How to make it:
1. Cut out a 73 x 110cm piece in fabric A for the outside of the bag and another piece the same size in fabric B for the lining.
2. Lay A over B with the front sides together (so you are looking at the reverse of the fabric) and pin and machine stitch a 1.5cm seam along the top (widest) edge.
3. Press seam open.
4. Lay the piece flat with the front side facing you and with fabric B ( remember the lining) at the bottom.
5. Now fold over from left to right so the front sides are together and the seam is running horizontally and making sure the seam ends meet.
6. Pin and machine stitch a 1.5cm seam across the top and down the long side. ( leave bottom edge open for turning through later on)
7. At the corner, cut off seam allowance at right angles to reduce bulk.
8. Now flip the bag right side out to reveal the front side of the fabric and press side seam open.
9. If you are planning to embroider a name straight on to the fabric or sew a patch on, this is the time to do it. Please read instructions at the end of the article to see how I did it.
10. To close the bottom of fabric B ( lining) press under 1.5cm turning all round into the inside of bag.
11. Pin and machine stitch close to the folds to close the opening.
12. Push the lining down inside the bag and roll the top seam between your fingers and thumbs to ensure it lies right along the edge.
13. Press top seamed edge flat and work a row of tacking stitches along the edge to keep in place.
14. To form the channels for the cord, mark 2 lines around the top of the bag with pins, one 6cm and the other 10cm down from the top edge. then, using the vanishing pen, join up the gaps between the pins to make a clear line to follow when machine stitching.
15. Beginning and ending at the side seam, machine the 2 rows following the lines, making sure you reinforce the ends of the machining over the side seam. This is to make sure when you cut the opening for the cord, the seam doesn't unravel.
16. Unpick the tacking stitches at top edge.
17. To open the channel for the cord, carefully use a stitch ripper to cut the stitches of the side seam between the 2 rows of machining.
18. Thread the end of the piping cord onto a safety pin and ease through the channel and out the other side.
19. Pull the cord through evenly and cut off to an appropriate length and knot the ends together.
20. Pull up cord to fasten bag.
To embroider your bag:
I cut out a piece of contrasting fabric 20 x 26cm and wrote ‘Laundry’ in freehand with the vanishing pen. Then I embroidered the letters in back stitch with some spare thread that I had in my sewing kit.After that I pressed under 1.5cm turning all around to the reverse side of the fabric and pinned and machine stitched in place on front of the bag.
Tip: If you decide to include a label, it is easier to sew it in place before you assemble the bag.
If you feel brave, just write straight on to the fabric with a permanent fabric pen!