Every baby nursery needs a laundry hamper for all those little soiled onesies and outfits. And while I found this beautiful blue and white dipped died rope basket on clearance at Target, I just didn’t like that it took up valuable floor space in the nursery. After some Pinterest-ing, I was inspired to make a DIY Laundry Hamper.
The idea of a DIY laundry hamper that could easily be carried to the laundry room was on my list of nursery necessities. Also on my baby boy’s nursery idea board was the use of bandanas in the decor. This bandana laundry hamper covers both of these visions and is a quick DIY project to complete.
- 10″ embroidery hoop
- 4 bandanas
- drawstring (I used a shoestring. Twine, ribbon, or rope are also good options.)
- matching thread
How To Make A DIY Laundry Hamper With Bandanas
Wash and dry your bandanas. I find that bandanas are very stiff when first purchased so washing and drying will soften them up.
Optionally, press your bandanas.
I chose to trim off the finished edges of the bandanas. The edges can cause the bandana squares to not be perfect squares and removing the edges will bring them back to square.
Lay two bandanas right sides together and sew one edge. Repeat with other two bandanas.
Lay your now sewn bandanas right sides together and sew the long and bottom edges. You now basically have a pillow case.
With the bandanas right sides together, fold over the open edges about 2″. Mark a spot in the center of the folded edge on both the front and back for a button hole.
Unfold the edge. Using your sewing machine or by hand, sew in your button holes.
Once the button holes are in place flip the bandanas wrong side out and fold over the open edge again. Sew the edge in place leaving an open sleeve for your drawstring.
Fold the drawstring in half and knot a loop in the middle.
Thread the drawstring through the sleeve so the loop pops out through a button hole and the ends hang out the other button hole. Sew the drawstring into the sleeve on both sides of the loop. This will keep the drawstring from slipping out when hanging.
Flip the hamper bag right sides out and place in between the two embroidery hoop pieces.
You’re all set and have a new hanging DIY laundry hamper bag that’s customized to match your decor.
I took a piece of advice from Two Twenty One and use a mesh laundry bag alongside the hanging hamper to toss in those tiny baby socks and bibs so the washing machine monster doesn’t eat them.
One of my favorite parts of this DIY Hanging Hamper is that the bag can be tossed in the wash as well if needed.
This DIY laundry hamper looks and works so perfect in our nursery.