DIY Fish laundry bag FREE sewing pattern and video

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At last! Now my kids are happy to pick up their laundry and put it in these fishy laundry bags I made them. Love this pattern. Look great in a fishy print too, but net works well. Could be a swim bag too?

Cute… check! Useful… check! Easy… check! I think these Fish Laundry Bags are a must-make!

Caroline says she listened to her readers when designing this project, who wanted this fish-shaped drawstring bag to have 2 pattern pieces for lots of opportunities for creativity. On one fish, she used Hex Mesh fabric on the bottom portion.

On the all-fabric bags she added just a touch of embellishment. You could topstitch some lines, but she decided to sew simple narrow pintucks with contrasting thread instead. Wouldn’t these look sensational in nautical and beachy fabrics or something that resembled scales?

We think these could also be used as toy bags too. Encourage the kids to clear up their room or put the toys away by feeding them to the fish!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

Approximately 26” by 18”


  • 1 yard of fabric (1 or 2 different kinds) (You can buy the MESH here)
  • ribbon or twill tape may be used for the ties (optional)
  • felt scraps for the eye

You Will Also Need:


This pattern originally appeared on our sister site at Sew Modern Bags