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Easy To Sew DIY Mesh Laundry Bag
It’s funny…I have a daughter who will be a senior next year and before I know it, she will be off to college. Before she goes, I want to be sure she can take care of herself.
That is why she has learned to mop a floor, iron a shirt, clean a toilet and do laundry. These are all things Caitlin needs to know in order to be an independent adult.
Preparing Our Kids For College
When I was leaving for college, my mom told me I needed to know how to manage my own apartment, which included keeping it clean and stocked. We had a week-long training session in household management.
What a great way to prepare me for the college life. When it came to laundry, mom said all I needed to keep my clothes clean and stain free was a bottle of Wisk detergent. Mom had been using it as long as I could remember.
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Are you old enough to remember the Wisk Ring Around the Collar® ads? My dad was a bus driver and his shirts would get that ring. Mom would just rub in some Wisk and that stain was just a memory!
Did you know Wisk was the first liquid detergent? I remember how my mom marveled at that concept! Now it is all we use! Wisk is known for it’s The Wisk Deep Clean formula contains a patented blend of Micro-Cleaners®.
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We use the Wisk in the OXI Complete® (gives that powerful deep clean, with the added power of OXI, which fights a full range of stains. It safely whitens whites, and brightens colors. And OXI is safe for both standard and HE machines.)
The Fresh Breeze, delivers the same powerful deep clean with an added boost of freshness, which is also safe for both standard and HE machines.
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The Wisk Deep Clean® Free & Pure, available at Amazon, is free dyes or perfumes and is gentle on your skin but tough on hidden body oils and sweat. This is perfect for my husband and son who have sensitive skin and it is safe for both standard and HE machines.
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No More Lost Socks
Are you tired of losing socks? I wash mine together in my Easy To Sew DIY Mesh Laundry Bag . It is super easy to make and is really cute. Each family member has one in their room, so they can just pop their socks in their bag and they no longer have to hunt for that missing sock!
Here is what you need and how to make your Easy To Sew DIY Mesh Laundry Bag!
- 1/2 yard mesh or tulle
- 1/4 yard cotton fabric (I chose a bright print)
- 1/8 yard of a complimentary fabric for the binding
- 1 All purpose zipper (mine was 12″, but you can go smaller or larger, depending on the size you want your bag.)
- Measuring tape
- Sewing pins (I use quilting pins)
- Sewing Machine
Step 1: Measure and cut your fabrics. For the mesh, you want to cut it as wide as your zipper plus an extra 2″, to allow for your seam allowance.
For the length, you want it to double the measurement for the width (so for mine, it will be 26″. The mesh will be folded from the bottom to the top and then cut on the fold.
For the larger piece of patterned fabric, you want to cut two pieces. Both pieces will be cut as wide as the zipper (mine is 12″) and add 2″ and 5″ long . For second patterned piece, you will cut it 1.5″ wide and 10″ long.
Step 2: Now you are going to make your zipper. I take one of the larger patterned pieces and fold is in half. Iron on the fold. Using a 3-4 long stitch, sew the open end of your piece of fabric. Cut along your fold and open up.
Iron open along your seam. Lay your zipper face down on the seam. You should have your 1″ on either side. Sew your zipper. Flip the fabric piece over and using your seam ripper, open the stitches. Now your zipper is functional and will not pull apart.
Step 3: Attach your mesh to the right side of your zipper fabric and sew. Repeat on the other side. To secure this, I usually fold the sides over and reinforce with a tight zig zag stitch.
Step 4: Repeat the above step on the bottom with your remaining piece of the larger patterned fabric.
Step 5: Open your zipper and pull the bag right side out. Now take your binding piece and fold it down 1’2″ on the top and bottom. Iron flat. Now fold in the sides 1/2″ and iron that down.
Now fold that in half and iron flat. Slide the open end of the binding onto the side of your bag. I use a zig zag stitch for this as well. Repeat on the other side.
Step 6: Put your socks in your new mesh bag and wash!
Do you have a favorite laundry hack to share? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!
Click the images below to order what you need from Amazon to make your Easy To Sew DIY Mesh Laundry Bag:
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) saysApril 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm
That is a seriously cute bag! I love the fabric you used.
Melissa Lawler saysApril 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm
Cute bag! I have a theory about socks. Have you ever found one that didn’t belong to anybody? Yeah, they head off to someone else’s dryer!
Jeanette saysApril 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm
Now that is a smart idea! I’m always losing socks and I still can’t figure out where they go. I’ve never learn how to so maybe I can find something similar to this.
Sarah @ 2paws Designs saysApril 26, 2016 at 2:06 pm
What a great idea! I have some mesh in my stash (I can’t resist extras like that when I find them in the remnant sale section) and now know what I need to make with it. Thanks for sharing!
Jenna Wood saysApril 26, 2016 at 2:26 pm
My best laundry hack is to pre-treat stains with dish soap- it works wonders! We do have a big lost sock problem, though- so I’ll have to try making this bag!
Carolyn West saysApril 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm
Love this bag. I need to try my hand at making one. #client
Meagan saysApril 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm
Love the fabric you used for the laundry bag! I’ve never heard of Wisk, but I do know my laundry needs some deep cleaning!
Jeanine saysApril 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm
I need to make one of these mesh bags (or many!) How cute and so handy! I haven’t heard of wish before either i will have to keep my eyes peeled for it here!
Jennifer H saysApril 26, 2016 at 9:02 pm
That DIY mesh bag is adorable! And laundry hacks are important too.
Nicole saysApril 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm
I am teaching my kids to do the laundry so air don’t have to spend so many hours doing it per week. We should try using a bag for our socks.
Liz Mays saysApril 26, 2016 at 10:19 pm
I actually buy this stuff for my kitten. She loves to play with mesh laundry bags. Now I can make one! Also, that Wisk works great around here.
Jennifer Williams saysApril 26, 2016 at 11:56 pm
I did the same thing with my oldest son. I also did not want him leaving for college and not being able to take care of himself – he still can not load a washing machine without it being un-level though. I love that mesh bag – my youngest and husband always seem to have missing socks. Not sure why it is just theirs but this would solve that issue.
Ryan Escat saysApril 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm
Wow! Never heard that before. Such a great and helpful idea. Thanks for that!
Mitch saysApril 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm
I know this is a great idea because we lose socks here all the time! And I do laundry in my apartment building so once they are gone, they are gone forever!
Catherine S saysApril 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm
Thanks for the great hacks. I am going to make a laundry bag for my socks. I think I have a sock monster in my dryer. He likes to eat my socks.
MELISASource saysApril 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm
That mesh bag is the best idea! I’m always losing socks, so I will definitely be making this.
Pam saysApril 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm
I am ALL about laundry hacks- and any hacks to make cleaning easier! We use Wisk detergent at our house!
Becca Wilson saysApril 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm
I swear I have more unmatched socks than I do matches right now. I am scared to throw them out though because as soon as I do the mate will show up. Awesome idea!
Janeane Davis saysApril 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm
This bag seems like a great idea for keeping thing from getting lost and from getting stretched out of shape.
Ashley saysApril 27, 2016 at 5:55 pm
I love mesh laundry bags for washing delicate items but I never thought about using one for socks. What a great idea!
Aubrey saysApril 27, 2016 at 5:55 pm
Ugh. I hate missing socks! This is such a great idea.
Marcie W. saysApril 27, 2016 at 7:47 pm
We lose so many socks that I swear my washer and dryer eat them for energy! This mesh bag idea is pure genius.
Ann Bacciaglia saysApril 27, 2016 at 8:25 pm
This looks like a fun project to try. I need a new laundry bag. Thanks for the great hacks.
Liz Mays saysApril 27, 2016 at 9:30 pm
Wisk is good stuff! I recommended my son to try it when he was having allergic reactions to another brand. I love the mesh bag idea!
Crystl saysApril 28, 2016 at 1:37 am
My kids have given up on matching socks. It’s pretty pathetic when they take off their shoes! I need to me one of your laundry bags.
Nicole Escat saysApril 28, 2016 at 7:40 am
Now I can make my own laundry bag. This is pretty cool. Love it.
Katherine G saysApril 28, 2016 at 8:09 am
This sounds like an amazing detergent. I’m going to have to give wisk a try. I think it’s good to try something new every now and then.
Lisa Joy Thompson saysApril 28, 2016 at 8:58 am
I love your laundry bag! I totally need to whip some of these up for my family! My kids can never find matching socks, so they wear mismatched ones. It’s not a big deal in the winter when they’re wearing jeans and boots, but it’s a little embarrassing in the summer when they’re wearing shorts! 🙂
Ora Lee Gurr saysApril 28, 2016 at 11:14 am
The mesh bag is a wonderful idea for socks. The laundry hacks are great bits of information. I especially like detergents that make clothing clean and smelling fresh. Wisk has always been a go-to source for getting dirt out of clothes, especially white socks.
Theresa saysApril 28, 2016 at 1:40 pm
My daughter will be a senior next year too and we really need to buckle down and teach her a few more basics before she leaves. She’s never done a load of laundry. I like the idea of using a mesh bag for undergarments. I’ll have to buy her one (because I am horrible with a sewing machine lol)
Christie saysApril 28, 2016 at 3:52 pm
I love the fabrics you chose for the mesh bag. You give me hope for my horrible sewing skills
Beeb Ashcroft saysApril 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm
I’ve seen several laundry tips lately and am actually beginning to feel like a pro. I don’t have a mesh bag yet so I guess this will top it all off!
Toni | BoulderLocavore.com saysApril 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm
What a great and cute idea! I’m not sure what the deal is with socks?! It would be great for delicate garments too.
Christina Aliperti saysApril 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm
This is such a cute bag. I need to make a few. My nieces and nephews are always mixing up and misplacing their socks so these would help solve the problem.
Raijea saysApril 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm
Love this! I’m always thinking of ways to make sure I’m getting the most out of my laundry. I’ll definitely use some of these tips
Rosey saysApril 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm
This is just what I need. Our socks are always getting lost!
Rosie saysFebruary 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm
I never thought of making my own mesh bags, and mine are in terrible shape. I do sew, and this is easy. I”m excited to make them – and they would be a nice gift. I haven’t used Wisk in a while, time to give it a whirl again!