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Wipe Clean Washbag

Wipe clean washbag

This wipe clean washbag project was designed by Laura Strutt, author of a number of craft books.  For more details on Laura’s books visit Amazon Author Central or visit her blog at 

The fabric for this project was kindly supplied by Abakhan

Free sewing patterns for men are quite hard to come by, so this masculine boxy style wipe clean wash bag is the ideal make for the man in your life! The classic box design is surprisingly easy to create and features the addition of a neat handle perfect for hanging or carrying. The use of Vlieseline Lamifix Matt applied to the inner fabric give this a wipe clean finish – plus the extra roomy design means that it is large enough to stow all a man’s necessities!

How to sew a washbag

You will need…

Print cotton in two contrasting designs for exterior and interior bag. I used 2 fabrics from the Liberty Lifestyle range kindly supplied by Abakhan  

Solid cotton in complementary shade

Medium Fusible Interfacing – Vlieseline H250

Vlieseline Lamifix Matt

35cm Zip

Pins & fabric clips (I used Clover Wonder Clips)


Sewing Machine with zip foot

Baking parchment/ thin pressing cloth

Iron & Ironing board

Pinking shears

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1. Cutting

From the outer fabric, interior fabric, Vlieseline H250 and Vlieseline Lamifix Matt cut two pieces, each measuring 30cm x 35cm

Set the interior fabric and the Vlieseline Lamifix matt aside. Use the iron to bond the two Vlieseline H250 interlining pieces on to the wrong side of the outer fabric pieces.


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2. Create interior 

Place the adhesive side of the Vlieseline Lamifix Matt onto the surface of the interior fabric. Cover with a piece of baking parchment or a thin cotton pressing cloth and bond the Lamifix in place.

Tip: When bonding fusibles on to fabrics, don’t move the iron in a sweeping motion, as though ironing wrinkles out of a garment, think of pressing the iron on a section, holding it there for a couple of seconds then moving it to the next section.

This will prevent it from causing ripples on the surface of the fabric. To help the adhesive bond securely, remove the bonded fabric from the ironing board and place on a flat surface to cool and the adhesive to fully bond. Don’t allow the heat of the iron to come into direct contact with the Vlieseline Lamifix as it will burn onto the iron plate. Use a piece of baking parchment or a piece of thin cotton to cover the surface before pressing.

 Repeat to add the Lamifix Matt to the second piece. Be careful when handing the newly bonded Lamifix so as not to burn your fingers on any heat that it is holding. Place on a flat surface to cool.

Sewing with zips

 3. Add the zip

Place the outer fabric with the right side uppermost, then position the zip to the long side on top so that the teeth are face down onto the outer fabric and so that the edge of the tape is neatly aligned to the upper section. Place the right side (the Lamifix Matt side) of the interior fabric on top to sandwich the zip into the centre. Pin the layers – or use fabric clips – neatly in place.

How to sew a zip

4. Sew zip

With a zip foot attached to the machine and using a straight machine stitch, work a line of stitching along the length of the zip to secure it into place. 

Tip: When sewing the zip in place, ensure that the zip tab is pulled away from the needle, this means that you will probably have to stop the machine, raise the presser foot and slide the zip tag away from the stitching line. This will prevent accidentally sewing over the metal parts of the zip, which will break the needle and can damage the sewing machine.


How to top stitch a zip

5. Topstitch zip

Fold the two fabrics away from the zip – the wrong sides of the outer fabric and the interior fabric will be touching. Finger press along the zip to neaten the fabrics and work a line of neat topstitching along the outer fabric at the edge of the zip.

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6. Finish zip

Repeat steps 5 & 6 to add the remaining outer and interior fabrics to the second part of the zip, then add a second line of topstitching along the second side of the zip. Open the zip half way and leave it open for the remainder of the sewing – this will ensure that you can turn the wash bag though to the right side when it is completed.

How to sew a boxy pouch

7. Create base seam

Fold the two sides of the wipe clean wash bag in half with the zip laying neatly along the fold at the top. Along the lower edges – the right sides of the outer fabric will be touching and the right sides of the interior fabric (the Lamifix side) will be outermost. With a standard machine foot and using a straight machine stitch and a 1cm seam allowance, work a line of stitches to join the sections of the bag to create the base.

Wash bag sewing pattern

8. Create end seam

Carefully finger press the seam open and roll it round so that it is laying neatly over the zip. Using pins or fabric clips hold the fabric together for stitching. With a standard machine foot and a straight machine stitch, work a line of stitching across the short end taking a 1cm seam allowance. If you are using a zip with metal teeth ensure that you don’t stitch over the zip as this will break the needle.

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Ensuring that the zip is still open part way to allow turning though, pin (or clip) the second short side and work a line of straight machine stitches 1cm from the edge to secure.

Handle for a wash bag

9. Create the handle

From the solid cotton cut a strip of fabric 7cm x 22cm and cut a strip of Vlieseline H250 3cm x 22cm. Fuse the interlining to the wrong side of the fabric setting it 5mm from the outer edge. Fold the strip around the interlining and fold in the outer 5mm on each side to conceal the raw edges.

Press to neaten and pin (or clip) to secure. With a standard machine foot and a straight machine stitch, work a line of stitching 3mm from each edge along both long sides – this will secure the folded edges.


How to box the corners of a pouch

10. Box corners

Working with the interior fabric outermost, roll the corner round to align the base seam with the fold of the side seam. Once the base seam is laying centrally through the corner, measure 5cm from the point and using a ruler and fabric pen, mark a straight line across the corner. Using this line as a guide, with a standard machine foot and a straight machine stitch work a line of stitching.

Repeat to add a box corner to the the next corner on that end of the bag.

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11. Add handle

The remaining two corners on the other end of the bag are folded to make box corners in the same way, but before stitching, insert 1.5cm of one end of the handle into the folded section and pin or clip in place before stitching. Fold the final corner and insert the handle so that 1.5cm sits inside the fold and pin in place. The handle will lay flat against the end of the bag. Stitch the remaining corner in the same way.

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12. Turn through

Using the pinking shears to neatly trim away the excess fabric at the box corners and along the seams. Through the open zip, draw the wash bag through to the right side and carefully push out all the points of the box corners. To make the corners really neat use the tip of a knitting needle to get crisp corners.

Your wipe clean washbag is now ready to use or to gift. 

For other pouches and bags to make visit our free projects page and click the ‘bags’ or ‘purses and pouches’ tags. 

Free boxy wash bag sewing pattern

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