A Nod to Furoshiki│Laundry Bag


It’s that wonderful time of the year and I know some of you are getting ready for the holidays purchasing gifts and prepping a wonderful dinner with the family. So what should you gift for that maker of the house? What about this unique and stylish bag? Well, I am going to teach you how to create A Nod to Furoshiki│Laundry Bag. I received so many messages from people loving my last tutorial that I decided to use the quilt-as-you-go technique for this project as well. Have fun and happy sewing.

Materials to sew the A Nod to Furoshiki│Laundry Bag:

Cutting Insructions:

DAR = Dare Fabrics

PE = Pure Elements

DEN = The Denim Studio

  • DAR-54301
    Cut one (1) 15″ by 11″
    Cut one (1) 21″ by 3″
  • DAR-54305
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 7″
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 6″
  • DAR-64311
    Cut one (1) 21″ by 3½”
    Cut one (1) 10″ by 5″
    Cut one (1) 7½” by 6″
    Cut two (2) 2″ by 36″ for casing
  • DAR-54309
    Cut one (1) 7″ by 5″
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 6″
  • DAR-64303
    Cut one (1) 8″ by 6″
  • DAR-64306
    Cut one (1) 6″ by 5″
    Cut one (1) 11″ by 15″
  • DAR-64305
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 15″
    Cut one (1) 10″ by 14″
  • DEN-S-204
    Cut one (1) 21″ by 3″
    Cut one (1) 21″ by 1½”
    Cut one (1) 14″ by 3½”
  • DEN-L-4000
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 10″
    Cut one (1) 4½” by 14″
    Cut the 22 diameter circle from template
  • PE-405
    Cut one (1) 15″ by 5″
    Cut one (1) 5’’ by 5’’
  • PE-420
    Cut one (1) 22” by 72” for lining
    Cut one (1) 7″ by 5″
    Cut one (1) 14″ by 3″
  • PE-434
    Cut one (1) 6″ by 6″
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 6″
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 5″
  • Batting
    Cut one (1) 6″ by 6″
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 6″
    Cut one (1) 7″ by 5″
    Cut one (1) 14″ by 3″
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 5″
    Cut one (1) 15″ by 5″
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 5″
    Cut one (1) 5″ by 10″
    Cut one (1) 4½” by 14″
    Cut one (1) 21″ by 3″
    Cut one (1) 21″ by 1½”
    Cut one (1) 14″ by 3½”
  • Lining
    Cut one (1) 32″ by 22″

Step 1- Create Diameter Template

Take the 30” by 30” square of pattern making paper and create a center in the middle of the square followed by an 11” horizontal line. 11” will be your radio while your diameter is 22” (double of the radio). Continue creating vertical and horizontal 11” lines in order to form a pie (this will be an easier way to draft the circle) as explained in the image below.


Once your pattern is complete, cut the circumference to DEN-L-4000 and set aside.

Below you will find each Row Combination of the project design. I am specifying each piece’s measurements by row for easy understanding.


Step 2—Cross Stitches 

Once all your pieces are cut and arranged as explained above, get all the solid pieces (AGF Pure Elements and AGF Denim Studio) and batting. Set aside to begin stitching. Make sure each piece is paired with its matching size batting for stitching.


Prep your sewing machine with the BERNINA Open embroidery foot #20 C  and thread it using Aurifil 2530. Get all the PE-420 pieces and begin stitching.


For this piece, we will use cross stitches #301, #332, #376, #156 (Decorative Stitch), #302, #11 (Practical Stitch), #316 and #333 respectably.


NOTE: You can use as many stitches as you prefer at in any given piece.

For the last PE-420 piece, I used cross stitches #301, #332, #376, and practical stitch #11.


Now it’s PE-405 turn, change the thread to Aurifil to #2021 and begin stitching using:

Cross stitches #301, #332, #376, #302 and #316 respectably.


The same stitches are repeated for the last piece.


For DEN-S-204 change your machine thread to to Aurifil 2785 and stitch as instructed:

Cross stitches #301, #332, #376.


Cross stitches #301 and #332.


Cross stitches #301, #332, #376 and #316.


For DEN-L-4000, maintaining the same thread as before (Aurifil 2785) and start stitching.


Cross stitches #301, #332, #376, #302, #316 and #33.


Cross stitches #301, #332, #376, #302 and #316.


With the same thread stitch the last pieces of PE-434, all of them with the same cross stitches.

Cross stitches #301, #332, #376, #302 and #316.


Step 3—Connect Pieces

NOTE: We use 1/4 seam allowance

Prep your machine with (BERNINA Reverse Pattern Foot # 1D) and thread it with Aurifil #2021.

As the name it states, the quilt-as-you-go method is a quilting technique that will allow you to quilt freely. However, in this case I made a quilt-as you-go design to follow while quilting (row combination). Start by connecting the first row (see step 1 row combination image). Connect A piece to B and lastly B piece to C piece. You will follow this direction with every row combination. 



For the second row,  first attach the 5” by 10” piece of DEN-L-4000 and the 5” by 5” piece of PE-434.


Later, attach the 5” by 15” of DAR-64305 to the piece created above. Stitch the 15” part.


Finish the second row by attaching the 15” by 11” piece of DAR-54301.


The third row it’s just one 21” by 3” strip so we connect that to the second row, as instructed on the diagram below.


Now lets begin the fourth row. Take the 7” by 5” pieces of DAR-54305, PE-420 and DAR-54309. Sew them together as explain in the image below.


Now the fifth row it’s a bit tricky but not hard. First, grab the two 5” by 6” of PE-434 and DAR-54309, and the 6” by 6” of  DAR-54305. Sew them together and set aside25

Then take the 11” by 5” of PE-405 and the 5” by 15” of DAR-64306 and sew them together.


Attach the two pieces that you just created together as explained on the diagram below.


Lastly, grab the 21” by 3 1/2” of DAR-64311 and the 21 by 1 1/2 of DEN-S-2004. Attach all pieces together to complete the fifth row.


The sixth row is just one strip of 21” by 3” of DAR-54301. We will attach that later to the seventh row.

Get all the pieces from the seventh row (see step 1 row combination image) and sew them together as shown below.


Easy right? Now we attach the sixth row to the piece we just completed.


Lastly, get all the pieces from the eighth row (see step 1 row combination image) and sew them together as shown below.


Finally, we get all of our completed rows and attach them together, we should end up with a piece looking like this.

NOTE: You can use this image as reference of how your final piece should look


Step 4—Attaching Lining 

With the same Aurifil thread and presser foot, take the the one (1) 22” by 72” piece of PE-420 and attach it to the complete piece from the previous step as instructed in the picture below (right side with right side)


Sew around leaving a 5” opening. Once it’s complete, pull the piece through the 5” opening. You will be looking at the right side of your almost complete Furoshiki Laundry Bag. Pull the corners out, press and machine close the 5” opening.

Step 5—Attaching String Casing

Take the two (2) 2’” by 36’” piece of DAR-64311 and attach them together to make one whole strip. Later, pin the strip to the edge of the piece just completed in Step 4 (as shown in image) and straight stitch lengthwise with a 1/4 seam allowance.


Press seams as instructed below, folding  the edge of the strip to 1/4”.


Now fold the strip once more and make sure the folded edge matches the stitches just created in the previous step. Keep in mind that a jute string will pass through the casing, so make sure there is enough space in between. Pin in place.


Now it is time to machine stitch the right side of our piece. Make sure you are stitching on the edge of the strip.


Take your jute string and use a safety pin to pin the side. TIP: This will help you to pass the string through the casing.


Now insert the jute string to the casing opening as shown below. The safety pin will aid you to pass it all the way through the length of the casing.


It is time to make holes on our casing for the jut string. Approximately 2” away from each end, create a 1/2” hole, and pass the string thorough it. Repeat this step for the other end of the casing.


Lastly, lets close the Furoshiki Laundry bag by taking each small side, pin in place and straight stitch from top to bottom.


You will have your piece almost ready just missing the bottom circumference piece. Grab the 22 diameter of DEN-L-4000 and pin in place at the bottom of your piece (side without the jute string and casing) going around the circumference. Carefully, stitch around the circumference with a 1/4″ seam allowance.


Cut the extras, if you have, turn it over and voila! You have your Nod to Furoshiki Laundry Bag ready!


Our December 22 Gift For You

Today’s gift is a BERNINA seam ripper and the Inspiration Magazine No. 63  to one awesome WeAllSew fan. All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:

Where would you place this cute laundry bag in your home?

A winner will be chosen at random on December 23, 2015 and announced later this week!

Good luck!

Congratulations to our WeAllSew reader “chelle0399”, the winner of the December 22 gift. Enjoy!


4 days until Christmas

52 thoughts on “A Nod to Furoshiki│Laundry Bag

  1. Love that this project uses a multitude of stitches and presser feet. I hope this project stays on the site for the next few months. Thank you for this awesome project!!

  2. I love furoshiki– ebay has helped me to collect some vintage fusoshiki , that I hope to make into a quilt
    I have a laundry shoot, so I would use this for my sewing projects, next to my sofa
    thanks for the pattern and the giveaway

  3. It is just so cute. Would use this in my sewing room. I believe I already have some pieces if fabric that I have stitched some of these stitches on. Thank you.

  4. My husband and I have learned how to put our clothes in the hamper. But my granddaughters have not matured enough for that task! I would make one for each of them and put it in their closets where they dress.

  5. This is way too cute for laundry ! One would go in my guest room for an extra blanket or towels, but the other goes in my sewing area for fat quarters or fabric scraps !!

  6. That would have to go in my sewing room and I could keep all sorts of bits and bobs in it – in fact I could have more than one and keep half finished projects in the other one!

  7. What a wonderful idea. I have a room at each of my daughters homes so I would make one for each house. I would have a great place to store items instead of those plastic bags like the ones you get at a hotel. Love this idea.

  8. I think I’ll make 2 but maybe not for laundry…. I love this and would make one for my sewing room for those small scraps of fabric that I save to make doll clothes for my granddaughter. I know my mom the knitter would also love this for skeins of yarn.

  9. This is a very cute idea for those on the go. Would have to take this with me when traveling. Great way to keep clothes separated. But it doesn’t have to be for dirty clothes. It could be a mini cushion for those hard seats LIke a restaurant, ball games, or wherever you happen to be.

  10. I’d probably give it as a gift to my grandson who is going to college in the coming new year. Or, to
    my son’s family (4 kids) who will be leaving on a 3 year LDS mission. We’ll really miss them but it’s
    a great opportunity for them.

  11. It is beautiful and sturdy! I would make this to coordinate with the quilt I just made for my 4 year
    old. The quilt may be stored in the bag during hot summer months, and in the winter used for storing beach towels, water toys, snorkeling equipment,etc.
    It would coordinate with both the room and quilt. Now I can practice with my new Bernina 790. Thanks!

    1. It is beautiful and sturdy! I would make this to coordinate with the quilt I just made for my 4 year
      old. The quilt may be stored in the bag during hot summer months, and in the winter used for storing beach towels, water toys, snorkeling equipment,etc.
      It would coordinate with both the room and quilt. Now I can practice with my new Bernina 790. Thanks!

  12. I agree with mettawallbeings, this would be great in a guest room, or to take when traveling to put dirty clothes in. Keep things nice and neat instead of a plastic bag.

  13. Most likely it would be sitting on my bed with clean laundry in it. I have tried to be conscientious about putting away clean laundry, but most times I end up getting my laundry out of the bag instead of the dresser. I have one of those old homes that didn’t see a need for closets and not enough space for wardrobes. Why waste space on closets when you can put 2 nails on the back of a door…one for daily wear and one for Sunday? Even my bathroom seems to be somewhat of an afterthought. lisajcowell(at)cs(dot)com

  14. I would give it to my granddaughter to use it as a sleep over bag.
    I always wash her clothes before sending them home, so all mom has to wash is the clothes she is wearing.

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