Clothes Stops

During WW2 and perhaps later, New Entry Establishments' kit issue for Men dressed as Seamen included ,listed next to each other,;-

1 Type
1 Overall Suit ( 2 to stoker ratings)
24 Clothes Stops

What were Clothes Stops for?

A guess would be for lashing dhobeying to something immovable on the foc'sle in the face of Western Approaches gales.

Anyone know?
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