I took fancy clothes on my trip in October and I didn’t want to get snags in my tights, so I bought a lingerie bag to pack them in. I decided I needed bigger ones to hold my other stuff and made a bunch of large zippered bags out of fabric. I loved having my small things contained and not floating around my big suitcase. Then I came across THIS fabric:
I bought a yard since it was so cheap, which is more than enough to make 2-3 bags. Make these any size you want, the only limitation is the width of your zipper. 14″ zips are pretty standard, so I will use that size. This stuff seems to be stretchy in both directions so I don’t think it matters which way you cut it.
I started with a 12″ wide by 20″ tall piece of fabric. Then I cut two 1.5″ wide strips from quilt cotton about 12″ tall. You’ll cut off the extra length at the end.
Fold in fourths, like straps, raw edges to the center. (If you use pre-made, get the 1/2″ wide stuff. Not sure how that will wash up, though. I pre-wash all of my fabric so I don’t usually have a problem.)
Place the zipper along the short (12″ side), face down on top of the mesh fabric. (That means the zipper teeth and zipper pull are right sides together with the mesh. Yes, I know there is no right side/wrong side for the mesh. The zipper teeth are TOUCHING the mesh.) Let both ends of the zipper hang over the ends of the fabric about an inch so you don’t need to worry about zipper pulls or metal bits yet. Align the edge of the zipper tape with the edge of the fabric.
Use your zipper foot to sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use a short stitch length (2-2.5) to make sure you catch mesh fabric. SEW WITH THE ZIPPER ON TOP. The zipper will be upside down, but it’s OK. If you sew with the mesh on top, the presser foot would stretch it out. With the mesh on the bottom, the feed dogs will pull it through more evenly.
Go back and make a second stitch line between the first 1/4″ stitch line and the edge. Since the mesh fabric is mostly holes, this helps make sure you’ve got it secured. (Enlarge this pic if you’re confused.)
Fold the mesh fabric up so that it meets the edge of the zipper tape on the top/right side of the zipper.
Zip the bag and make sure it’s turned right side out. Fold the zipper down to about 1.5″ from the top. Press lightly and use either binder clips or quilt clips to hold it in place. (Pins won’t work ;)
Flip the bag over so the back side is face up. Start at the top with the folded short edge of the fabric strip. Unfold the long edge of the fabric strip so you can place it right sides together with the mesh fabric, aligning the raw edges. Cut off the excess fabric at the bottom of the strip, leaving 3/8″ to fold up and press.
I filled mine with $1 Target fun socks! :D I LOVE using these in my suitcase to stay organized. One for socks, one for underwear, one for bras. I like how the fabric strips help keep them relatively flat.
When you aren’t travelling, use them for tights that you don’t want to get snagged in your dresser or maybe WIP’s you want to keep together, instead of using ziplocks.
Finished size is about 10″ x 12″. Make them as big or small as you’d like!