How to Sew a Soap Saver Bag

How to Sew a Soap Saver Bag

By Erin Huffstetler | 02/19/2021 | 2 Comments

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This soap saver bag makes bar soap last longer. Instead of sitting in a soap dish, where it never really dries out, this mesh bag allows your soap to dry quickly. So, you don’t have to deal with that soapy sludge at the bottom of your soap dish, or settle for using a soft bar of soap – all of which adds up to less soap waste.

Just slip a bar of soap into the little drawstring bag; cinch it shut; then, use the soap like you normally would. When you rub the bar in your hands, the mesh bag will improve the lather of the soap. And when you rub it over your body, it’ll gently exfoliate your skin, which means you can finally ditch those bacteria-breeding plastic loofahs. Since these soap saver bags are machine washable, you can wash them as often as you’d like.

Oh, and if you constantly find yourself dropping the soap, this bag will solve that problem, too. Having an extra layer between your hand and the bar is just the thing to make that slippery soap easier to grip.

Just hang the bag from your shower organizer or shower valve when you’re done, and your soap will be dry and ready to go next time.

If you’re working to eliminate plastics from your home, and have made the switch to solid shampoo and conditioner bars, these soap saver bags work well for them, too. Ditto for solid dish soap bars. In fact, the bag can even serve as a built-in dish scrubber.

To eliminate more waste from your home, gather up all those soap slivers that normally go to waste, and stick them in your soap saver bag. This will make them as easy to use as big bars, and is a great way to use up those teeny tiny hotel soaps.

Speaking of hotels, this soap saver bag isn’t just handy at home. Take it with you when you travel, or go on camping trips, so you won’t have to deal with the hassle of transporting wet soap. Or make one as a gift for a college kid, who has to constantly schlep their soap back and forth from the bathroom. These also make a nice addition to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. So, if you’re going to make one, you may as well make a bunch.

When I was developing these, I found commercial soap saver bags to be too small for the big, handmade bars of soap that I prefer, so I sized this one to accommodate bigger bars, and I’m quite pleased with the results.

Ready to make one? Let’s do it!

Closeup of Soap Saver Bag

Soap Saver Bag Sewing Tutorial

What You’ll Need:

  • (2) 5″ x 7-3/4″ pieces of mesh fabric (cotton, polyester, cotton/poly blend or sisal)
  • 24″ drawstring (ribbon or cording)
  • Thread
  • Sewing pins or sewing clips
  • Scissors
  • A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
  • Optional (but nice to have):

    Tip: Mesh has a tendency to try to shift and wiggle when you’re cutting it, so I don’t recommend trying to cut both pieces at once. Normally that’s a time-saver, but I don’t think it is in this case.

    What You Do:

    Mesh for Soap Saver Bag

    Lay the mesh pieces for your soap saver bag out on your work surface.

    Fold Top Edges Down One-Quarter Inch

    Fold the top edges down 1/4.”

    Fold Top Edges Down One Inch

    Then, fold them down another inch, to create the drawstring channel.

    Sew Drawstring Channel Down

    Zig zag stitch along the bottom of the channel to secure it in place.

    Sewing Tip: When you’re working with mesh, use a short stitch length, and stick a piece of scrap paper under your project while you’re sewing, so it doesn’t get stuck on the feed dogs. It’s easy to tear the paper off, when you’re done. To keep the fabric from getting pulled into your machine when you start, hold on to the ends of your thread, until you’ve sewn a few stitches.

    Pin Sides of Soap Saver Bag With Right Sides Facing

    Pin, or clip, the two sides of the soap saver bag together, with right-sides facing.

    Stick a Piece of Paper Under the Bag When You Sew It

    Then, stick a piece of scrap paper under the bag, and sew a 1/2-inch seam around three sides of the bag, starting just below the drawstring channel on one side, and ending just below the drawstring channel on the other side. Since these bags will see heavy use, I recommend double stitching for added strength.

    Tear Paper Off of Soap Saver Bag and Trim Corners

    When you’re done sewing, tear the paper off the bag, and trim the corners.

    Flip Soap Saver Bag Right-Side Out

    Then, flip your soap saver bag right side out …

    Insert Drawstring Through One Side of Soap Saver Bag

    and insert the drawstring. I used a polyester ribbon for my drawstring, but a piece of cording would work just as well. Attach your string to a safety pin, or a bodkin (that’s the green piece of flexible plastic that you see in the photo), and feed it through one of the drawstring channels, until it comes out the other side.

    Insert Drawstring Through Second Side of Soap Saver Bag

    Then, insert it in the other channel, and feed it through, until it comes back out on the side that you started.

    Tie a Knot in the End of the Drawstring

    Even up the two ends of your drawstring. Then, join them with a knot. This will keep your drawstring from pulling out of the bag, and will also give you a handy loop to hang your soap saver bag.

    Tip: If you used ribbon for your drawstring, I recommend burning the ends, or dabbing on a bit of stop fray, to keep the ends from unraveling.

    All done!

    Bar of Soap in Soap Saver Bag

    Slip a bar of soap in your finished soap saver bag. Cinch it shut. Then, go take it for a test drive.

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    Comments

    1. Wonderful idea!! Unfortunately I am all thumbs when it comes to sewing. Would you consider making some for sale in your on-line shop?

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