DIY Reusable Vacuum Cleaner Bags

Disposing of vacuum cleaner bags is wasteful and buying new ones can be expensive. If you have an odd or older vacuum cleaner model, finding replacement bags can be a difficult chore. You can save considerable time, money and waste by sewing your own reusable vacuum bag.

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Sew your own vacuum bag to reduce waste and save money.

Step 1

Measure the dimensions of the vacuum bag's front, back and side panels. Cut four pieces of nylon fabric equal to these dimensions.

Step 2

Sew the edges of the fabric together, using a zigzag stitch to allow the bag to stretch. Leave one end open to allow emptying.

Step 3

Turn the bag inside out to hide the seams.

Step 4

Trace the old vacuum bag's intake hole onto a piece of cardboard. Cut the cardboard out, using a craft knife.

Step 5

Place the intake hole over the nylon vacuum bag. Use the old bag as a guide to determine the exact placement for your specific model.

Step 6

Attach the intake hole to the nylon bag with adhesive hook and loop tape.

Step 7

Slide a piece of cardboard into the nylon bag, underneath the intake hole. Cut an X in the nylon inside the intake hole.

Step 8

Sew a zipper onto the open end of the nylon bag, using a zigzag stitch.

Step 9

Place your homemade bag in the vacuum cleaner and turn on the unit. Keep the vacuum cleaner's panel open to expose the bag. It should inflate. If you feel any air escaping, reinforce the gaps with additional stitching to ensure tight seams.