Make Your Own Toiletry Bag Out of a Pot Holder & Sandwich Bags

Adriana G
by Adriana G
10 Materials
1 Hour

Welcome! I’m excited to show you this clever DIY on how to make your own toiletry bag! You’ll see how quick and easy it is to make this personal toiletry bag out of a pot holder!

There are so many uses for this DIY toiletry organizer, it can be a first aid kit, beauty survival kit, nail survival kit, or whatever you need it to be! So follow along to see how I make this.

Tools and materials:

  • Pot holder
  • 6 or more ziplock bags
  • Sewing machine
  • Double threaded needle
  • Thread
  • Lace trim - Optional
  • Button
  • Scissors
  • Fabric clips
  • Pins
Pot holders before the DIY

1. Grab your tools

Alright, before we get into the toilet bag sewing tutorial, let’s discuss the materials and tools you’ll need. You can use any pot holder you want; bonus if it comes in a cute print.

Ziplock bags or sandwich bags

As for the ziplock bags, you’ll need about six or more. You can cut the regular sandwich size if you can't find the snack size. Measure approximately 3 inches from the zipper and cut. 

Lace for the embellishment

I’m also going to be a little frilly and add this lovely lace trim because, why not? 

Buttons for the clasp

You can either use a sewing machine or hand sew the ziplock bags to the pot holder- it’s up to you! You’ll also need a button; of course, you can use any style you like!

Folding the pot holder

2. Sew the lace trim

If you’re adding a trim like I am, then do it first. Fold your pot holder and make sure the loop is on the side. Then, stick a pin in the center of the pot holder to know where your center is. 

Pinning the lace trim

Pin the lace trim on one side of the pot holder (this will be the front side). 

Sewing the lace trim

Now, take it to your sewing machine and sew a nice straight stitch on either side. 

Sewing lace trim onto the pot holder

Then, fold the edge in (on either end) on the other side and give it a lovely finishing stitch. 

Placing the ziplock bags

3. Sew the ziplock bags

Lay your ziplock bags on either side of the potholder. Make sure the ends, or open ends if you cut them, are placed in the center. 

Using fabric clips to hold them in place

Place one on each side. 

Now, use fabric clips to hold them in place. Of course, they’ll be moving around a little bit, and I don’t have any solution for this. You’ll just need to adjust them right before you sew them in place. 

Center pin

4. Assemble the DIY toiletry bag

Now that the ziplock bags are in place use your center pin as a guide when sewing. 

Sewing down the center

Sew a straight, zigzag stitch down the center with a stitch length set at three. 

Sewing the button onto the pot holder

5. Sew the button

The last step is sewing the button. You can guesstimate where to place it by pulling the loop over and seeing the best position. The size and style of the button play a role. Ultimately, you want the loop to sit snugly around the button. 

Hand-sewing the button

Take your double-threaded needle and start from the front side of the DIY toiletry bag to hide the double knot under the button. 

Feed the button through the thread and continue sewing until it’s nice and snug. 

DIY toiletry bag

Make your own toiletry bag

Make your own toiletry bag tutorial

Just like that, you made a lovely customized DIY toiletry bag. You can put what you’d like in here! Thank you for watching this DIY on how to make your own toiletry bag.

Comment below which style is your favorite; I’d love to hear your feedback. 

Suggested materials:
  • Pot holder
  • 6 or more ziplock bags
  • Sewing machine
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  • Lst7548117 Lst7548117 on Jan 23, 2024

    Where are the directions for the project?

  • Adriana G Adriana G on Jan 24, 2024

    Scroll all the way to the top of this page and the full YouTube tutorial is there. Just click on it 🤩