DIY Hangable Hamper


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Oftentimes it's quite simple to improve on an old idea.  This DIY Hangable Hamper took me two hours, tops, to design and complete.  It can be constructed from remnant fabrics and old purse handles salvaged from the Goodwill or your mom's closet.  My less-than-tidy husband is thinking of attaching  a hook on the wall in the closet so he can test out his wife's jiffy design.

what you need:

sewing machine

1 yard remnant or new fabric

2 plastic purse handles



something round to use as a curved pattern

what you do:

1. Fold one width of 1 yard of fabric in half, lengthwise.

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2.  Determine how wide you want your hamper to be and cut off excess fabric from the

open ends or "selvage" side of your fabric.

3.  Place your handles at the centerpoint and mark the center with chalk.

4. Using a round shape, chalk two curves on either side of your handle to be cut out.

I used my trusty and versatile wooden spool for my curve pattern.

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5.  Use the same curve, just a smaller segment of it, and chalk lines on the bottom of your fabric to give it curve appeal.  Cut the corners off.

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6.  On the top handle "tab" that is at the center, top of your hamper, chalk another curve and cut it out, giving the tab an inward curve reflecting the curve of the handle. (no picture of available)

7.  Clip that curve to prepare it to be folded over 1/4" and stitched down.

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7.  Starting at bottom of hamper, right next to folded edge, stitch all the way around the bottm and up the side, backstitching to lock stitches in place.

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Cut curves of bottom of hamper.

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8.  Set machine to zigzag stitch and zigzag along both long inward curves of the hamper.  The zigzagging will allow you to simply turn the edge over and stitch without the fabric fraying.  If you have the time, you can turn the fabric over once 1/4", press down, and turn it over again 1/4", press, pin and stitch. Otherwise, fold zigzagged edge over 1/2" and pin and stitch in place.

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These curves are on the bias, so they stretch nicely and lay flat for stitching.

9.  To prepare tab for folding and stitching over handle, using your hands, fold a pleat in the center of the tab, pin in place and stitch down.

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10.  Now wrap tab through handle with tab coming over handle approximately 2".  Pin in place and stitch across tab securing it to hamper. Repeat for the other handle.

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Turn your Hangable Hamper right side out, hang on your doorknob or hook, dump your dirty duds and look stylish carrying your hamper to the laundry.

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Christina Sousa on Jul 29, 2014:

Thank you very much for this tutorial. It's very simple and interesting!

Cliff on Sep 26, 2011:

That's really cool! Here's a little hamper system we devised because of limited space.. it's super easy to make. http://handmakemyday.com/2011/09/26/the-diy-clothes-hamper-shelf/

elseajane on Jul 21, 2010:

Could make out of vinyl or oil cloth for a beach/pool bag.

farmgurl on Jun 16, 2010:

This would make a great "reuseable" grocery bag, too.  And smaller versions of the same thing could all fit inside.  Perfect to keep in the back of your card.  Hmmmm...I think I sense a new project coming on.

ModHomeEcTeacher on May 18, 2009:


I need to do an updated version. Thanks for the reminder.

Carmen on May 17, 2009:

This is a great idea...perfect for kids rooms!!!  It's just what I've been looking for...Thanx!

ModHomeEcTeacher on May 03, 2008:

Thanks for the comment.  It's holds alot.  More like a med-large load.  It's deep and opens up wide.  You can make it up to 27" wide if you use upholstery fabric and fold in half.  Larger if you want to use two lengths of wider fabric.

jrsjewels on May 03, 2008:

This is a fabulous look and the size looks perfect for a small load! Thanks!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Apr 16, 2008:

I knew it would help someone, somehow.  I hate so many things on the floor, even clothes baskets.

sarahlou on Apr 16, 2008:

this is soooooo perfect.  we just got a dog last month and this will help keep things out of his reach 'til they're laundered and no longer of interest to him.  heh.

ModHomeEcTeacher on Apr 16, 2008:

Now you and my husband must be thinking alike.  I used this old fabric I had on a rack in the garage.  It had some weird little white dots (probably some mold or something).  I didn't want to use up a yard of some of my really good stuff, plus it's a remnant which means green, which means good, right?

DIY Maven on Apr 16, 2008:

Why doesn't someone mass-produce laundry bags like these?? It's such a pretty and functional design!!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Apr 15, 2008:

This fabric was some remnant fabric I had from some slipcovers years ago.  Handles are sold at Joann for sure and probably some similar at Michaels.  I got these online from some import company, but I know Joann has some cool round brown tortoise shell handles.  You were the inspiration.

megrockstar on Apr 15, 2008:

I like. Must look for fun fabric. Im assuming I can get the handles at Michaels or wherever

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