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Zipped Rectangle Wash Bag - Sewing Tutorial

Updated: Feb 25, 2022

What you’ll need –

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Matching 18” zip

16” x 18” Lining fabric

16” x 18” Single sided Fusible fleece

Use ¼” seam allowance

How to make the large wash bag-

1. Choose which fabric you want to use as your outer piece and cut 15.5” x 17.5” out of the fabric and fleece.

2. Fuse the fleece to the back of the outer piece of fabric.

3. Sew the zip to the one of the short sides of the outer fabric, right sides together.

4. Sew the opposite short side of the outer fabric to the other side of the zip, right sides together to make a tube.

From the right side, top stitch along each side of the zip. Trim back any excess zip, making sure you don’t trim off the slider! Sew the open ends of the zip closed.

5. Turn the bag inside out and sew down the 2 short ends.

Mark a 1.5” square on each corner of the bag. Leave the zip open.

6. Cut out the corners.

7. Pull the cut out corners at the end of the zip open so that the seam is on the centre and sew straight across the square the bag.

8. To make the handle, cut a strip of fabric measuring 6” x 3.5”. Fold in half lengthways and press. Open the fold out and then fold the long sides to meet at the middle and press.

9. Fold the strip in half again, top stitch along each side.

10. From the inside of the bag, tuck the ends of the strap inside the cut out corners over the seam, and sew as before.

11. For the lining, cut a piece of fabric measuring 15.5x17.5” fold the two shorter sides in by ¼” and press.

12. Fold the fabric in half right sides together, leaving a gap of ½” between each folded end. (This will mimic the outer bag, minus the zip).

As with the outer section of the bag, measure 1.5” squares in each corner then cut.

13. Pull the cut out corners open and sew to box the lining.

14. Drop the outer bag inside the lining, wrong sides together. Hand sew the lining to the zip with a slip stitch.

15. Turn the right side out and you’re finished!

If you wanted to make a smaller wash bag too, follow the same instructions but cut your fabric and wadding to 12.5”x14.5” and the strap fabric shorter too.

I’ve used some left-over fabric to decorate a towel to match –

1. Cut one strip of fabric slightly longer than the towel by 5” deep. Cut a second piece of fabric the same length but 3” deep.

2. Sew these 2 pieces of fabric right sides together along one long side.

3. Fold all 4 sides of the fabric in by 1.4” twice and press.

4. Sew this hemmed panel to the top of the towel.


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