DIY Laundry Hamper Tutorials – Polyester Mesh Fabric & Poly Thread
Polyester Mesh Fabric & Poly Thread – DIY Laundry Hamper
View our new video tutorial on how to create your own DIY Laundry Hamper! This three-sectioned laundry hamper is great for separating your laundry (delicate, white clothing, dark clothing). This pattern is intended to be used with a laundry sorter frame, and it is perfect if you need to replace an old frame liner. It is compact enough to be stored in a laundry room or in a large closet. Make the tedious task of doing laundry easier than ever!
The pattern is fairly easy to follow. For a list of items you’ll need to complete the project, read below.
What You Need to Make Your Own DIY Laundry Hamper
Sewing your own DIY Laundry Hamper is incredibly easy! Here’s what you need to complete the project:
- Polyester Mesh Fabric (about 2 yards)
- Bonded Polyester Thread
Other Supplies (to be purchased from your local craft store)
- Rotary Cutter
- Marking Pen
- Cording (1/4 inch)
- Laundry Sorter Frame (may be a used frame)
Benefits of Using Mesh Fabric for Your Laundry Basket
Protect Your Clothes: The poly mesh provides a flexible receptacle to store your dirty clothing and towels in. No more smashed and wrinkled clothing. The mesh fabric, filled to capacity, is more gentle than typical laundry baskets.
Limit Mildew Growth: When you place wet clothing or towels in a laundry basket or hamper that has no ventilation, mold and mildew can ruin you clothing. Keep your laundry hygienic and bright by using a mesh-lined laundry basket. This DIY project is an easy way to keep your clothes cleaner.
Make Sorting Easy: Sorting clothes is less tedious when you do in advance. Sort clothes as they enter the basket with this DIY laundry basket segmented into thirds. Delicate, white and dark clothing are easily separated for later cleaning. Take the extra step out of doing your laundry!
Remove the Clutter: Home decor is important in any household. Make laundry rooms more functional and stylized with our DIY laundry basket. Keep laundry from piling up on the floor or tabletops.
Bonus: Laundry Hacks
At Canvas Etc., we deal specifically with fabrics and fabric care. Here are some top laundry hacks from our fabric experts:
- Don’t wash your clothes so often. Just because you wear something once, doesn’t make it dirty. If there are no visible stains or unpleasant smells coming off the garment, hang it back up in your closet. Skip the laundry basket and protect your clothes. By washing them less often, you are ensuring they last longer.
- Pay attention to washing instructions. All the symbols mean something on clothing tags. Not sure what they mean? This Wikipedia entry explains it all. Following the manufacturer directions will help you retain the garment’s color and size.
- Minimize detergent use. Most of us use WAY too much because we are following the product directions. The truth is, you need far less than recommended, and by using less, you save money and experience less wear on your clothes.
- Hang or fold your clothing right after drying. If you let your clean clothing pile up, you can create wrinkles that are nearly impossible to clear. If you don’t have time to fold and hang right after washing, at least lay clothing flat, in a pile. That way, you won’t have to iron the wrinkles out later.
- Clean your washer and dryer. Believe it or not, detergent and fabric softener and build up on machines, trapping dirt and other particles. You can Google guides to cleaning your laundry appliances to remove the mildew and soap scum. The result? The sensors in your machines will do a better job of washing and trying clothes. This means energy savings and better care for your clothes.
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