Make a mesh lingerie bag

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

I’m always keen to try new things so when I saw this ‘fabric’ I just had to give it a try.  Fabric that is far more air and holes than it is fabric.  I thought this was going to be a nightmare to sew, but I was wrong.  It’s easy!

Where to buy mesh

It’s not something you’ll find everywhere and might not be in your local fabric store.  You can find mesh fabric online at JoAnn, Fabric.com and Online Fabric Store.

How to sew a mesh lingerie bag

The size of your bag will be determined by the size of your zip, because the zip will go the full width of the bag.  My zip was 14 inches so I cut my mesh 15 inches wide and 22 inches long.  I’ll trim it later

Cut a piece of mesh to size.  I found it easily to follow the pattern of holes with your scissors to cut a straight line.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Cut some strips of fabric for the zipper edging and the binding.  My zipper strips were 1.5 inches wide and the binding strips were 15 inches long and 2 inches wide, folded and pressed into quarters.  Now we are ready to start.

Sew the zipper strips to the zipper, with the right side of the fabric facing the right side of the zipper.  Use your zipper foot and repeat for each side.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Then switch back to your regular foot and overcast or zig-zag along the edge of the zipper tape on each side, to secure with some extra stitching and also to stop the fabric from fraying at the edges.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Press and top stitch along each side of the zipper.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Pin the mesh to one of the fabric strips.  Although there is no right side to the mesh, you should pin it to the right side of the fabric.  Stitch, and then overcast or zig-zag like before to get a strong and neat edge.  Remember, we are mostly sewing air so it helps to sew each seam twice.  You’ll get the best result, I found, by sewing with the mesh on the bottom as the feed dogs help it through.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Fold up the mesh to meet the other fabric piece and repeat, sewing the mesh to the right side of the fabric.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Turn right side out.  Square up and pin along the top edge to hold everything in place.  Neaten your edges, cutting off any excess, and trimming off the ends of the zipper.  If your zip is hanging off the end, DO NOT cut off the zipper pull!

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

You might choose now to baste the side seams to stop things shifting, but I found that this did stretch the mesh a little, so that’s up to you.  Add the binding to the front of the bag side seams, turning in the raw edges top and bottom.  Stitch in the first fold.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Fold under the binding to the back and pin in place, or if you have them, the Clover Wonder Clips are ideal for this.  Top stitch from the front making sure to catch the edge of the binding on the back side.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Repeat for the other side seam and you are done.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

I’ll be using these bags for travelling, to keep things tidy in my case, and they’ll also be handy to sort out the clean clothes from the worn ones.  When I get back, I can simply throw the whole lot into the washer still in the bag.  Perfect.

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

Do you have any other ideas for how you could use this mesh fabric?

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21 Responses to Make a mesh lingerie bag

  1. Natasha Gordon says:

    I made one today, have been thinking about doing one for weeks and finally got it done. Thanks for the great tutorial :)!!!!

  2. Andrea says:

    I’ll be the weird one on this topic :O) I’m a spinner & use mesh bags to wash the raw fleece from various livestock that I spin. It has been hard to find mesh laundry bags large enough to hold a decent amount of fleece & sturdy enough to survive more than a few washings. This tutorial has been great. I look forward to being able to make my own bags in any size! Thank you so much for posting this. With permission, I’d like to be able to forward the link to it on several fiber lists.

  3. Holly says:

    Wonderful tutorial and handy mesh bag. Could also be used to store kid’s bath toys or wet beach/pool items. Thank you!

  4. Learned to use mesh laundry bags while living in Japan where the washing machines have no center agitator post and things can get really tangled. Most of them have plastic molded teeth zips which obviously won’t rust. They are available in shorter sizes from:
    http://www.zipperstop.com/product/ykk-5-molded-plastic-closed-bottom-7-to-250/

  5. This is such a great idea, Deby. The ones you buy don’t last long at all.

  6. Great idea! I use mesh bags for so many things – it would be great to have a bunch!

    Thanks for linking up with the Caffeinated Crafters! We look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for next week!

  7. Cheri says:

    I found some large mesh at a thrift store…knew I could figure somethign to make with it so I did..make one of these lingerie bags! Worked out great but I just did french seams.. I LOVE how you used the binding. I will be sure to do your way next time I make them! Found you on Artsey Fartsey Linkyy

  8. Great little bag, thanks for sharing.

    • Deby Coles says:

      Wow I just visited – those embroidery designs are amazing. You are lucky to have such a wonderful sewing machine. I’d love to see one in action one day – but then I might want one for myself, so best not to!

  9. Ren says:

    This is great with the zip! And I kid you not, I just made a prototype “suitcase packing bag” for July’s First Tuesday Tutorial yesterday. Mine uses a fold-over and button/snap closure though, but clearly great minds think alike: http://instagram.com/p/pbOW38TTiC/

    • Deby Coles says:

      Funny how we all turn to thinking of the same things at the same time. I can’t tell you the number of times I have scheduled up a post and tutorial, only within a week to see two or three others on the same subject, sometimes almost identical! It worries me that people think I’m copying, but I think these things just happen. Like when 3 comet disaster movies all come out in the same year…. The bag looks great!

      • Ren says:

        That was my first thought when I saw it in my link party this morning: she’s gonna’ think I’m copying. I’m glad you understand, and have even experienced it yourself.

        • Deby Coles says:

          It happens to me all the time – makes me feel just the same way. But we are all inspired by the same things, the same pins we see, the fabric that comes on sale, the patterns or runway releases, the seasons or events, so its no wonder we all come up with similar ideas at similar times.

  10. Love this! I am hosting a lingerie party for my friend next month and this would be cute to give her her present in. Thanks

  11. too awesome! I need to seriously work on zippers next!

  12. Lori says:

    Thank you Deby, my daughter picked up a couple little mesh bags from the local dollar store here, and 1st wash, mesh came off zipper. So I will use your method to make them new and better…….

  13. Tracey says:

    Oh my goodness, how cute and useful!! Don’t you ever sleep?? Every time I turn on my computer, you’ve added something new and its always a treat. :-) Thanks for all you do!!!

    • Deby Coles says:

      I’m just ‘lucky’ that I lost my job and now have all this free time to sew. Plus, I’m a quick worker. Almost everything I do on here is quick and easy – so I can get more done!

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