more IJP clothes than normal clothes! Ill keep the brand going in my society!

Going to miss it. Only brand of clothing I would wear. Ive made sure Ive got some more before stocks go.

Always loved the gear and enjoyed playing in it. Will miss it.

I will keep my tartan trousers as I treasure. Thanks for all!

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We have received an overwhelming response and would like to thank you for your passion and commitment to the community. In answer to many of your questions, please be aware that GirlSense fashions, e-Boutiques and account information will no longer be accessible. In addition, any G-cents you may have earned will no longer be applicable.

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Sew Guide

You have two choices now that you have decided to make your own clothes either make your own patterns with the help of tutorials in this site orbuy commercial sewing patterns. Both are good but making paper patterns is a little bit more adventurous than getting ready made pattern. Read on if you are up to it.

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Make a Dress free sewing pattern

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Make a drop shouldered top with shoulder slits

Make a ruffled tiered and fringed skirt from old jeans.

Make Fishermans wrap pants ( 2 types).

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How to make pattern to sew a Dolman sleeve top

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Step by step sewing instructions to sew plain salwar pants

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Most of the clothes available in the retails shops today are made like cookies  Of the same pattern, of the same size. Without considering that God has made us all unique. No other body is the same unless you are a twin. Check out the post onHow to dress according to your bodyshapefor more on this.

I never get to the cash counter of a retail shop or look at a fashion magazine without thinking that I could make that myself. After learning to sew your own clothes, before long you will be doing it yourself.

Not that sewing is very inexpensive; It costs money to buy fabric and the factory made general sized clothing are sometimes very inexpensive. They dont last long which is another matter. Think of yourself as a designer and you will be wearing good quality clothes which will last a very very long time.

If you have been buying clothes off the shelf till now but now you feel you should make your own clothes you are at the right place. You can now own clothes which are more fitting and more comfortable and can wear it with a pride of having made it yourself. Not to mention the kind of pleasure you get when you make something yourself.

Checkout these 15important dressmaking tipsto follow if you want perfect sewing

Checkout the post on thedifferent types of clothesavailable for you to make yourself

It is not very difficult to make sewing patterns yourself. In fact it is easy once you know how to. Just allow yourself to make small mistakes and then you are ready to go. Make the first garment in an inexpensive fabric and you will be able to forgive yourself for the mistakes you inevitably will be making with your first few projects

If you like a particular ready made dress you can make a copy of it by making a sewing pattern from it checkout this tutorial formaking a copy of your dress .

Checkout these posts onHow to take body measurements for making sewing patterns;&7 types of Body shapes which one is yours ?How to take Hip measurementHow to read a tape measureandthe  sewing tools you needfor start making clothes

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If you are an absolute beginner to sewing Checkout this post with allthe sewing tips and techniques a beginner who is learning how to sew should learn.

Drafting a pattern can be done on the paper or the cloth directly. Once you have made paper patterns, unless your body has not changed, you can keep on sewing with the same pattern again and again.

1. Time saving, if making the garment / or a single piece of garment like a sleeve, again; as, once you make a pattern you dont have to waste time the next time you are making a similar dress, in taking measurement and marking on paper etc ; you can just go about choosing your fabric and start sewing.

2. Ease of use is an obvious advantage as, if we mark directly on to the fabric and if there is some alteration in the measurement, the markings you have made may mess up your cloth.

A very useful and cheap marking tool which will be available with everyone is a piece of soap. Use left over thin slithers of soaps from your bathroom and store them near your cutting table. They can be used to mark on fabric- the advantage being that unlike all the traditional marking tools I have mentioned below they can easily be removed by rubbing gently with a wet cloth.

This chalk is especially made for fabric marking and comes in a number of colours; choose one in contrast to your cloth

This chalk is very easy to use and is gone with a wet wipe or wash

the marking might fade very fast with slightest touch

use this chalk like a pencil to trace around the pattern.

A pizza cutter like marking tool which makes small dotes in its wake.if used above a carbon paper creates a visible dotted line

the marks will go off with a wet rubbing; easy to see and not so easily removed as chalk.

mark made is difficult to see if used alone so cannot be used on see through or printed clothes. Also never use with carbon paper with dry clean only clothes or clothes which may not be washed before use.

use cardboard underneath to protect the other side of clothes and surface.

The ink in these pens disappear in a few days

some inks may not disappear so test on a patch of cloth

a sliver of bar soap is used to mark

cheap and you will have it at home always

cant be used on dry clean only fabrics; very difficult to see the marks on light coloured farbrics

Using needle and thread to stitch markings by hand

use tracing paper and wheel to make markings on wrong side then hand sew the line.

these are made using scissors; small snips are made at appropriate places

Do not over do it otherwise it can weaken the seam

clip about 1/4 inches into the seam allowance.

use contrasting thread to make small stitch without knotting the thread

used in places where marking with chalk and other tools are impossible

For more details on cutting fabric check the post Top tips  to cut fabric perfectly

Pattern pieces normally represent a garments right half. Fold your fabric in half lengthways with right sides together. Place the paper pattern piece straight on fold and pin spaced about 10 cms apart;  cut accurately. Do not forget to place one hand near the cutting line for stability while you cut with the other hand.

Some tips when marking your own patterns on to the fabric

Mark accurately be as precise as possible

You do not have to mark on the 2 fabric layers but while cutting this has to be taken into account

Always test your marking tool (chalk or pencil or tracing wheel) to see the impact on your chosen fabric and whether the mark will remain, or will it stain the fabric etc

Be sure to use a sharp pair of sewing scissors. If your scissors are blunt the edges will turn out ragged.

Take long cuts rather than many small cuts on straight edges and short cuts on curves.

A bodice top is something which you can alter to any style you want. Let your creativity run riot altering this pattern to what you want it to be

You can choose any of the60 plus neckline types50+ types of collar designsor40+ types of sleevesfor your bodice. Makeneckline patternsyoke patternsandsleeve patternsand design your own clothes keep in mind the different types of12 basic dress silhouettes10 types of waistlinesand9 types of skirt lengths.

Turn scarves to tops 2 DIY Scarf outfits.

This is made from a mens shirt step by step sewing instructions

Make a shorts with elastic waistband in the back and a fitting wasitband in the front. This pattern has a side opening with zipper and pant hooks.

Learn to sew different types of salwar kameez pants like Plain Salwar pants, Dhothi pants, chudidhar pants, Patiala Pants and Parallel pants.

Make DIY patterns to sew 8 basic styles of skirts

A line skirt ,Gathered skirt,Half circle skirt ,Full circle skirt,Handkerchief skirt,Gored skirt,Tulip hemmed skirt, Layered skirt,Waistband

You can design your neckline shape yourself with these patterns

Learn to draft different styles of Sleeves for your bodice. Turn any sleeveless top or dress into a sleeved garment very easily. Change the sleeves of your existing dress to a sleeve that suits you.

A Kaftan is the best and easiest dress or tunic that you can make for yourself. In just 2-3 seams you have a beautiful garment you have made for yourself.

With this tutorial you can draft pattern to sew a simple A line nighty as well as yoked nighty; you will also find instructions to make a gathered night

Sew a simple and fitting sari blouse for your latest sari with this easy to draft and sew pattern.

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23 neck designs How to choose the right one to sew

How to make patterns to sew 3 styles of sari petticoats

How to make pattern to sew a Dolman sleeve top

How to make pattern and sew a Pencil skirt

Step by step sewing instructions to sew plain salwar pants

Learn to make DIY pattern to sew a Slawar Kameez/ Kurta

Breastfeed your baby in privacy in any setting with this stylish but simple nursing cover. There are 2 ways of making it both very easy to make even for the ultimate beginner

How to make fabric NECKLACES 23 free DIY patterns

30 + FREE Underwear tutorials and patterns

20 Best & easy to sew Ballerina skirt tutorials

60 Free patterns to sew maxi skirts

20 beautiful Infinity scarf tutorials

Im trying to find a pattern for a jumpsuit and romper, Thank you

I am trying to find a pattern to make a split turtleneck. Do you have one? I need to know where to place the split, on the shoulder seam or more towards the front also, should I use knit fabric?

It might be a little unusual to find a man keen on sewing, and although I have three daughters, so it isnt hard to have projects to keep busy with, I dont really sew anything for myself. Most of the clothes designs around are quite samey and not very inspiring (which I guess reflects the limited sense of adventure men have when dressing). I am a keen maker with anything but prefer working with natural fabrics, and have a drawer full of cottons and a drawer full of silks that I brought back from Cambodia and Thailand. Do you have any ideas and tips I might use when designing or making for myself?

(As to websites, I have a sculpture one, just to introduce myself, and because I didnt want to leave the box below blank 🙂 )but havent been brave enough to put one together of clothes or food yet!

AuthorSarinaDecember 9, 2017 at 8:16 am

Thanks for your comment . I will add some mens clothing here. You are so right , not much fun in mens clothes but I see it changing gradually

Wowthe instructions to make patterns are very clear. Keep up the good work. Really happie to come across your website , inspires me to learn more and share more 🙂 You are making this world a better place to live 🙂

AuthorSarinaOctober 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm

Thank you so much for the kind words . inspires me to write more 🙂

I love this site. It is a wonderful tool for learning to sew.

AuthorSarinaAugust 13, 2017 at 9:44 pm

This site has interested me in trying to make my own outfits.

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Getting Started Making Your Own Clothes

From time to time I get e-mails from readers who are interested in learning how to make their own clothing. Those who get in touch are usually looking for a starting place or advice on which sewing machine they should buy. Since TaylorTailor is three years old this month, I thought I would try to share my thoughts on the topic. This is mainly intended for those who have never sewn anything before and is in no way comprehensive. You might be disappointed if you are looking for technical advice or a step-by-step guide; buy this model of sewing machine, buy this special book, turn to page 9, and BOOM, you will have a pair of jeans. Instead, what follows are basically the steps I went through to get started. Hopefully it is helpful to others who might be thinking about learning how to sew.

I am in no way an expert, or have any formal training with pattern making or sewing. While I do have an amazingly helpful mentor/teacher here in Nashville, Ive learned quite a bit on my own as well as from other blogs and websites. I may not do things the way a professional pattern maker or commercial sewing factory would do them, but I do what works for me with the knowledge and equipment I have on hand.

My first bit of advice is that you CAN do this. Dont let lack of knowledge stop you from trying something new. I had no idea what a bobbin is or what seam allowances are when I started. With that said, making a piece of clothing that looks like it came from a store, that you are proud to wear in public, is hard work. Dont expect to complete a shirt in a Saturday afternoon or quickly throw together a pair of jeans. This stuff takes time, lots of it, especially if youve never sewn before. I dont mean that last part as discouragement. If your expectations are aligned properly going in, you wont be disappointed when youve spent several weeks on the same project and it still isnt finished. Take your time, learn as you go, and enjoy the process however long it may be.

1. First, decide what types of garments/accessories you want to make, and try to gauge how committed you are going to be to learning something new. This will have an effect on how much you budget for your first sewing machine and which type of machine you decide to buy.

2. Get a sewing machine. Choosing the right machine really comes down to budget, personal preferences, and in some cases, the types of things you want to make. Here arethe machines I use.I cant make a specific recommendation for a machine that will work for every beginner, especially if Ive never used it myself. Sewing machines generally fall into two categories, those made for domestic or household use, and industrial sewing machines.

Pros of household/domestic sewing machines: portable, take up little space, most can do a variety of stitch types, they are versatile.

Cons of household/domestic sewing machines: lack power and speed, not ideal for really heavy materials, they can be less durable, although Im sure a good household machine that is properly cared for can last quite a few years.

Pros of industrial sewing machines: powerful, retain power even at low speeds, ability to sew very fast, heavy duty (note: this doesnt mean that they can all sew heavy duty materials. Depending on the machine, they can be set up for light or heavy work), made to do one task (such as a straight lockstitch) and do it really well.

Cons of industrial sewing machines: uni-taskers generally they can only do one type of stitch, need different machines to do different types of stitches (straight, zig zag, bar tack, etc.) not portable, weigh a lot, need dedicated place to put them.

Ive never had any problems with my industrial machine. The thing just works, and it works every time I turn it on. No fuss, no babying it, no mechanical issues. All other things being equal, if you have the space and the budget (a simple industrial can be cheaper than a complicated domestic) I would recommend an industrial sewing machine. Again, this is a personal preference, and after researching machines you might come to a different conclusion.

3. Learn how to use your machine. If you dont have a friend or relative to show you the basics, I would suggest checking out a local fabric/sewing supply store. If they dont offer classes for beginners, they are likely to know someone who offers private lessons who can get you started. Once you know a few basic things like how to adjust the thread tension, how to wind a bobbin, how to back tack, and how to change a needle, you are ready to start with your first project.

4. Keep it simple for your first couple of projects. I wanted to start with a three piece suit when I first got interested in sewing. My wife talked me down and convinced me to start with anapron. Im glad she did. Ive been sewing for three years and Im still not ready to tackle something like a mens suit. There are lots of commercial patterns available for beginners. With these simple projects you will develop your sewing skills, continue to learn the quirks of your machine, and get a feel for what you like and dont like to sew.

5. After suffering though a few aprons or pairs of pajamas, choose a project that is a little more complicated, something that might eventually turn into a piece of clothing you wear in public. For me, this was a pair ofjeans. You might find a commercial pattern for this project, or you might want to make your own pattern. Besides having a genuine interest in learning how to design and make my own patterns, I also decided to do so out of necessity. The commercial pattern business really seems to focus a lot more on womens clothing, which makes sense given that most of their customers are women. But, for a guy who is interested in making his own clothes this left me with few options for patterns, and Im extremely picky in terms of fit and style. The book I use to make patterns can be foundhere.

6. Once youve decided on a project and have a pattern in hand, make a test garment, or two, or three. For every new pattern I draft, I make at least two or three test garments out of cheap practice muslin before cutting into nice fabric. With each test garment, I make adjustments to the pattern and modify the fit as needed. There is no sense in ruining a nice piece of fabric with a pattern that doesnt fit the way you want it to.

As far as learning construction techniques goes, there are TONS of sewing books on the market. Here are the two that I use the most often for shirts and pants: David Coffin-Shirtmaking, David Coffin-Making Trousers for Men and Women.Another great way to learn construction techniques and some pattern making is to inspect store bought clothing. You can learn a lot by turning clothes inside out and inspecting seams, pockets, etc. Then there is good old fashion experience. The more you sew, the more you learn, the more the construction part will become intuitive.

Here are the tools I use the most often:

Iron/Ironing board- If you are just starting out, the iron/ironing board you currently have is probably fine. At some point though, you will want to invest in a decent quality iron and a nice ironing board. For many projects, you will spend more time pressing than at your sewing machine.

Chalk wheels(s)- For marking positions on fabric.

Seam ripper- This will be your best friend when you make a mistake.

Point turner- Not always essential, but can be helpful turning various kinds of points.

Rulers/curves- For pattern drafting and measuring during construction.

Tracing paper- For pattern drafting and modification.

Pattern weights- I like to use large round washers.

Rotary cutter and cutting mat- When used with pattern weights, the best way to cut fabric in my opinion.

Shears/scissors- for trimming seam allowances and other cuts, have a pair for fabric only, no paper, cardboard, or other materials which dull the blades quicker.

Flexible tape measure- Great for making fit adjustments.

Pins- To temporarily hold fabric pieces together before sewing. Pins tend to distort fabric, so use them sparingly and only when absolutely necessary.

With the beginning of a new year approaching, this might be the perfect time to start a new hobby and learn how to make your own clothing. As always, feel freeto get in touchif I can help in any way.

Canada_Steve December 31, 2012 @11:35 am

When I first became interested in denim I soon discovered that there was only limited resources online for building something that Id actually wear. I found that between your site and Peters sew along ( I found exactly what I needed to get me started in the right direction.

A year and a half later I now have my own straight leg pattern for selvedge denim that I created in CAD (Im a mechanical designer by trade). It can be scaled to different sizes with a single click & seam allowances automatically added after the fact so they go out of proportion. I sourced a used heavy duty vinyl plotter/cutter thats used to cut a new pattern from kraft paper at a moments notice. This is soooooooo much better than taping 8.511 sheets together!

For those that might be interested in the extreme world of raw denim theres the superdenim forum on It contains a wealth of knowledge relating to raw denim and some of the worlds most knowledgeable denim heads. Theres even a home-made jeans thread which seems to be gaining some momentum 🙂

Im still learning with every pair of jeans I build, but if there is anything that I can do to help your efforts please let me know 🙂 Thanks for getting me started & keep up the great work!

Taylor December 31, 2012 @12:06 pm

Thanks Steve! Im definitely jealous of your CAD set up. I would love to work on my patterns electronically, but Im not quite sure about the best software to use and if I could find a way to import my existing patterns into the software. Something Ill explore when I have the time.

Scooter January 6, 2013 @8:31 pm

Great little intro. Heres hoping more people take on the challenge of engineering themselves good-fitting clothes that suit them!

To add to the comments about sewing machines, an old domestic machine, old enough to be metal-bodied, can be a great compromise between an industrial and a domestic machine for a brand-new sewist. Theyre generally a bit more versatile than an industrial and easier to drive, but usually have plenty of power and are more or less bombproof, unlike newer domestics. Singer, Pfaff, Necchi, White, and Monkey Wards all made some great machines in the first half of the 20th century.

Theyre easy to find for less than a couple hundred bucks, so they make a nice entry to allow you to explore your interests and hopefully figure out what direction you want to go with your sewing.

I very accidentally lucked into this approach when I started sewing, and though I now have (ahem) five machines, including two juki industrials, I still frequently use my 60-pound pfaff from 1953. It purrs like a kitten, will handle anything from chiffon to five layers of midweight denim, and is absolutely reliable, with basic maintenance. Completely worth the fifty bucks and a great way to get started.

Taylor January 7, 2013 @12:21 pm

That is a great point. I have heard lots of good things about the old domestic machines. If I had more space I would probably have one. Without having direct experience though, I didnt want to try and talk about them. I wish they still made metal bodied domestic machines. I like that they are strong and durable, but take up less space than a modern industrial.

Good stuff. Waaaay beyond my capabilities! I recently tried to replace pockets in my denims. It didnt work out so well.

Making clothes just takes some time and practice. You can do it!

Victoria May 5, 2013 @6:26 am

Thanks for this post! I just bought a basic book yesterday but no tools yet! Its a daunting hobby to take up but Im really excited! I will bookmark your website!

Thanks for the encouragement. Im going to try make myself a bow tie. Ill let you know how it goes. eeeeeeek

Kushla September 2, 2013 @7:17 am

Ive heard that many people are learning to sew and I think its something I may just be interested in. As my older sister used to do lessons and my mother and nana are pretty good sewers, we have all the essentials needed. Ive had a quick browse on the Internet and I cant find online lessons or anything like that, just looking for some tips or something relevant. Im 12, in year 7, and Im looking forward to beginning! thank you xo

Taylor September 3, 2013 @5:57 pm

You might want to check out this website: The tutorials look to be very straight forward with great images and explanations.

Rebecca December 1, 2013 @7:33 am

I have just started teaching myself to sew. It came out of the need to have a skirt but not being able to afford one at the store and having to many jeans i dont wear. Making jean skirts are fun. Now i have material and teaching myself to make other things. I bookmarked your site and look forward to making my own cloths.

Amy February 12, 2014 @1:39 am

This is such a wonderful introduction to sewing! I have many people ask me similar questions but often forget what it is like when you are just starting out. This will be a great post to share.

Hi i want to start sewing and eventually start my own clothing line, but 1st things first for a person who would be a beginner. What advice does anyone have for me . Thank you

Salome Bronkhorst December 20, 2014 @6:10 am

I just dont know how to start making a pattern from one of my long pants,

could you please assist, this will be the first time that I will be trying to make a pants, I cant seem to get a pattern of this specific pants, and would like to try and cut my own pattern.

Taylor December 20, 2014 @10:46 am

Simply do a Google search for how to copy a pattern from a piece of clothing and you will see lots of blog posts and instructions.

Colin September 24, 2015 @8:43 am

I am looking to start making my own clothes, but eventually want to make my own 3 piece suits. Do you think that is achievable as a hobby?

Taylor September 24, 2015 @9:16 am

With lots of practice, patience, and study, I do think it is possible. My goal is to also make some suits at some point.

Ravel September 25, 2015 @3:24 pm

Hi, I just got a White (Model 88). I hope it is good for making shirts, sweaters, maybe some pants. I am just starting and hoping I wont have to buy another machine.

Joel October 19, 2015 @7:53 pm

Hello! Im looking foward in making my own clothing line,  I been really needing help finding tailors around my area, or a tailor period to help me make my designs to live.

Mark Pyles April 16, 2016 @5:34 am

I am a novice sewer and have various crafts but not clothing. I wish to learn how to sew a mens button down shirt dress and casual. Are there any beginning patterns available for a novice sewer that arent too complicated? Thank you.

Hannah Bryan April 28, 2016 @8:30 pm

hi, Im Hannah and Im 14 and want to try to make my own clothes, but I dont know how. I could use some tips and hints.

Alex Chukwumka Joseph March 20, 2017 @5:36 pm

Thanks so much for all that you said which has really encouraged me more to go into fashion designing. Please help me out on what site I can get videos on how to cut mens clothes. Thanks

Selam Afework April 2, 2017 @6:36 am

Thank you so much Taylor. This helps a lot for beginners like me where you get on to a lot of confusion on which type of basic stuff you need to get and work with.

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One of the things I missed while living in an apartment was my clothes line. As soon as we could, we put one up at the new house. We tried the pulley system, but the only place we could put it was right across the path into the back yard. I scoured freecycle and craigslist for clothes line posts that I could pick up (for free or a price) but nothing was ever posted. The other day, I noticed that my neighbor (the one who nowthinks I am insane) had a nice set up behind her garage and went over to ask about it. I told her that it was nice to not be the only one in the neighborhood to have one. I grew up visiting family in Amish country (Ohio), and even lived there for a few years, so seeing a clothes line was nothing new to me. For some reason, when we put one up sixteen years ago we were called tree hugging hippies. Now they are hip enough that you see them often.

After looking at her posts, Googling various instructions and pondering our needs, we came up with a plan.

5 landscaping timbers, a drill, saw, level, tape measure, 2 1/2 screws, 12 eye screws and two 6 1/2 lag screws.

Two feet deep and About *this* big around.

Then, Ifell into the hole.(But I recommend that you skip this step.)

Then, we got all scientifical, as Alex would say. We left the pole part the full 8, but cut the top beam to 66. We laid them on the ground, being sure to put the center post thing in the middle of the top beam. Using a drill bit that was slightly smaller than the lag screw, we drilled through the top support and into the pole part. After that, we laid the landscaping timber that was to be the support piece at an angle and marked where to cut it. Angle, schmangle.

Using the lag screws, attach the top beam to the pole. Using the screws,toenailthe angled supports to the top and pole, where they touch.

Once assembled, you can decide if you will be usingeye screwsto hold your line, or if you will just drill holes and run the line through it. As you can see from the picture, we skipped this part. Doh!

Thats ok. A small drill bit and screwdriver will take care of it.

To put it into the ground just pack the dirt around the post as hard as you can. For some reason Marty and Christian decided to pile stones and various lawn creatures left by the previous occupants, but you do not have to do that. In fact, I probably wouldnt if I were you. You can cement it into the ground, if you want to. (The easiest way to do that is to pack the dry concrete mix around the pole as hard as you can, and then wet it with the garden hose. Dont worry if you dont get the whole thing wet. The dry mix on the bottom will wick the moisture from the ground.) Ours are 20 feet apart.

Now, deciding which clothes line to use is your next step. Personally, I have always used cotton, but it usually sags. I am planning to use the cotton that I have, and replace it with plastic as needed.

By the way… for sagging lines you can prop them with either an old broom stick or 1 x 2. Notch the top or pound two nails into the end. Do not, I repeatdo notbut a clothes line prop. That is just silly!

Voil.120 feet of drying space, with the ability to add more. (A 66 top is big enough for up to 11 lines, if places 6 apart.)

It took more time to explain it than it did to build it, I promise.

5 landscaping timbers @ $1.97 each = $9.85

2 lag screws @ 72 each = $1.44

Screws = leftover from another project (But you can buy them at any big box home improvement store for a few $)

Clothes line = Already had mine but you can find 100 of cotton line at Wal-Mart for around $3

Clothes pins = Already had mine, but Wal-Mart sells 50 packs for 98

Considering the fact that my dryer bites and loads need to be run 2-3 times (I know, I know) the savings should be substantial.

(Really good picture of Amish clothes line fromflickr.Really average pictures from

I love my clothesline, however, today I learned an important lesson. Goats and loaded clotheslines dont mix….

Oh no! One of my favorite pictures is of a clothes line in Amish country with a goat munching on the hanging clothes. I will have to try to find that picture.I have found out that clothes lines and 12 year olds dont mix. You would think he would remember near decapitation and steer clear, you know?!

Hi there! I wrote about you on Tonic News Network today. Loved this post!Loved the photo and we posted it with credit to you. If we should credit someone else, please do let me know. (citymama at gmail dot com)

I wondered where the picture came from! I love traveling through Amish country on laundry day. The deep colors and the contrasting blacks are gorgeous.

Loved reading about your clothesline. I hope to put up one soon on the Amish style. Did your pulley system have a brake so that you could have the far end much higher than the lower end without everything rolling downhill? If so where did you find the pulley?

My mom uses a clothesline and we did when I was a child also…but, my concerns are dust and smoke and stuff from around me. If my window sills get dirty, wont the clothes on the line get dirty also?

How dusty do your windowsills get, hair girl? If you have to dust them twice a day, you probably dont want a clothes line.I live in the country surrounded by trees so Im not particularly worried about the polutants you might find in an industrial situation. I really enjoy the way the sun and air freshen the fabrics.Still looking for pulleys. Someone mentioned a well pulley that you use to pull up a bucket of water. Anyone have any idea where to find one? All suggestions appreciated.

I just love your clothes line.This is my next project.I live a 14 acres and I am dying for a clothes line.Yours is just PERFECT!!!! Thanks!..I wasnt sure if I could make my own,but seeing yours,I know I can.I just love the rocks!! Thanks again… 🙂

I just love your clothesline and rocks are really a nice touch.I live on 24 acres,we moves here 3 yrs ago and I have just been dying for a clothes line.Yours is just PERFECT!…This is my next project,at first I didnt think i could do it,but seeing yours just gave me the confidence to do so…Thanks!!!. 🙂 ALISHA

I love your clothesline idea- Were currently renting and I was looking for one I wouldnt really need to use concrete with… We do live in the desert in California though, so while we have plenty of sun and wind (and no rain), Im a little concerned about the dust… I guess well find out, because my windowsills get dusted once every two days, depending on what the wind kicks up!

I am SO excited to get the materials and try this! I used to live near the Amish in PA until I got marrie and moved to Florida. Clotheslines are so much cost effective, and better for the enviroment too! Thanks for the plan!

Thank you for the post! My DH was going to build me a clothesline for my birthday Sat. and I had one that I had wanted for a while. I decided to look on line and see if there were any styles I liked better and we both liked yours better. So I now have a clothesline like yours instead of the one I had planned on. Again, Thank you!

Great Idea , I was going to try making post with galvenized pipe.

PS Line dried clothes not only save energy the clothes last Much Longer.The lint in the electric dryer is clothing depreciation.

Great Idea , I was going to try making post with galvenized pipe.

PS Line dried clothes not only save energy the clothes last Much Longer.The lint in the electric dryer is clothing depreciation.

I have lived at my house over a year and could not get anyone to make me a clothes line. I found you on line and that very day I bought all the needed equipment. A friend of mine and I did this project in less than 2 hours, not counting the cement to dry. I am sooooooo happy. If I can do it, any woman can do it herself. Thank you so much for you article on how to build the perfect clothes line.

Im building one of these this weekend! Thanks for the info!

I just wanted to say thank you! My husband built this for me last weekend using your instructions and I am SO happy!!! Screw flowers, bring on the wooded clothesline posts, lol!!! Seriously, my kids were laughing at me for being so excited. So thanks, you helped make my summer!

Love my new clothes line; however, with all the materials, it ended up costing $40, but well worth it!

Im not even certain if you are still doing your blog or not, but I came across this when looking for some easy tips on how to build a clothesline. My boyfriend is in the garage right now building this for me and it already looks wonderful and it certainly seems sturdy enough. My 62 son is sitting on the poles as hes trying to drill into them. Thanks so much for your blog!

This seems to be a popular post, so here is an update:

In October 2008, we moved from Michigan to Mississippi and had to leave our clothes line behind. I still miss that thing.

I think I might try this! not much online about making your own..(that I found)have you made another in your new place?

This is a terrific tutorial. Im definitely saving it in my favorites for that day someday when hubby finds a little time.

What size/kind of landscaping timber are you getting for $1.97? What Im seeing are WAY more expensive!

To anonymous above, The Home Depot had them for less than $2 a couple of weeks ago.

I am SO excited to find directions for making a clothes line. Dads lines were made with painted iron pipes in 1960.

His lines are vinyl coated twisted wires. Im not sure if Ill beable to find it, but Ill try.

about the line getting dirty: I am a country–farm girl. We used a wet, slightly soapy wash cloth and ran the length of the line every now and then. Actually not much farm dust got on the lines since they are so thin compared to the window sills someone else was worried about

Would it be alright to link to this post in my blog? I just want to brag about how awesome a clothesline is and this is by far the best directional Ive found for making the posts online! Love it!

Awesome! I am about the same level of dyi as you when it comes to carpentry. Will start tomorrow. Let you know how it goes. By the way have you ever built a easy deck? Just wondering. lol Lou

I have searched high and low for a clothes line pole that would not fall apart, twist or rust. Living in Michigan, the weather can be brutal.

I sent a link to your site to my dad asking him if he would help me build these. I got a phone call ten minutes later. Hes going to the hardware store in the morning 🙂

If you could see what I have been using- the end 6 x 6 from our pergola to the side trim of the garage- definately not pretty. I am so excited to get the up and in use.

Thanks so much for posting this- I am sure that with something sturdy I will be able to use it way more than I currently use my makeshift clothes line.

Great design. I have one tip, however. If you use cedar 4×4 posts, they wont warp and bend like landscape timbers, and will last 5x longer. After a few years, if you put much tension on your line, your timbers will snap off at ground level.

go to a tractor supply or marine supply that sell boats and get some marine grade pulleys like the ones that are used on sail boats .

I have been wanting a clothesline forever and now that we moved out of the city and more into a lakeshore suburb in Michigan Im hoping to have one up this spring once the snow is gone…Ive been warned that since we have so many trees however that it might not be a good idea? Any ideas – the pics in this post look pretty similar to what we have although a few more trees in the actual yard. There is plenty of sun spots with no trees but there are definity trees around and Ive been told they get dusty dirty and buggy…

I love this! I am going to the store this week and purchase these parts. I love the price and my electric bill is too high because of the dryer. Thanks a bunch for posting this!!

I just googled how to build a clothes line and your blog was the first thing that popped up. The directions look very easy, Im sure my husband will appreciate it next month when we move to a new house and he has to build one!

Love the idea and just bought the supplies. In 2012, we payed $26 for the listed items. Each item was priced almost double the 2008 cost. That is still pretty good for a clothespole that will last for decades.

I just saw this and it is exactly what I have been trying ti figure out! This is a great and easy project! Mine will be finished by evening, if we dont get another storm.

I want to use metal clothes line material, and found where to get it! I am so excited!

For those of you looking for pulley systems, go to foe everything you need.

Thanks so much, You have made my day!

I built a clothes line just like this 2 years ago and today it just snapped. The wood at the base of the soil just broke off after I hung my final pair of shorts. Any tips on rebuilding so this doesnt happen again? Thanks!

At the poster above, try substituting pressure-treated 4×4 or 4×6 for the uprights; everything else should be fine. I intend to start with PT 4x4s but am glad to save some dough with landscape timbers for the rest. Plus, it looks a lot nicer that way. I also plan to bury mine at least 42 deep as I am in cold country and mine will heave, otherwise.

This is EXACTLY what Ive been looking for. Email a link to your page here to my neighbor to see if hell put this up for me. Thank you!

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