How to make a laundry bag

Updated April 17, 2017

This cute laundry bag will bring back nostalgic memories from youth. Just like in our grandmother's day when everything was neat, tidy and in its place, this laundry bag will make your laundry room a place you might actually enjoy going into. Make this laundry bag to hang from a hook on the wall or the back of the door. It is much more attractive than an overflowing basket of dirty socks and underwear. This laundry bag is so easy to make, you will want to make a smaller one for clothespins.

Measure and cut a piece of newspaper eight inches wide by 18 inches long. Lay the hanger on the paper with the top curve a half inch from one long side. Trace a line half an inch above the hanger curve. At the end of the curve, draw a line straight down to the bottom long side. Cut the shape out for the yoke pattern on your laundry bag. The yoke is the top portion of the laundry bag. It will look similar to the top part of a shirt with no sleeves hanging on the hanger.

Cut one piece of the fabric 18 inches long by the width of your fabric and set aside. Place two layers of the remaining fabric together and pin the pattern. Cut the yoke out.

Fold one yoke piece in half, matching the curved short ends. Cut the piece in half at the fold.

Place the full yoke piece on your work surface with the right side up. Position the two half yoke pieces on top with the right sides down and matching the edges. Pin the yoke pieces together. Sew a 1/2-inch seam allowance (i.e., stitch 1/2 an inch in from teh edge) along the curve edge. Leave the straight bottom unstitched. Turn the yoke right side out and iron.

Fold the other piece in half with the right sides together and the 18 inch sides matching. This is the bottom of your laundry bag. Pin the 18-inch sides together. Sew a 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving 6 inches unstitched.

Place the laundry bag flat on your work surface. Position the seam in the centre of the side facing up. Iron the seam and open. Pin along one open end of the laundry bag bottom. Sew a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Run a gathering stitch along the open end of the laundry bag bottom. Turn the yoke upside down and slip it into the open end of the laundry bag bottom. Adjust the gathers. Match and pin the raw edges of the yoke and bag bottom, starting at the openings on the bag seam and yoke front. Sew a 1/2-inch seam to attach. Turn right side out.

Sew a 1/4-inch hem around the laundry bag opening. Insert the hanger into the yoke.


A nice calico print will give this bag a vintage look.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden hanger with a metal hook
  • 1 yard cotton fabric
  • Hand sewing needle and thread
  • Straight pins
  • Newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.