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Simple Mesh Utility Bag – Free Sewing Tutorial + 4 Tips for Sewing with Mesh

from The Inspired Wren

Simple Mesh Bag - Free Sewing Tutorial

However you’d like to use these Simple Mesh Bags, they will become a very well used accessory for any time of year. Renée  of The Inspired Wren designed and created these practical bags and used them  as travel bags to pack her little ones’ belongings, one set of garments for each day.  At the end of the day the used clothes went back into the bag they came out of.  Dirty clothes were separated from clean clothes. No digging through the bottom of your suitcase looking for small garments seemingly lost.  Zipper-phobes; install  one or two snaps or some Velcro tabs instead of a zipper.  One straight horizontal line of continuous hook and loop tape (Velcro) would be my suggestion, especially if young children will be using these very functional bags.  Download the free PDF sewing tutorial by The Inspired Wren for step-by-step directions demonstrating how to cut, assemble, and sew a simple mesh bag without a zipper closure.

Gutermann thread by LoveofFabrics on Etsy


Four Tips for Sewing with Mesh:

Mesh with large openings will feed through your sewing machine with more success if:

  1. If sewing a straight stitch, sew with a short stitch length.

  2. Sew a narrow zig-zag stitch instead of a straight stitch.

  3. Use a tear-away, wash-away, or tissue stabilizer underneath so feed dogs have something to move.  Simply remove the stabilizer after seams are complete.

  4. Always lay the mesh layer on top, closest to your needle when sewing.


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