Gift Inspiration Day Twenty Seven: Laundry Bag with Coin Pocket


My son turns thirteen the day after Christmas.  He started walking at ten months.  This means that I’ve been asking him to put his dirty laundry away for approximately 145.5 months.  145.5!!  Strangely enough, as I look around his room right now, his dirty laundry is..brace yourself…on the floor!  I’m sure all that’s been missing, all that he needs to inspire him to take care of it, is a laundry bag.  Right?  (It’s ok to agree just so my hope remains intact).

Do you have a child that’s laundry-challenged?  How about a college student that has to haul everything to the laundry facilities?  Someone who travels often?  Today’s gift is a perfect match for all of them…a drawstring laundry bag with a pocket for quarters.


{Please read all instructions before beginning.}


One yard fabric

6″ x 4″ scrap of lightweight fusible interfacing

Approx 52″ of twill tape

(1) hair elastic or 5″ elastic cord

(1) 1″ button

Step 1:  Remove the selvage from the fabric. Cut the fabric so you end up with one piece 31.25″ x width of fabric (WOF) and one piece 4.75″ x WOF.


When I was looking for a pattern to use for this bag, I was unable to find one that included a finished edge at the top where the drawstring is located.  This pattern has a couple of extra steps to ensure that the drawstring portion doesn’t fray.

Step 2:  To make the (2) bag body pieces, cut the large piece of fabric into two pieces measuring 21″ x 31 1/4.”  Let’s go ahead and finish the sides so we have a nice edge on the drawstring portion.  On both 31 1/4″ sides, fold over 1/4″ with wrong sides together.  Press and top stitch 1/8.”  Repeat with second 21″ x 31 1/4″ piece.

On both pieces, fold the top over, wrong sides together, 1/4″ and press.  Fold again 3/4″ and press.  Set aside.

Step 3:  To make the pocket, cut two pieces 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ from the 4 1/2″ x WOF strip.   Place RST and sew a 1/4″ seam around all four sides, leaving a 3″ opening on one 6 1/2″ end for turning.  Clip corners, turn and press.  Top stitch across the 6 1/2″ end without the opening.    Set aside.

Step 4:  From the remainder of the 4 1/2″ x WOF strip, cut one piece 6″ x 4.”   With a hot, dry iron, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the 6″ x 4″ piece.    Fold RST and sew both short sides and the open long side.  Leave a 3″ opening in the long side for turning.  Clip corners, turn and press.


Fold the hair elastic/elastic cord in half and insert it into the turning hole as shown above.  We want it to stay, so make sure it is inserted at least 1/2.”


Step 5:  Top stitch around both short sides and the side with the elastic, reinforcing the seam over the elastic.


You should now have one pocket piece and one flap piece.


Step 6:  Lay one of your bag body pieces right side up on your work surface.  The pressed end of the bag body piece should be at the top. Position the pocket with the topstitched side at the top on the bag body piece.  It should be approximately 6 3/4″ from the top of the bag body piece and  7 1/2″ from each side.  Top stitch around the bottom and both sides of the pocket.


Step 7:  To attach the pocket flap, lay it above the pocket as shown above.  The photo below shows that I left approximately 1/4″ between the top of the pocket and the bottom of the flap.  Edge stitch along the bottom of the flap piece.  Fold over the flap piece, leaving another 1/4″ between the bottom of the flap piece and the fold.  Again, refer to the photo below as it’s a bit difficult to envision.



Once the flap is folded over, pin and top stitch 1/8″ from the top of the flap piece.    The pocket and flap are complete.


Step 8:  Rather than threading the twill tape through the finished bag, we’re going to do it now.  Lay one of your bag body pieces wrong side up on your work surface with the folded and pressed short side at the top.  Lay the twill tape up against the crease that you created, with the twill tape extending over the left side approximately 4.”


Fold over the casing and pin along the bottom edge.  I also like to pin near the top to ensure that the twill tape remains along the crease and out of my seam.  Edge stitch 1/8″ along the bottom fold.


Step 9:  Lay the piece you just finished wrong side up on your work surface.  Lay the second body piece next to it, wrong side up.  Place the twill tape against the crease as we did in the last step.


Pin well and edge stitch 1/8″ along the bottom fold.


Step 10:  Place both bag body pieces right sides together, lining up all sides.  Starting just below the twill tape casing, sew a 1/2″ seam down the side, along the bottom and up the second side.


End your seam just below the twill tape casing.    Clip the corners, turn and press.  Sew the button on to the pocket, and you’re finished!


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