i remember a friend made me a laundry bag once when i moved away…she wrote all of our inside jokes all over it, and i still treasure it. i thought it would be fun to make a laundry bag that you would be proud to showcase in your room. you could customize the colors with your decor and have it sitting pretty in the corner. i wish i had one of these during my college dorm days!


what you’ ll need:

• 2/3 yard of 72” heavy weight (14 oz) cotton canvas (we used artist’s canvas from Blick)
• Fabric paint (we used Jaquard in Ruby Red and White, which we mixed with the red to create a shade of pink)
• Foam core cut into two irregular circles of different sizes
• Scissors
• Masking tape
• Foam brush
• Ruler
• Pins
• Sewing machine
• Iron


how to make it:

• Cut fabric into four pieces; 36”x23” rectangle, 13” square, and two 4 1/2”x13” strips

• On the large rectangle use a piece of masking tape to mark 5” from the top of the long edge (this space will be left un-stamped)


• Using sponge brush, coat the foam core circle with a generous amount of fabric paint.
Set stamp gently on canvas and press firmly. Paint coverage won’t be entirely even, but that’s part of the beauty of hand-stamping. If there’s an accidental drip of paint, just stamp over it!


• Cover the canvas with dots, reapplying the paint to the stamp each time. Leave room between dots for the second color and don’t stamp above the masking tape line (because this section of the canvas will later be folded over)

• Repeat with second color and allow to dry.


• Fold in half so that right (stamped) sides are facing, pin, and sew down the long edge.


• Cut a circle out of the 13” square of canvas. A good way to do this is to fold the canvas in half and then in half again. Holding the ruler so that the “0” lines up with the folded corner (the center of the circle), mark at 6” and continue moving the ruler to create an arched dotted line.

• Cut along this dotted line and unfold.



• For the handles, fold each of the 4 1/2”x13” strips of canvas in half length wise and pin together.

• Sew and then flip inside out, creating a tube.

• Iron tube flat, hem each end (folding once), and set aside.

• Sew the circle of canvas to the stamped fabric tube by pinning around the edge with right sides facing. Sew together with a 3/8” seam. It’s a little tricky to get the circle bottom to line up exactly with the tube of fabric and slight adjustments may need to be made.

• Flip right side out and fold top edge twice, creating a 2” folded edge at the top of the basket.

• Attach straps by pinning to the inside of the basket and sewing. Ends of straps should be about 2” apart and they should be sewn slightly under the folded edge so that stitching isn’t visible from the front.


so… this DIY is a little more complicated but you’ll get so much use out of it that it’s more than worth the effort! make one for yourself and let me know how it turns out. go laundry!


project by: bramble workshop for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
this post is in partnership with Caldrea. all opions are my own. more DIY projects here



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    Vicky says:

    Ohhhhh! beautiful! this DYI is great !!!! 🙂

    Taylor says:

    That’s too funny: I was JUST thinking, “I need a new laundry bag” and then this popped up the next day on Bloglovin’! I’m not much of a sewer, but this seems simple enough and I’d love to try it out again!


    amber says:

    this is so perfect for me too! my laundry bag is like, ripping and falling apart. so using this tutorial to make a new one! thanks for the awesome post 🙂

    amber says:

    also, well done brittany, on the photos! they are gorgeous.

    Natalie Ast says:

    I simply adore polkadots! I love this tutorial and might spruce up my laundry bag. xo, natalie http://natalieast.com

    Meghan says:

    nice idea, you could also stamp the dots using a potato cut in half!

    Sarah says:

    That’s really cute and totally doable, I’m gonna make one for my daughter’s room!

    maggie says:

    Oh my gosh, how cute is this?

    I really love this. I am thinking to make one not for the laundry, but for beside my chair for my knitting! Love it.

    Tarah says:

    Just what I need – perfect timing!! xx

    Pink Ronnie says:

    Adore this idea – well done!
    Ronnie xo

    Caitlin says:

    Such a great way to add some personality to a bathroom or laundry room, love the pink spots! Xo Caitlin

    bethany says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks! I made my own yesterday (for my baby boy’s nursery, who’s due in a month) and I love it! So simple. I didn’t stamp my fabric, since I just used some that I already had lying around, but it turned out so well. I’m certain I’ll use this again in the future!!

    Michele says:

    Just what I was looking for. Could you tell me – what are the finished dimensions of this bag?

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    Erin says:

    I been wanting to make this for my college dorm, and once I got the pieces all cut I realized this is the smallest laundry bag ever. It’s cute, but incredibly impractical!

    Teresa says:

    If too small for a laundry bag it would make a great shopping bag or tote bag for whatever else you’d like. I believe you can still get many uses out of that one and make another larger to fit your needs. 😉

    Oh that basket is sooo beautiful!I have to make one too 🙂

    xx Dörthe

    Ruth says:

    how about a laundry bag that is attached at the top to a heavy coat hanger and it can be hung off the back of a door?

    Gina says:

    But how does it stay up and not frumple down in the first 5 minutes?

    Shawn says:

    I’ m going to make a shorter version of this to use as a toy basket for my pooches 🙂

    Tina says:

    My grand baby needs a small toy “spot”, this is perfect!! I don’t want a bulky toy box downstairs for her toys and she’s too small to go upstairs. This is perfect!! Thanks!!

    Babs says:

    But how does it stay up and not frumple down in the first 5 minutes?

    designlovefest says:

    It’s made of heavy canvas so it holds its shape!

    Babs says:

    How does it stay up and not frumple in the first five minutes?

    Patty says:

    I just made this. when I turn down the top (2″) my side seam shows. Did I miss something? And how do I attach the handles without the stitching showing on the front?
    Thanks for any tips.

    Creative says:

    Lovely DIY. You are really creative.

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