Tutorial Tuesday: Mesh Bath Toy Bag

by April on September 6, 2011 · 0 comments

Tired of having bath toys EVERYWHERE?

That’s me.

Too cheap to go buy a fancy bath toy holder?

That’s me too.

:)

So, I made one!

I’ve been looking at making one of these for a while, and I just haven’t gotten around to it.  I also haven’t stumbled upon the mesh fabric that Ashley from Make It and Love It used (I modeled this after bits of her tutorial!).  Mesh bath toy bags are about 6-ish bucks a bag at Target, and I wasn’t going to spend the money on making one if it was going to be about the same or more than that!

But, using a mesh laundry bag (one that you might find in the dollar section at Target or maybe Dollar Tree), and ribbon I had on hand, I made 2 bags for about a dollar!

(I had everything on hand, so this craft was actually free.)

Wanna make them?

Okay, here we go!

Mesh Toy Bag: Items Needed
Mesh Laundry Bag
Ribbon
Scissors
Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread

First, I laid out my mesh laundry bag.

Then, I folded it in half.

Then, I cut in in half.

Now, you have 2 pieces. One piece has a drawstring, and the other piece has the bottom all stitched up. You need to decide which one you want to use for the bath toy bag.  I chose the one with the bottom all stitched up.  Then, I cut ribbon to sew along the top of the bag to give it a little “flare.”

Then, I pinned the ribbon onto the mesh and sewed it down. (This was a little tricky and I’ll admit my ribbon isn’t perfect.)

Then, I turned the bag inside out (to make this next part easier) and I folded down the top of the mesh bag a little to sew a hem.
*Another confession: I’m showing you a little pin, but I just turned it over AS I was sewing it.  This is easier because I’ve turned my bag inside out and I could control the fabric better.

I used a zig-zag stitch in order to grab the most fabric!

Then, I made ribbon loops and sewed them to the sides of the bag. I used a zig-zag stitch, but I adjusted the length of the stitch so that it was practically on top of each other.

Voila!  YOU ARE DONE!

Easy, right?

I had both loops on one hook. This is secured with 2 suction cup hooks in my bathroom.

 

Okay- the other part of the bag.

I turned the bag inside out and sewed the same zig-zag stitch along the bottom.

And… DONE.

Now, I have a mesh bag for delicates!

Yes, those are socks and a finger puppet. You didn't think I was going to show you my unmentionables, were you?

 

Two very-usable bags in exchange for one that I had hanging around, untouched, for years!

Cheap and easy. The way I like ‘em. ;)

Happy crafting!

Also, if you like inexpensive crafts, check out Dollar Store Crafts! She has some fantastic ideas!

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