Zipper box wash bag v2

Yesterday I posted this blog about sewing a zipper wash bag from Melanie Ham’s Youtube video tutorial.

I loved it so much I decided to give it another go while fresh in my head adding a few tweaks of my own.

Again using fabric and zips from my stash, I wanted to use a chunkier plastic zip and  -for that sporty feel – a chevron pattern waterproof canvas (bought on Etsy long ago!). I also wanted to try and include a handle instead of two tabs either side of the bag for practicality.

I started out trying to be clever and used one whole piece for the lining and outer fabric but became unstuck when realising it became too tricky to sew a) the zip on the second part and b) top stitching the zip on both sides, so succumbed to cutting the fabrics in two in the end.

I also used a chunkier cotton thread with a long stitch setting to enable the thickness of the fabric to ease through the machine along with a denim needle (just in case). This time I did use iron-on interfacing even though the waterproof fabric was heavyweight to give it a more boxier feel, however I didn’t use the walking foot as the thickness of the canvas actually helped here.

I extended the length of one of the tabs to about 6 inches or 15cm (the tutorial is in inches) to create a handle. When sewing this in, instead of like the the tab being sewn on top of the zip, I placed the two handle ends (with the loop on the inside) either side of the zip which worked great and avoided being messed up when putting the corners in! Also make sure your outer facing fabric on your handle is right sides together to make sure it faces up when turned right side out (I got this right first time – woo!).


Note the sporty chunky zip and carry handle. The underside of the handle is the same fabric as the lining (dark bottle green).


Close up of the zip, handle and lining (not too close the stitching inside is a bit ropey!).


You can see where I’ve rushed not measuring the corners making the bag a bit wider at the top on this side.

As I said in the previous blog I found the tutorial really easy and finished this under 2 hours – is that bad or good?!

Zipper box wash bag

Thanks to this YouTube tutorial from Melanie Ham I made the hubby a new wash bag to replace his worn out one. It’s made from his old jeans (I have lots of them) and spotty blue cotton for the lining and a zipper, both from my stash. His old wash bag was the same boxy design so I wanted a similar one to fit his shaving gel and deodorant as some bags can be a bit too small to accommodate larger toiletries! This bag is about 20cm long, 14 cm wide and 10cm tall (however the tutorial is all in inches because it’s from the US!).


This bag is especially good as it’s washable and cost me nothing to make (except my time!)

I kept the seams from the jeans a. as a feature and b. because I was being thrifty and wanting the make the most out of the denim material.

In the video tutorial Melanie zig zags the seams but as I just got a serger a few months ago I decided to use this on the finishing instead of the zigzag as she suggests for the base and corners. You could also cut out some of the sewing by using only the serger on some parts of the bag which I may do next time.

I left out the interfacing as I thought the denim would be thick enough to hold it’s shape but I would definitely include it on cotton or thinner fabric next time.

I love the tab detail that makes it more professional looking and you could include D rings in if you wanted to add a strap.

From start to finish this took me about 2 hours (I had to unpick the lining fabric at the start as the lining was an old pillowcase, and the first stitch sewing the zip on I put the outer the wrong way round – doh. I also made a pattern template for next time with baking paper).

The tutorial was easy to follow and I would definitely sew this again and try another of Melanie’s videos as the instructions were simple and clear.