So I think you'll understand why I obsessed a little over this laundry bag. And why it's perhaps a little too specific to my needs. But I wanted to make going up and down three flights of stairs doing a load of laundry every few days with Olivia in tow as easy on myself as possible. That is how this crazy laundry bag came to be.
Here's the quaint little sketch I did of the way it looked in my head. Basically I had planned on making a big zipper pouch (lined with PUL) with a long strap for easy carrying and pocket on the front for a small bottle of laundry detergent and whatever else I might need to bring with me to the laundry room--keys, cell phone, ID card, etc.
(Actually, so do I.)
I had the zipper and all the material for this bag picked out and ready to be sewn a few days before I actually got to it. But I'm glad it took me a few days to get to it, because, by the time I was ready to sew, my plan had changed a lot.
Originally I had planned on it being a smaller, sort of messenger-bag size. And I had planned on it having a zipper. But I hadn't really planned on how I was going to easily get the soiled diapers into it while in the midst of changing Olivia's diaper. So Bryan and I wised up and bought an $8.00 trash can from Walmart with a flip-top lid. Waaaay better idea than trying to undo and then redo a zipper with a squirming and diaper-less kid. To tide us over until I
my handmade labels. :)
...and I'm ready to go!
I must admit I am a little worried about the strap not being very well attached to the side of the bag, but other than that I'm very happy with how it turned out.
I would have loved to write a tutorial for all of you, but I was totally make it up as I went along, so, sorry, no tutorial. But the pieces of fabric I was using (including seam allowances) measured about 36" long and 48" wide. Then I just folded them in half (right sides together) and sewed along the bottom and side of each piece. Then I turned the cotton part (green fabric) right side out and inserted the PUL (blue fabric) inside the cotton, put some bias tape around the top, sewed a couple of lines for a drawstring casing, and that's it! The shoulder strap I already explained above and the pocket--honestly--is pointless, so I'm not going to bother explaining that.
What do you think? A little weird? Mega awesome? I'm leaning toward mega awesome. But maybe I'm biased.
See you all tomorrow for our last day of Cloth Diaper Week!