Sew A Toiletry Bag with French Seams

Nicole Dasig, blogger, sewer, crocheter, and DIY-er

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7 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Choosing Your Fabric

    • 3. Cutting the Fabric

    • 4. Installing the Zipper Pt. 1

    • 5. Installing the Zipper Pt. 2

    • 6. Sewing the French Seams

    • 7. Sewing the Box Shape

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About This Class

In just under 30 minutes, sewing blogger Nicole Dasig from She's Got the Notion will show you how to sew a toiletry bag with french seams. It’s easy enough for beginners to follow along, as all you need to know how to do is sew in a straight line. This toiletry bag is an updated version of the very popular toiletry bag made from fat quarters from

What makes this bag special is its french seams. French seams are a two-part sewing technique that encloses the raw edges of the fabric into the seam. It creates a sturdy seam that will help give this toiletry bag structure. In this method, the exterior fabric and the lining are sewn together and require no hand sewing to finish the lining.

By the end of this class, you will be able to sew a toiletry bag from start to finish. Nicole will guide you through all the steps, including choosing your fabric, installing the zipper, sewing the french seams, and creating the box shape of the bag. Once you've enrolled, be sure to begin your class project and use the checklist to reference the steps as you go.

Supplies Needed:

  • ½ yard medium to heavy weight fabric for exterior, such as canvas, duck cloth, or home dec fabric
  • ½ yard lightweight fabric, such as ripstop nylon or cotton, for interior
  • ½ yard stiff interfacing or fusible fleece (or both)
  • 14” or longer zipper
  • Thread
  • 1” twill tape, optional for zipper tabs
  • Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, iron, ironing board, scissors or rotary cutter + mat, pins, clear ruler, fabric marker

Fabric cutting dimensions:

  • 15” x 21” (38 cm x 53 cm): cut one each from exterior, interior, and interfacing 

Seam allowance is 1/4" (0.5 cm) unless otherwise noted.