Free Drawstring Laundry Bag Pattern

Encourage little ones to pick their washing off the floor with this personalised drawstring laundry bag pattern, designed by Lisa Fordham. If you’re making more than one or two, why not make them different by picking favourite colours for each felt name tag?

drawstring laundry bag patternYou Will Need:

  • Fabric for bag: One piece 60cm x 45cm (24in x 18in)
  • Mother-of-pearl buttons
  • 1.5m (1¾yd) cord
  • Pink felt
  • Embroidery thread or yarn


Drawstring Laundry Bag Pattern Instructions:

1. Fold the fabric in half widthways, right sides facing; pin. Sew the sides together.

2. Make a channel at the top of the bag for the drawstring. Fold over the edge by 1cm (3/8in), press, then fold over again by 4cm (1½in). Pin, tack (baste), press. Stitch along the bottom edge of the folded fabric only, ensuring the channel is large enough to thread your cord through and leaving a 2cm (¾in) gap.

3. Turn the laundry bag right side out and thread the cord through the gap in the stitched channel.

4. Cut a simple shaped name label out of pink felt (approximately 15cm/6in or longer if necessary). Use tailor’s chalk to sketch out the child’s name then hand embroider over your outline using a decorative stitch of your choice (chain stitch for example) in stranded cotton or yarn as you prefer.

5. Pin the name label to the bag front and sew in place using a simple running stitch. Cut a wiggly line from the felt long enough to reach from the name label to the top of the bag. Pin and stitch through the centre of the shape. Add buttons to the name label for decoration.

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