Kid's Wash Bag
Small and cute with a handy waterproof lining, this wash bag is the perfect size for kids.
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You will need:
2 x outer fabric (quilting weight is good) each piece measuring 32cm long by 27cm wide
2 x waterproof fabric each piece measuring the same size as above
1 x length of piping cord or similar, minimum 60cm long
Pin together one of the outer fabric pieces and one of the waterproof pieces, wrong sides together. If you're not sure about the waterproof fabric, the right side is shiny and slippery and the wrong side is very slightly tacky. Do the same with the remaining two pieces.
I make my wash bags using French seams so they're enclosed. To do this, pin the two double sided pieces wrong sides together so you have the two waterproof layers facing each other and the two pieces of printed fabric on the outside. Make two marks on one long side, one about 5cm from the top and one 1.5 cm from the top.
Using a narrow seam allowance (about the width of your presser foot is fine), start at one top corner and sew down that long edge, along the bottom edge and up the other side, stopping at the first mark. Backstitch a few times. Continue from the 1.5cm mark to the top of the fabric, backstitching again.
You should have a small gap of about 3.5cm at the top of one long side
Cut all threads and trim seam allowances right down. Cut corners on a diagonal.Turn the bag inside out and poke the bottom edges with a paintbrush or similar, so they're nice and pointy. Press (the waterproof fabric is fine to press on a low heat setting but if you're worried, use a cloth).
Now we're going to do exactly the same on the inside of the bag.
Obviously play with size if you want it to hold more or want to make one for adults. Or you could substitute the waterproof fabric for cotton to make a handy little drawstring bag (endlessly useful). The size in this tutorial is roomy enough for a child's toothbrush, toothpaste and flannel.
If you're making one with a baby in mind then it's also the right size to hold a couple of nappies and a pack of wipes.