Renewed: Embellished laundry bag for my sister

Sometimes, I take months to formulate and execute my creative projects, only to discover that, at the end, I hate the look, the idea, or the execution, or simply the time it took to make something very simple. And sometimes, it just works – there is a raw material or a starting point, there is a perfect idea and the thing is finished in no time. And I’m happy with the results. I wonder if these things happen randomly or if I gravitate towards certain types of  creative activities that allow me to move from idea to finished product in a matter of hours or days.

Some time ago, my sister got a gift that was wrapped in a fabric tote of sorts. Brilliant blue with a yellow drawstring. Here’s what it looked like:

Took me a little while to figure out the fabric that it was made of. It’s a non-woven fabric with a velvety feel. Some stores have reusable bags made of similar fabrics and some types of fusible interfacing also feel similar. I don’t have a close-up picture, but a fellow blogger does:

From she-wears-flowers.com

And finally, eureka! The name of this glorious, low-maintenance fabric is non-woven polypropylene. How’s that for a mouthful?

The bag was a perfect size for a laundry bag, but it desperately needed ventilation. I thought about some sort of lacy, filigree design and was prepared to painstakingly cut dozens of little squares to recreate something like this. But, in the end, I found a more feminine and fluid design to draw and cut. Here’s the inspiration:

Metal Leaf Pendant from Overstock.com

Using a Sharpie, I drew the leaf outlines freehand on the inside of the bag. Then, using my manicure scissors (was it completely silly of me?), I cut out the leaves. Here is the result:

Another view:

And here’s what the finished laundry bag looks like:

What types of projects come to you quickly and are finished quickly as well? Let me know and happy crafting!

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3 responses to “Renewed: Embellished laundry bag for my sister

  1. Rachel

    This looks great! I recognize that bag–I have received large gifts from Amazon.com in bags just like that. I like the idea of making it into a laundry bag and cutting out designs. My only concern would be the bag ripping. I feel like that material rips fairly easily. I’d be curious to hear about your sister’s success in using the tote for laundry and how well it holds up.

  2. Lana

    I’ve had the bag for over a year now and it’s holding up beautifully. I have to point out that I am being careful not to rip it, but in case I do, I can always order a large gift from Amazon.com.

  3. Thanks, guys, for your comments. I think that the fabric is indeed somewhat fragile, so here are a couple of suggestions. One would be to reinforce the wrong side of the design with anti-fraying substance/glue found in sewing supply stores. Another way to reinforce the fabric – if you don’t need the holes for ventilation – would be to attach a contrasting-color lining to the inside of the bag, so that at least the stuff from the inside of the bag doesn’t stick out. Hmm, maybe I should give this a try myself…

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