Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

Premium denim + functional hardware = one good lookin’ bag!

Denim. Can you get enough of it? We can’t! We first saw the House of Denim collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics this spring and it was love at first sight. The wheels starting turning…what could we make with it? (Turns out, the better question is: what can’t you make with it?!) Our designer was in back-to-school mode and suggested a laundry bag for starters … it would be loaded with Dritz® hardware and features, and personalized with a monogram. Want to make one? 

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

Here are the fabrics and sewing supplies you’ll need to make this laundry bag:

Fabrics:

  • House of Denim Railroad (stripe) denim (1-1/2 yds): 48” x 23-1/2” piece for top section of bag
  • House of Denim Draper (solid) denim (3/4 yd):
    • Two 16” circles for bag bottom
    • 48” x 9” piece for bottom section of bag
    • Two 3” x 3-1/4” pieces for shoulder strap end covers
    • 3” x 3” piece for swivel hook tab
    • 2-1/4” x 3” piece for cord lock

Dritz® sewing supplies:

Omnigrid® supplies:

Other supplies:

  • Batting (1/2 yd) – 16” circle
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing (1/4 yd) – 48” x 2”, pieced
  • Paper-backed fusible web and tear-away stabilizer – 8″ x 10″ piece of each
  • Sewing machine and contrasting thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Hammer 
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Serger (optional)

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag with Dritz Sewing Fasteners & Robert Kaufman Denim

Want to get your hands on some of this fabulous denim? We can’t blame you!

Contact your local shops to see if they carry it, and check out the full collection of chambrays and denims on the Robert Kaufman website.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

We had fun choosing the Dritz® hardware for this bag. D-rings, grommets, a swivel hook, cotton belting – they look great, but they add a professional finished touch and tons of functionality, too. Regardless of the DIY project you’re working on, don’t forget the hardware!


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

1) Cut the fabric, batting & interfacing pieces as noted in the supply list above. 

TIP: Use Omnigrid® rulers, rotary cutter and cutting mat for precise fabric cuts. We used the 6″ square ruler for the small fabric pieces and the 6″ x 24″ ruler for the larger pieces.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

2) Pin and stitch top stripe to solid bottom along 48” side. Use a ½” seam. We used a serger to stitch our ½” seams. Press seam towards solid bottom. Topstitch on solid bottom about ¼” from seam. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

3) Print a large monogram letter from your computer. Remember to print as a mirror image. Using paper-backed fusible web and solid denim make a monogram letter following package instructions. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

4) Fold bag in half widthwise, wrong sides together, and lay on work surface with raw edges to the right. Cut out letter, remove backing and center on striped top of folded bag about 2” up from seam. Fuse to bag.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

5) Apply stabilizer to wrong side of bag directly behind letter. With wide satin stitch, stitch around letter. Tear away stabilizer from wrong side of bag.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

6) Fuse pieced interfacing strips to wrong side at top edge of bag. With ½” seam, serger (or stitch) side seam, right sides together. Press seam to one side. Serge top edge to finish. Fold top edge down 2” and press. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

7) Fold swivel hook tab in half with right sides together. Stitch with 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out and press, centering seam. Top stitch along both edges. Loop tab through swivel hook and align raw ends. Stitch across tab near swivel hook. On inside of bag, center tab over side seam and 3-1/2” from top edge; pin. Fold top of bag down and topstitch 1-3/4” from top edge.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

8) For grommet placement, measure 5-7/8” from seam and 1” down from top. Mark and continue to move along top edge to mark grommet positions every 5-7/8”. Apply grommets following package instructions, and check out the grommets tutorial on our website.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

9) Sandwich batting between denim circles with wrong sides together. Baste layers together. Divide circle and lower edge of bag into quarters and mark with pins. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

10) Pin bottom circle to lower edge of bag, right sides together, matching pins. Stitch with ½” seam. Serger edges to finish.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

11) Cut 5” piece of belting for hanging hook. Loop belting through 1 D-ring and align raw ends. Stitch close to D-ring. Cut 30” piece of belting for strap and align end with D-ring ends. Baste together. Cut 6” piece of belting for strap D-rings. Loop belting through 2 D-rings; align raw ends and stitch about ½” from loop.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

12) Press both long edges of strap covers under 1/2”. Press 1 short edge under 1/4”. Open 1 long edge of cover and center D-ring hook/strap on wrong side of cover aligning raw edge with open fold. (D-ring side is down.) Fold top edge down; pin. Wrap raw edge side around belting first and then folded edge side; pin. Baste down center fold. Repeat for double D-ring strap.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry Bag

13) Position strap end with hook over side seam and down 2” from top edge. Place double D-ring strap end over side seam and 2” up from bottom seam. Stitch around edges of strap covers and an “X” through the centers to secure.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry bag

14) Cut end of strap at an angle and stitch to keep from unraveling. Apply some Fray Check™ to minimize fraying. Loop strap end through both D-rings and then back through just the top D-ring to form shoulder strap. Adjust to desired length.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry bag

15) Stitch long ends of cord lock, right sides together, with 1/4” seam. Turn right side out and press, centering seam. Bring raw edges together, seam side out, and stitch with 1/4″ seam. Turn seam to inside and press lightly to flatten slightly. Stitch 5/16” from each fold to create narrow openings for cable cord.  


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry bag

16) Tape ends of cable cord tightly. Weave back and forth between grommets. Use a bodkin to thread cord ends through cord lock. It should be able to slide but with some resistance.

TIP: Not familiar with what a bodkin is? See more here.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Denim Laundry bag

17) Knot cords at desired length and trim ends. Apply some Liquid Stitch™ fabric glue to top and bottom of knot to keep it secure.


Do you like it? We think it’s quite cool. The denim looks fabulous and the finishes are professional. What a great way to tote laundry to and from the dorm (or just to the laundry room)!

What kinds of projects would you make with this denim and Dritz® hardware?

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