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feel free to use this pattern for any personal non-commercial activity.
Machine or hand stitch a prefered number of small fabric soap
bags to hold the soapnuts during your machine washes. If you'd like to
buy ready-made bags please visit this page - soap
nut washing bags or see if pixiehats ebay page has any current listings
- handmade soapnut washing bags
The pattern offered here is a result of the free muslin bags we received
not really performing as expected!
The first few washes involved us searching around for escaped nuts over
clothes, in the washing machine filter and in contrast not being able to
undo the string ties easily enough to open the bag and check inside!
This idea features hook & loop tape as the mecanism for securing
the soap nuts in place, and two pull handle tabs for easy opening and
Please enjoy & have fun knowing your soap nuts make for one of
the most eco-friendly ways to scrub-up clean :)
Cut one whole body piece and 2 pull tabs
Make the pull
tabs first by folding one long edge into the middle.
--------- then the other long edge to the middle.
--------- then fold whole piece in half lengthways and sew in
place forming a long narrow strip
--------- r hot iron helps to keep the fold lines in place.
--------- repeat so there’s 1 pull tab for each side of the bag.
hem area on the main bag by turn over and iron flat both upper hem lines
Take the raw
ends of one pull tab, bring them together and using the hem lines as
a guide, position on the bag where marked on the pattern.
--------- sew securely in place.
--------- repeat on the opposite side of the bag.
Turn the hem
lines outwards and sew in place, covering the raw pull tab ends in the
Take the hook
and loop tape and cut to fit each side of the bag.
--------- sew securely to what will be the inside edge of the bag
Finish up by
folding the whole body piece in half – with pull tabs on the inside
& tape on the outside. --------- sew the body the sides and bottom
together and then turn right side out.
Add your soap
nuts and secure the bag pening with the hook & loop tape.
Open via the
pull tabs on each side
Each finished bag measures approximately 12cm x 12cm
A bag of 6ish soap nuts can be used 3-4 times before needing
to be composted/green-cycled.
It can be difficult to keep track of how many washes
each bag goes through, buttons or wooden draught pieces can help!
add a 40mm button/piece to your soap nut bag just before you pop it into
the wash. 4 buttons on ... take everything out and start again ...
Please use countdown items you feel comfortable with - wood, fabric,
plastic and that you are confident won't escape the soap nut bag and
cause a buildup in your washing machine's filter.