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Easy Fabric Laundry Tote

This Easy Fabric Laundry Tote from Heather Valentine is great for those who are looking for beginner sewing projects.  This creative and easy to make laundry bag will keep clothes organized between washes!

Easy Fabric Laundry Tote


  • Fabric
  • Zipper
  • Trims/scraps
  • Color Fast Fabric Sheet for printer (optional)



  1. Cut 1 piece of fabric 11 1/2″ x 28 1/2″. This will make a finished bag 11″ wide x 14″ long.
  2. Turn under each end for a clean finish and single needle top stitch.
  3. I added some fabric scraps and a fun name tag to make them pretty for my girls. The name tag was super simple to make. I used June Tailor Sew in Colorfast fabric sheets and a frame graphic from the Graphics Fairy.
  4. To keep the project easy, I am adding the zipper to the outside of bag. *meaning the zipper tape is exposed on the face of the bag. Pin zipper in place and with your zipper foot attachment, straight stitch the zipper to each end. **Tip- place a ruler between the layers of your bag when pinning. This will prevent you from pinning through both layers.
  5. Depending on the length of your zipper, you may need to open and close the zipper when stitching to accommodate bulk from the zipper head. I added an extra zig zag stitch along the bottom edge of tape for stability. *if using a zipper that is longer, just be sure to bar tack at the end as a stopper.
  6. Turn your bag right side out and add a fabric loop if you like. To make the loop fold a scrap in half lengthwise and zig zag down the center for stability. Fold stitched loop in half again and stitch to the upper corner of your bag. I even added a row of 1/4″ single needle stitching along the top edge to keep the bag from twisting.



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This is a great idea as a travel must have. If you travel often then you need to separate your clean clothes from your dirty ones. You can make this using the same material that makes raincoats so that you can take it with you swimming. That way all your clothes don't get soaked plus adding your name tag is a great way to keep track of your stuff.

This laundry tote is a great idea for keeping dirty clothes separate from clean especially when grand kids go to their dads some weekends. I am going to have to make some for them to take with them. These are so cute and super easy to make.I love that you can design them the way you like.I think I will make them bigger though. What do you think of sewing some vinyl on inside to keep tote from getting wet?

Cute, I've made both of my kids laundry bags when they were babies for over night trips, that way the dirty clothes aren't mixed in with the clean clothes they didn't wear. Except mine are large, Pillow Case size with a drawstring, it's easier for kids to just pull.

This is very cute. I've made both of my kids laundry bags when they were born, I made it large enough that they can take it to college if they want. But they put it in to their suit case everytime we go anyplace. That say I know what's clean and what's dirty, less to do when we get home, they just take their laundry bag into the laundry room and it's done.

Cute-- if you just want the bag to hold a couple pair of socks and undies... I would have made it finished size: 24 inches x 36 inches so it could really hold some the size of a Pillow case...


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