Stephanie Allen from The Petite Sewist joins us with a new tutorial for our True Love series. Make a Lingerie Bag and matching Sachet, for yourself or as a fun wedding shower gift. The bags come in handy for travel too!… This is a straight-forward project; it’s perfect for new sewists, and a fast and satisfying project for those with more experience. Learn about Stephanie in her introduction, and visit The Petite Sewist for more. Enjoy!
I am Stephanie from The Petite Sewist and I’m so excited to be a part of the Sew,Mama,Sew! True Love Series!
I used to snag my hosiery in my dresser drawers and lose my slips in my suitcase on long trips until I started making lingerie bags. Not only do they keep things in one neat place, lingerie bags are also good for hiding unmentionables that one would like to remain, well… unmentioned! This lingerie bag paired with a sachet would make a great gift for a bride-to-be or a birthday present for a special lady. If I were you, though, I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to make one for yourself because they are pretty awesome!
Here is what you’ll need:
- 3″ Monogrammed Circle
- Fusible Web
- Outer Bag Fabric: 2 – 13″x16″ rectangles
- Lining Fabric: 2 – 13″x16″ rectangles
- Bag Ties: 2 – 24″ ribbon, 3/8″ wide
- Ribbon Loop: 8″ ribbon, 3/8″ wide
- Fabric: 2 – 4.5″x4.5″ rectangles
- Fabric design to applique
- Fusible web
- Dried herbs or wheat berries scented with essential oils
For the Lingerie Bag:
Back your monogrammed circle with fusible web. Place the monogrammed circle on the right side of one of the outer fabric pieces, 6″ from the bottom, centered, and fuse it to the rectangle. Stitch around the circle with your sewing machine to secure in place.
Take one of your outer fabric rectangles and mark the long sides near the top 1 1/4″ from the edge and 1 3/4″ from the edge. Place your two outer fabric rectangles right sides together with the marked piece on top. With your sewing machine, sew a 1/2″ seam around three sides, but do not sew between the marks on each long side. Leave the side nearest the marks unsewn.
Place your lining fabric right sides together and sew a 1/2″ seam around three sides, leaving a 4″ gap on one of the long sides to be closed later. Leave one of the short sides unsewn.
Press all seams open and clip the corners.
Place one bag inside the other, right sides together. Pin at the top, and sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around.
Using the 4″ gap that you made earlier, pull the fabric right sides out and press the top seam flat.
Fold the 4″ gap to the side and stitch near the edge to close the hole.
To sew the casing, sew a line of stitching 1 3/8″ near the top edge of the bag. Stitch again, this time 1 7/8″ from the edge of the bag.
Thread your ribbon through the casing on each side with a safety pin. Tie the ribbons on each side together.
For the Sachet:
Place your fabric design, backed with fusible web and iron it to one of the fabric rectangles, centered.
Put the fabric rectangles right sides together. Place the ends of the ribbon together on the top center of your fabric rectangles, with the loop inside and the ends to the outside. Pin in place.
Sew around the left, top and right sides, 1/4″ from the edge.
Clip the top corners and grade the seams.
Turn the sachet right sides out and press. Fold the unfinished edge under 1/4″ and press.
Get your dried herbs ready. If you are going to use wheat berries like I did, drop some essential oils in your wheat and mix it up.
Add as much wheat (or dried herbs) as you can but make sure you can still close the bag. (This is because you will have to fit your sewing machine foot over the edge in the next step.)
Pin the bag closed.
Back at the sewing machine, edgestitch the bag closed.
And there you have it…a lovely lingerie bag and sachet to match!
This is a fairly simple project, so I hope that especially you beginning sewers will give it a try. Maybe then you can stop finding annoying drawer-snagged nylons, too!