DIY hamper – part two

This is the second part of a tutorial in which I show you how you can build and sew your own hamper. The first part HERE is about how you can build the frame of the hamper out of pallets and in this part I show you how I made my laundry bag.


These are the measurements for my laundry bag. It is extremely important that you again measure your self-built frame and calculate yourself how your measurements have to be. If your frame is only one centimeter wider than mine, my measurements already will not fit for your laundry bag!

Step 1

First, I ironed interfacing on the inside of the bottom of my laundry bag to strengthen it somewhat.

Step 2


Next, I sewed all my loops. For this I took the narrow strips of my fabric that were 10cm wide and vary in length and folded them like bias tape. Finally, I now folded this “bias tape” again and sew the loops close to the edge.

Step 3

sewing I

As you can see, I’ve taken a classic shirt fabric as my outer fabric. In order to sew your outer fabric, of course right side on right side, you have to sew the sides in a way that you alternate between a narrower side (37cm) sewn to a wider side (40cm), which in turn you sew at the other end to a 37cm-side and so on, until all parts are in the end connected with each other.

Step 4

sewing II

To finish my outer laundry bag, I only needed to sew in the strengthened bottom – all sides right to right. Both for the bottom and for the cover I chose white fabric, as you can see in the photo of the bottom here.

Step 5

To sew the inner bag you now do with the white inner fabric the exact same thing that you did in step 3 and 4 with the outer fabric: Sew all side pieces and insert the bottom. Warning – You must leave an opening somewhere!

Step 6


Now comes the part that gave me some trouble: the cover. In order not to make the same mistakes I did, you should now once again check the measurements of your cover and then iron interfacing one side of the fabric. The two sides of the cover must now be sewn together right side on right side, although two important points must be considered: 1. Do not forget, as I did and as you can see on the photo, to sew in the cover-loops at this point. I had to unravel my corners later. I’ve used the loops with 23cm length. 2. You can leave the entire rear side of the cover (the side without loops) open as a turning opening.


As you can see here in the photo, later I sewed the side of the cover with the opening easily in between the outer fabric and lining fabric.

Step 7


If you now finally sew your inside and your outside bag together, right sides facing, please do not forget to sew in the rest of the loops. For the rear side of the hamper, the side on which you now have to sew in the cover, I took the loops with 24cm length. Your very last step is now to close the opening that you have left opened in step 5.

sewing III


DIY hamper finished

Ich hoffe, dass ich mich einigermaßen verständlich machen konnte. Aus mir selbst nicht erklärbaren Gründen, fällt es mir unglaublich schwer, mich bei Nähanleitungen klar auszudrücken. Ich habe mein Bestes getan und bete, dass Ihr schon nähen könnt, dann braucht Ihr meine Anleitung nämlich gar nicht und wisst eh, was zu tun ist! Für alle anderen: Viel Glück!

I hope that I could make myself somewhat understandable. For some unexplained reasons, I find it incredibly difficult to express myself clearly in sewing-tutorials. I have done my best and pray that you can already sew, because then you don´t need my tutorial and already know, what to do! For all others: Good luck!

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