Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

A monogrammed pocket makes our laundry bag special. 

Add some fun to laundry day with a tote that’s witty, personalized and functional. The Dritz® Clothing Care laundry bag is all of these things in one! The roomy laundry bag comes preprinted with a funny saying on one side, “Life is too short for dirty laundry.” Use this tutorial to add a functional monogrammed pocket to the other side. Laundry day isn’t exciting, but you may as well have fun with it!

Sewing Tutorial: Add a Pocket to the Dritz Clothing Care Laundry Bag

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this bag:


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

1) Cut fabric as follows:

  • 13″ x 10-1/2″ print for large pocket
  • 6″ x 7″ plain for small pocket flap
  • 6″ x 9″ plain for small pocket
  • 6″ x 3-1/2″ fusible interfacing

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

2) Fold pocket flap in half (wrong sides together), so it measures 6″ x 3-1/2″ and press. Open flap and align 6″ edge of interfacing with fold and fuse in place. Fold flap with right sides together and stitch along sides with 1/2″ seam. Trim corners and turn right side out. Use point turner to push out corners. Press.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

3) Repeat step 2 with fabric for small pocket. (Note that you will not use interfacing on this piece.)


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

4) Turn bottom edge of pocket under 1/2″ and press.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

5) Topstitch along top edge of pocket. Topstitch along side edges and lower edges of pocket flap.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

6) Mark position of snap on front of pocket flap. Center at lower edge and about 1/2″ up from edge.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

7) On front of flap, place snap over marked spot. Position letters about 3/4″ from lower edge on front of flap. Remove snap cap and fuse letters following packaging instructions. (Note that snap will be applied later.)


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

8) For large pocket, turn top edge under 1″ and press. Turn raw edge under again about 1/4″. Stitch 5/8″ from top edge to hem. Turn sides and bottom under 1/2″ and press.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

9) Center small pocket on large pocket about 2″ from bottom edge. Pin in place. Stitch along sides and bottom of pocket to secure. Position flap at top of pocket, underside up, with raw edge aligned with top edge of pocket. Stitch 1/2″ from raw edge. Trim seam allowance close to stitching. Fold down flap and press. Topstitch close to folded edge to keep flap from popping up.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

10) From top side, insert pin at marked snap spot on flap. Mark underside position. Lay flap down to determine where pin will poke into small pocket. Mark pocket pin spot. Apply cap and socket at flap mark, and cap and stud at pocket mark.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

11) On back side of laundry bag, center large pocket about 4″ up from bottom corners of bag. Pin sides and bottom to single layer of bag.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

12) Stitch along sides and bottom of large pocket to secure.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

TIP: When stitching in the center of a large piece, tie thread ends together before inserting piece into sewing machine. This will make it much easier to hold the threads for a neat beginning stitch.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Personalized Laundry Bag

It’s done! Do you love it? We’re really pleased with how this bag came out, and actually looking forward to laundry day! The saying on the front is funny, and the pockets added to the back are functional. Use the small pocket for change or keys; use the large pocket to hold other Clothing Care items such as a lingerie bag or Magic Wand® stain remover.

This laundry bag is just one of the new items in our Clothing Care range; find other clever new items here. Do you have some tips for making laundry day more fun? Please do tell!

 

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