Make your own laundry bag

Difficulty rating: 3


  • Piece of cotton fabric measuring 102x30cm (40x30in)
  • 117cm (46in) cord for the drawstring
  • Scraps of coloured fabric for the appliqué
  • Spray fabric adhesive
  • Large safety pin
  • Sewing machine
  1. Cut out little shapes for clothes from the scraps of fabric. They should measure around 7.5cm (3in) high.
  2. Spray the backs of them with the glue, and position across the fabric.
  3. Put a little mark on each side of the fabric, about 20.3cm (8in) from the top. Drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine and use the free motion embroidery foot to stitch a washing line across the tops of the garments, beginning and ending at your marks. Go over the line a couple of times to make the stitching stand out. Sew round each of the garments to hold them in place, and stitch pegs.
  4. Zigzag stitch all the way round the raw edges of the main fabric to prevent fraying. Starting about 12.7cm (5in) from the top, sew the two side edges together, right sides together, with a wide seam allowance of 3.8cm (1½in).
  5. Open out the base of the bag so that the seam is central, and sew straight across the bottom.
  6. Fold over the top edge of the fabric twice to make a hem around 2.5cm (1in) deep.  Top stitch the hem.
  7. Turn the right way round and press. Place the safety pin on the end of the cord and thread through the top hem. Tie the two ends together.

Yours tip:
You could make smaller versions of this bag to store shoes in.

Project taken from Sew Useful by Debbie Shore, published by Search press, £9.99.