Thursday, November 11, 2010

how to make a lingerie bag

yesterday I showed you my last year design
Here is this year model:

and here is the inside:

(I know these guys are too ...., what is the word I am looking for?)

All right here is how I made it.
I started with 2 rectangles of fabric : 14 x 30 inch
the green cotton fabric is a little heavier than a regular cotton,
better for the bag, it holds better its shape without being bulky.
the other fabric is called "all I want for Christmas",
and totally appropriate for a lingerie bag!

I also used a 6.5 x 40 inch of cotton for the shirring on the top,
I folded the fabric in half, right side together, and stitched the long side.
Then I turned it right side out, and ironed it, with the seam in the middle.
 At 1/2 inch from the side (both side), I gathered the fabric with a long stitch.
It took a while to pull the tread and have both side even.
I then pressed it to set it and flattened it, making it easier to sew. 

I pined the gathered fabric to the top fabric,
and stitched over the gathering stitches.

close up of the band

I used a hair elastic for the closure ( a lot of color choices),
I also recovered 2 buttons with the same fabric that I used for the band.
I used 2 pins to mark the place of the elastic.

I cut the elastic in half and stitched it on the top with the raw edges even,
as seen on the pic below.

Then I pinned both rectangles right side together, and stitched around it,
making sure to leave an opening to turn the fabric around.
I like to leave the opening on the side, where I will stitch again.

I then turned everything right side out,
and pressed.

I top stitched around the entire rectangle, closing the open seam.

I folded the fabric in an uneven 1/3 so that the top is a little shorter.
I stitched both side on the previous top stitch, forming the bottom of the bag.

I closed the bag, and marked where to sew the buttons.

I hand sewed them through both layers, less easy than if done earlier,
but sturdier!

And here is the complete project!

Then add your unmentionables,
these guys will take good care of them!

Of course you could use linen and a old corset image to give it a vintage look,
and probably no boys inside!
You can also totally change the size and make it yours.

Happy sewing!

Newer version: here and here!

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  1. haha! cute! thanks for the tutorial!

  2. I like the idea for the button holes, much easier then making the regular button holes, and much cuter

  3. Love this one and that inside fabric just makes me laugh! I needed a good laugh.

  4. This is gorgeous! I love it and the inside fabric is so cute:) I am your newest follower. You can find me at

  5. I love this idea, and the guys were a funny extra! I can't wait to finally get a sewing machine and get to sewing.

    I'm a new follower and can't wait for more!


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