Monday, February 22, 2010

Mesh Laundry Bags

Although I wash most of my delicates by hand, some items are tossed in the washer on gentle cycle. I use mesh laundry bags for those items. Since mine were beginning to fall apart, I sewed new ones instead of buying them this time, a nice little cost savings.

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I got the idea from a McCall’s pattern book I was perusing on Saturday. Using a coupon, I bought McCall’s Home Decorating pattern #6051 although I really wanted it for a couple of other things in the package—the mesh laundry bags were a bonus to me.

The same mesh fabric used in store-bought laundry bags can be found in the utility fabrics section at Jo-Ann’s, so I bought a yard of that along with 1/8-inch cording. The mesh yielded six bags for me, some in the size indicated in the pattern and others to utilize every bit of the remaining fabric.

You don’t really need a pattern for this project; it’s merely an act of making bags with casings to hold the pull cord. Now I’m ready to do laundry and am running off to do just that.


Alison Gibbs said...

What a great idea. My bags have a zipper and I wondered if the cord opens up during the washing process

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I use bags such as there for many small items thatI launder . They are a wonderful convenience!

D-lyn said...

What a good idea! I will have to make some myself.

Did you find the mesh at your local fabric store?

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nicolette said...

Wonderful idea to make them yourself.

I always use those bags to wash delicate stuff.

calamity kim said...

I didn't know you could buy the mesh- I need to make some of these for felting sweaters! Thank you June!

Bridgett said...

Excellent! Saving money is always a wonderful thing.

Storybook Woods said...

I always learn something new from you June. Great idea xoxoxo Clarice