Create Your Own Convenient Travel Laundry Bag

By Sara Budisantoso ; Updated September 15, 2017

Keep your clothes in check even on your most harried getaways with this easy DIY travel laundry bag.

Things Needed

  • Cotton fabric (any color)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron (optional)
  • Leather string or ribbon
  • Pins
  • Safety pin (if using ribbon)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Cut the Fabric

Cut the fabric to 28 inches by 15 inches. Then fold it in half to give you a piece of fabric that's 19 inches by 15 inches.

Pin the Sides Together

Pin the two sides together leaving a 1/2-inch allowance for the seam. If your fabric has a pattern, make sure the pattern’s correct sides are facing each other.

Tip

Some sewing machines have measurements in the needle area that can help guide you when you sew.

Fold and Pin the Opening

Fold the fabric down 1 inch from the opening and pin it. This casing will hold your leather drawstring.

Tip

You can iron the casing, if necessary, to make it easier to sew.

Sew the Sides Together

Sew the two sides of your fabric pieces together along the 1/2-inch seam allowance. Remove the pins after sewing. Next, cut any excess string with scissors or with your sewing machine's thread cutter.

Sew the Opening

Sew the opening of your hem that will hold the leather drawstring. Remove the pins.

Turn the Fabric Inside Out

Turn your fabric inside out, making sure to get the corners with your fingers. You can iron the bag, if necessary.

Insert the Leather String

Take the leather string and push it through one side of the casing until it comes out the other end. After your leather string is completely through, pull the ends together and cut them so they are even. Tie a knot to secure the string into place.

Tip

Leather string is sturdy enough to run through without a safety pin. If you use ribbon, a safety pin will be necessary to push it through.

Throw this into your luggage and you’ll have one less thing to sort through!

About the Author

Sara Budisantoso is the founder of HolaSara.com, specializing in DIY, crafts, and food (mainly baking). She has a love for architecture, an obsession with mid-century modern and cares very much for cacti and succulents. She is a Los Angeles native and currently resides in beautiful Pasadena with her husband.