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 a great selection of mesh fabric online at Fabric.com
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 easy to follow the pattern of holes with your scissors to cut a straight line.
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.
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.
Press and topstitch along each side of the zipper.
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.
Fold up the mesh to meet the other fabric piece and repeat, sewing the mesh to the right side of the fabric.
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!
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.
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.
Repeat for the other side seam and you are done.
I'll be using these bags for traveling, 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.
Do you have any other ideas for how you could use this mesh fabric?
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