Create a Laundry Bag
Why is it that laundry seems to have a life of its own? Everyone has had mysteriously disappearing socks, somehow "eaten" by their washer or dryer. These easy-to-make laundry bags, sewn from unbleached canvas drop cloths, will not only help organize your family's clothes but are also an elegant addition to your laundry room.
- With wrong side up,
- Lay circle on top
- Stitch around circle
- When you have stitched
- Turn bag right side out
Using a template
(e.g. a large dinner plate) create a circle on the canvas in pencil. (Our circle was 13" across its middle plus 1" allowance for hem = 14" total diametre.)
Cut a ½" slit parallel
to long edge of fabric approximately 2" from top of fabric. Fold to create a small hem, then stitch. Repeat on opposite side of your rectangle. Make sure wrong side of fabric is facing up.
With wrong side up,
lay 50" length of ¼" cotton cord (or ribbon) about 1.5" from the top (long side) of the fabric rectangle. Fold fabric ¼" along the top, then fold over cord and pin. Sew hem along long side of fabric, enclosing cotton cord this will become the drawstring.
Stitch around circle
leaving ½" of rectangle unattached at beginning of seam. (This will allow you to make a seam up the laundry bag.) Tuck rectangle in as you go so the long edge of the rectangle is always parallel to the edge of the circle. Stitch approximately ½" from both edges of fabric.
When you have stitched
stitched both pieces of fabric together, you should have ½" of fabric left loose to sew up the side of the bag. Make sure bag is inside out and seam is pinned before sewing seam up to the drawstring.
Turn bag right side out
and tie cord or ribbon into a knot. If you are using a hook, thread cord through its hole before tying knot.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour
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