Super Simple Wash Bag + Little Village Sewing Appeal


I was approached by the most wonderful parenting charity Little Village in London to support them with their toiletries donations for Mothers Day. Little Village is like a food bank, but instead they offer clothing and toiletries to families who need them the most. You can find out more at

We thought it would be lovely to have some gorgeous wash bags made by you to put the toiletries in, I am asking for donations of wash bags, but if you have anything extra you would like to put inside that would be wonderful too. I have created a super simple wash bag pattern that anyone can copy, if you have time I would love you to make a few to donate to the charity. The idea is they will be used to bundle up cosmetics and baby care products.

If you are able to make a few, please donate to:

FAO Blanch Brewer

Little Village

Priory Court Former Tenants Hall,

Cheltenham Road


London SE15 3BG

YOU WILL NEED (per bag)

2 x 27cm width by 36cm length heavyweight cotton fabric

1m cotton rope ( I used this one but anything similar is fine)

Sewing machine and thread


1. Cut and press two rectangles of fabric that measure 27cm width by 36cm length. I’ve used a thick printed canvas.


2. Fold over and press the top raw edge by 1cm then 1cm again to enclose. Straight stitch closed.


3. Press (only) the top edge over again by 3 cm.


4. To create the side seam. Fold over the left side on one of the fabric pieces and the right on the other by 1cm and press. Stitch down to secure.

5. To stitch together, lay both pieces on top of each other right way facing inwards and seamed sides on top of each other. On the seamed side of the bag, stitch from 3cm down (or where the pressed line is), this leaves an opening for the rope. Then along the sides and bottom line of the bag.


6. Trim away any stray ends and use a zig zag stitch or overlocker to finish the raw edges.


7. Tie knots in the ends of the 1m length of rope, then place inside the top of the bag, fold over to the pressed edge.


8. Stitch down using a tight straight stitch.


9. Finally turn bag the right way around, push out corners and pull rope to close.


If you are making this pattern for yourself, why not make an extra one and send it to Little Village. It would be so appreciated x

Hannah Read-Baldrey