How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

If you’re into whimsical housewares, you’re going to love today’s project! There’s not much fun about doing the laundry, so to make the chore a little cheerier, why not carry your laundry in a fish-shaped bag?

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

We made our fish-shaped laundry bag with one craft pack of Oly*Fun Fabric. A really fun feature of this fabric is that you can draw on it with markers, paint on it, and even use glue to easily add embellishments. We made our fish bag look a little more fish-like by hot gluing an eye on each side that we made out of scrap fabric. You could also glue or draw on scales!

Let’s take a closer look at how to put together this simple-sew project.

Materials List:

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

How to Make a Fish Shaped Laundry Bag

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

We started by drawing out our fish shape on a piece of muslin. You could sketch out your fish design on patterning material, newspaper or kraft paper. Our fish measures about 37” from tail tip to the top of the bag (aka the mouth) and is about 20” wide. You can make your fish whatever size you want, just sketch out a design that’s pleasing to you.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

Roll out your Oly*Fun but leave the fabric folded in half. Lay your pattern on top of the Oly*Fun and pin them together.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

Cut out the fish shape in the Oly*Fun.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

Mark 3” down from the top of the bag on each edge and make a tiny snip with your scissors.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

Top stitch 1/4” away from the raw edge all the way around the bag, starting at the snip you made in the last step and finishing at the opposite snip.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

Sew a second row of stitches alongside the first to strengthen the seam.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

At the top of the bag, widen the snip you made earlier in the fabric so it’s the width of your stitches.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

Take the fabric above the cut you just made and fold it in 1/2”. Then, fold the top down to create a 1-3/4” hem.

Cut your length of leechline in half. Fold the leechline into the top hem. Arrange the line so it wraps around one edge of the bag and its free ends stick out from the opposite side. Do the same with the second half of the leechline, but adding the loop at the opposite side of the bag.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

Fold up the top hem and pin in place.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

Loosely tie the free ends of the rope on each side. Take to the sewing machine and sew 1/4” away from the bottom folded edge all around the top of the bag. Be sure to keep the ties out of the way while you sew! Then sew a second row of stitches above the first.

How to Make a Fish-Shaped Laundry Bag

Tie a nice small knot at the end of the line.

Now you can decorate or embellish you fish!


You can find everything you need to make your own fish-shaped laundry bag at Sailrite.com.

Would you want to make fish bags? What other projects would you make with Oly*Fun fabric? Get more inspiration for small projects like this on our Scrap Busters & Small Projects board on Pinterest.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: