So many of the projects that you will find on our site are inspired by everyday solutions that my team and I use in our own lives. This project is no exception! Traveling can always be a hectic endeavor, so it is nice to stay as organized as possible when you are packing. Having your own wash me wear me travel laundry bag makes packing so much easier! Below you will find the tutorial to sew your own stylish and functional travel laundry bag that will hold up during any travel adventure.
This sewing project is really simple to make with any sewing machine. A serger is not necessary, but it is also a convenient tool to make your travel laundry bag. Start by gathering your materials. We wanted to find a lightweight but sturdy material for our travel laundry bag that would also be easy to throw into the wash. We chose a Robert Kaufman brand fabric blend with 55% linen and 45% cotton in a pretty charcoal grey color. I fell in love the instant I saw it! You will also need zipper, a grommet, and two roman shade ribs to complete this project, which you should be able to find at your local craft or fabric store. Cut your fabric according to the measurements specified in the step-by-step photo tutorial below. Follow the tutorial to guide you through the sewing process. Adding the grommet is optional, but it conveniently allows you hang your laundry bag on a hanger while you are traveling!
After you have finished sewing your travel laundry bag, you can add some cute ribbons to your zippers for some extra decoration. To add the Wear Me Wash Me graphics, download the template below. Use the SVG if you have a cutting machine, or the PDF if you are cutting by hand. If you are using the PDF version, we have already mirrored the file for you. We used Cricut’s Iron-On Lite in gold, but of course you can choose any color scheme that you would like! I loved the look of matching the gold lettering with a gold zipper and grommet. And there you have it! A simple way to make your own travel laundry bag perfect for organizing your socks and undies while you are on the go. If you are looking for other stylish and functional projects that make travel more stress-free, check out our easy-to-make handmade journals so that you can quickly take notes or write down information as you travel. And stay updated on all of our DIY projects by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a daily dose of craftiness! Enjoy ~ Lia
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I see that, but in Step 5 you instruct to serge around all 4 sides. Where is the opening for the ribs to be inserted?
I just spoke to the maker who made this and this is what she said: She has asked a good question! THANK YOU! Step 5. Sew around all four sides LEAVING AN OPENING ON ONE SIDE between the zippers. This opening is needed to be able to turn the project right side out in Step 6. The edges of that opening are turned under, after the bag is right side out, and pressed. Then proceed with Step 7. That opening leaves “pockets” for the rods after Step 7.
Where are the ribs inserted if the bag was sewn around all four edges? I think I’m missing something.
Inserting ribs in step number 10
Hi Lia…How about making a few changes to this idea and make it a closet vault…reshape the middle to indeed fit over a hanger and under clothing for your jewels and money for safety….
Can sure see why you loved fabric used to make bag, love look of it, tweedy and the texture of fabric.
That is such a great travel bag, hope to make a couple, one for granddaughter at college as she’s doing some traveling this summer, her AuPair job in Italy, short side trip to Greece and Copenhagen. Wow do I ever envy her, smart gal.
Have to see if you had time to fix whatever wrong so I can get my password straightened out. Miss being able to print out projects.
Am so behind reading previous posts. If you’ve already fixed booboo for me thanks, if not please do so.
Thanks and happy weekend
Hi, hope all is well! Sorry to hear that you are behind on posts. We have fixed the password issue, please let us know if you have anymore problems with it. I also envy your granddaughters travel this summer, sounds lovely! Happy Friday!