Travel Laundry Bag / Lingerie Bag Tutorial

IMGP6642

I’m going on vacation at the end of this month, so I figured I needed a bag to keep all my dirty clothes in (so I’m not accidentally wearing dirty things half my trip!) I looked into buying one, but I realized they’re so easy to make, I may as well just whip it up myself. This is a great project for beginning sewists and advanced alike –  it only takes a few hours, it’s easy, and it’s super useful!

You’ll Need:

  • About 1/2 yard of fabric
  • 3/8in ribbon
  • Needle and Thread or sewing machine
  • Fray Stop / Clear Nail Polish (optional)

Your bag can be any size you want – I made mine about 19 x 15. Choose the size you want, and add about four inches to the length and an inch to the width. The four inches will become the ruffle, and the inch on the width is for seam allowance.

Cut our your rectangles on the fabric fold (I marked mine straight onto the fabric, but you can trace out a rectangle pattern if you want, or if you are planning to make a lot!

IMGP6630

Turn this rectangle inside out, right sides together, and pin the two long sides.

IMGP6633

Sew these two seams, and press the seams open for a flat finish! If you want your bag to last, finish the raw edges with a zig zag stitch, or cut them with pinking shears.

IMGP6634

Fold over the top edge of your bag two inches, and tuck the raw edge under. Sew this carefully. I used a contrasting thread because I thought it would look nice! Leave a small space for inserting the ribbon. After you’ve sewn this first row, sew another about a half-inch above it (or more, if you plan to use a wider ribbon). Finish this line of stitching and don’t leave a gap.

IMGP6636

Next, turn your bag right way out, and cut a tiny hole next to the opening you left. You can finish this edge, or you can be lazy like me and use fray stop! I figure my bag isn’t going to be a huge fashion accessory, it’s just for keeping underwear or dirty clothes in, so I  decided it would do.

IMGP6638

 

Finally, cut your ribbon about 1.5x as long as the length of the opening, and thread it through!

IMGP6644

You’re done!

 

IMGP6642

IMGP6650
IMGP6655

Use it for holding underwear, for dirty laundry, or even for a pair of shoes. It’s a quick project and great for organizing your travel stuff!

 

Inara

 

 

Advertisements

Want to leave a comment?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s