The Delta Hospital Auxiliary was asked to sew 100 laundry bags for health care workers. These were bags to go into the washing machine – contents and all. The most readily available material was sheets. A laundry bag is a large, roomy drawstring bag . Sewing the rectangle is easy . The tricky part can be sewing the channel for the drawstring.
One of the long sides of the bag is sewn in the following manner. From the top of the bag seam line measure down 3 inches from the top. Sew to this point. Leave a 3/4 inch gap then continue sewing the seam. (do back stitches where you finish and then start this gap). This gap is where you will insert the ties.
Press this seam open and overcast the edges.
To make the casement that will contain the ties fold over the top raw edge 12-inch all around and press the fold in place. Then fold over a further 2 1/2-inches evenly all around lining up the side seams. Press.
Unfold the pressed casement and insert the two ends of the drawstring into the gap in the seam. Tuck the drawstring into the top part of the casement and pin in place. Fold the pressed casement down and machine stitch the bottom hem in place. Watch you don’t sew the long ends of the draws string into the hem.
To machine sew the folded top edge give the ends of the ties a little tug. This will ease the cords away from the top fold. Do this occasionally when you are stitching the seam to ensure you don’t catch the ties. Top stitch the casement about 1/2-inch or so away from the fold.
Right side will look like this when finished. Knot the tie ends together.
It was originally thought when using sheets we could utilize the finished edge of the top sheet for the casement. This could work on smaller drawstring bags but I found it created too much bulk. I will eliminate that part of the sheet in future bag making. Our Delta Hospital has requested an additional 200 bags.