Summer time is upon us which means lots of traveling for my family. I have a laundry bag I made a couple years ago that always travels with us to hold our dirty clothes. I decided to alter the size to make it smaller and came up with:
The Anywhere Bag!
It's so versatile, you can use it for diapers/wipes, toys (which is what I use it for while we travel), crayons and coloring books...you name it!
I am not sold on the name...what do you think? This is what I've been calling it to myself and it just kinda stuck...
You really can take it anywhere and use it for anything...as an added bonus, it's reversible!
To begin, gather your supplies:
Outer fabric cut: 22.5" x 13"
Lining fabric cut: 22.5 x 13"
Casing piece cut: 4" x 44"
Drawstring cut: 2-21" x 3" pieces
Safety pin, scissors, iron, straight pins, pinking shears (optional)
Fold the casing in half, right sides together, short ends together. Sew together using a 1/2" seam, to make a tube. Iron seams open.
Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew together the drawstring strips along the short ends (right sides together) to make one long strip.
Iron the long strip in half lengthwise (wrong sides together). Open strip and fold long edges to the center crease and press. Now refold in half and press again.
Top stitch about 1/8" from outer edge. (Not shown in picture) Use your pinking shears to cut each end to help prevent fraying. Set aside.
Place the casing piece on top of the main panel (right side facing up) matching the raw edges. Make sure to center the casing so that there is about 1/2" of the main panel showing on each side.
Now place the lining panel directly on top, right side down. Line it up with the main panel. Sew a 1/2" seam across all 3 pieces.
Now open the bag so both the main panel and lining panel are laying flat and facing up. Re-fold in half lengthwise, matching up the lining to lining, and main panel to main panel (right sides together). I don't have a picture of this step, sorry! If you skip down 2 pictures, this may help you visualize what I am talking about.
Pin the bag around all the sides. On the lining piece, measure about 4" at the bottom. Mark with your marking pen. This will be the hole left open for turning the bag right side out. Sew 1/4" around the entire bag, except the part for turning. Make sure you don't sew anymore than 1/4". This is very important!
Your bag should now look like this. Clip corners and flip right side out. Use a pencil or turning tool to push the corners out.
Fold in the opened edges you left open for turning. Pin and either hand sew or edge stitch the opening shut. Push the lining down into the main panel.
Using your safety pin, run the drawstring through the casing, making sure not to pull all the way through.
Center the drawstring so there is an equal amount on each end.
Find the center of the casing (it should be at the fold) and sew a few stitches to tack the drawstring in place, so it doesn't come out.
**Like I said earlier, this can be made in any size you want! It works great as a laundry bag, too!