Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pillowcase Bag

Have you ever wondered what to do with those pillowcases you have left from unused sheet sets?  Make a bag!!  I found this tutorial at MarthaStewart.com and it was super easy!


I actually used a European sham case so I had to modify the tutorial just a little bit.  The sham was a perfect square so I just trimmed it down a little to make a rectangle.  Oh, and I found this DKNY sham at TJ Maxx that retails for $59.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond but I got it for $3.00 on clearance!

According to Martha, first trim 1/4 inch off the closed edge and cut in half diagonally.  Then, hem the cut edges.  I used a zig-zag stitch in contrasting thread to make it visually appealing.


Then, place one pillowcase half inside the other, lining up the bottom edges.  Pin and sew where the fabric overlaps on the diagonal.  Turn the bag inside out and hem the bottom.  Turn right side out and tie the top in a knot!

This was so fun and easy!  I can't wait to hit up Goodwill and get some more pillowcases!

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31 comments:

Dollface said...

Thats such a cute and creative idea!!! I feel like all of my pillow cases are not that cute to being with though... hahaha xxooo

One Cheap B*tch said...

I can't wait to try this b/c I have a ton of pillowcases that I can use. For some reason, like socks in the dryer, in my house pillowcases seem to lose their mate.

Kaysi said...

Super cute!

The Persimmon Perch said...

It turned out great! Love the flower detail. Was that on the case already? Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Meg said...

That's cute! I think that would make a cute bag for my daughter, too. So easy and I love it!

CourtneyKeb said...

Who'd have known! Thanks for a great idea!!

all thingz related said...

I have seen this pattern on Martha Stewart and then forgot about it! You did great and now I have to make one!
Rebekah {all thingz related}

Bobbie said...

that is so cool!

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Kassi Jane said...

so cute~! i have been wanting to make a pillow case bag for so long!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

That's cool! I hadn't seen that on MS.com before!

Jess @ Just a Blink said...

Nice inspiration for me to learn to sew! One of these day, one of these days. ;)

Nicely done!

LuckyStarErin said...

very cute idea! the pillowcase design works perfect for a purse. Love it!

Denise Marie said...

wonderful project. yours looks really fancy.

Lanie Ree said...

Yay for clearance prices! That looks really good.

Thank you for linking this up to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

JulieChats said...

What a COOL idea! And a bargain too!

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Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

This is super cute... my problem is I never find cute pillowcases at Goodwill. I might have to hit up TJ Max because I love this idea!

Megan said...

That is super cute! I've been saving pillow cases to make dresses for my daughter, and this would be a great way to use the extras. Good job!

fawnda said...

This a super cute! Love it! : )

Jessica Hills said...

That is AWESOME! I am totally going to make one!! Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!

Andrea said...

What a great idea for old pillowcases!
Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love this idea! I have a couple of pillowcases in my linen closet that are going to become bags!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

The Tidy Brown Wren said...

Thanks for sharing this idea! I just bought some adorable pillowcases at the thrift store but wasn't sure what to do with them. Now I know!

Jerri said...

Cute project! Very creative!

Thanks for linking up again for Friday Favorites! Hope to see you again this Friday!

Lori @ The Davidson Den said...

Cute!!

Robin said...

I am SOOO making one of these. As soon as I dig out my machine... sigh.

Thanks for posting.

Marie said...

So cute! I have several pillowcases that could use new "duty" :-)

Heather said...

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Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Cute and simple, sturdy and fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picking Fence.

shopannies said...

love this idea I love the fact that pillow slips are often found at yard sales that are beautiful i think I may make a few of these for my teens who are going away to school

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AmieAnn said...

This is awesome! I can't wait to try this.. looks like good practice with my sewing machine! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!