Thursday 26 January 2017

Women's Toiletry Bags ~ Charity Sewing

Feel good, stash busting sewing sums up the Women's Toiletry Bags I'm showing you today. They would have to be the easiest toiletry bags I have ever sewn.

Easy to make women's toiletry bag ~ Threading My Way ~ charity sewing

When I think of toiletry bags, I normally think of drawstring or zippered bags. These bags are even easier to make. The top of each bag folds over and is closed with a handmade brooch. Someone else is making the brooches, so I can't show you what the bags look like with brooches attached.

The construction is the same as a fabric basket, but without any interfacing. Finished size is roughly 11" x 13" x 1".

It didn't take long to whip up 10 bags. My favourite would have to be the elephants - an organic cotton from Umbrella Prints, followed closely by the one on the far right. It's an organic quilting cotton, given to me when I took part in the Crafty Cooks Apron Swap a few years ago.

The toiletry bags will be making their way to the Life's Little Treasures Foundation, via Sewing for Charity Australia, ready for Mothers Day.

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is an Australian charity dedicated to providing support, friendship and information, specifically tailored for families of children born premature or sick.

Sewing for Charity Australia, is a new to me group. The volunteers sew and donate requested items to charities and community organisations in Australia. I'll have to update Helping Others Through Sewing to include this group.

My toiletry bags will be added to the Charity Sewing link party here at Threading My Way.

I have so many small pieces of fabric. It feels good to have used a few - not that you'd know, looking at my stash.

What do you make with smallish pieces of fabric?

... Pam



  1. What a lovely thing to do with just a little of your stash. They look great and how mice to think they are going to such a good cause.

    1. Why do I never spell check before I hit publish? NICE, it is NICE to think of them going to such a good cause!

  2. To answer your question - I don't know. I mean, I see all sorts of ideas but not many of them have me running to the sewing machine. Thinking that I'm going to have to start patch-working some of my scraps together to make actual fabric that can then be put to "bigger" use. Kudos on a lovely effort for a great cause, Pam.

  3. I make bags and baskets with my scraps - I think scraps are the prettiest of fabrics :) Right now I have a small collection of flannel scraps and larger pieces, left over from someone else's sewing, and gifted to me - I'm patchworking pieces to make bibs to donate to a counselling center :) I think your bags are lovely, and what a sweet gift they'll make, particularly with a lovely brooch closure!

  4. I admire your selfless sewing Pam. I am sure that people in challenging situations will appreciate the thought someone they have never met put into creating something to brighten up their day :)

  5. Such a simple but great idea Pam. I am always on the lookout for uses for my fabric scraps, so I am saving some at the moment for a crazy patch lampshade for my sewing room.


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