DIY laundry hamper

So, before I get too festive on you I wanted to share some glorious pink flamingo fabric that I was sent by designer Venture de Saboulin, who launched My Little Venture  in 2013.  Venture’s Pink Flamingo design is printed on beautiful quality cotton poplin and would be perfect for any number of sewing projects. I’ve decided to join the current craze for embroidery hoops but I’m going to use it in a slightly different way to normal to make a laundry hamper. This is very easy to make and it’s very useful because it can be hung anywhere and it takes up no floor space. Also, if you can’t sew you can just use a pillow case for this project. Bonus.

You will need:

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12 inch/30cm Embroidery hoop

Two pieces of fabric each measuring 52cm x 83cm

11mm Grommet and tool – I bought mine from John Lewis

Hook for the finished laundry hamper to hang on


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1. Press a 1cm hem at the top of each piece of fabric (the short side). Then fold over and press a hem of 7cm.

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2. Sew the hem.

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3. Pin the two pieces together, hems at the top, right sides together. Sew the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.

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4. Mark the centre point on the inside of the bag in the middle of the hem.

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5. Use the grommet tool to punch out a hole, where you have marked the centre point.

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6. Follow the instructions on the packet to insert the grommet.

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7. Make sure the right side of the grommet is in the inside of the bag, as this will be the side that you can see.

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8. Put the hoop with the screw to one side and pull the other hoop up over your bag so that the hem is folded over the top.

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9. Place the other hoop over the top and fasten the screw. Make sure you line up the screw and the grommet.

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10. Fix a hook in place and you’re done! Do you like my new chalkboard door in the bathroom?!

Thanks again to Venture for the beauteous fabric. Do pop by the My Little Venture site – Venture’s other designs are just as charming as the pink flamingos.

Katy x




  1. Kelly
    3rd December 2013 / 9:36 am

    I LOVE that fabric!

    • katy
      3rd December 2013 / 6:07 pm

      It’s lovely, isn’t it? It would make beautiful bed linen for a child’s room.

  2. Molly
    3rd December 2013 / 9:50 am

    What a great idea – I’ve never seen an embroidery hoop used like that. Also really like the new chalkboard door and black and white floor 🙂

    • katy
      3rd December 2013 / 6:09 pm

      Glad you like the new door! I’ve never used an embroidery hoop before so I’m going to give some other projects a go now 🙂

  3. 5th December 2013 / 5:41 am

    What a great idea and that fabric is super cute! I would love to link to your tute if you didn’t mind.

    • katy
      5th December 2013 / 7:43 am

      Hi Rachel. Glad you like it! Feel free to link up (send me the link to your post too so I can have a look at your blog!). x

  4. 5th December 2013 / 2:20 pm

    What a great idea – I love the flamingo fabric! We definitely need a new laundry basket….hmmmm…. 🙂

    • katy
      6th December 2013 / 7:34 am

      Thanks, Zoe! x

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