I found this really fun vintage-y pillowcase at Goodwill a few weeks ago. At only $0.99, it had to come home with me!
After scouring the Internet to find out what I could do with it, I stumbled upon this free pattern and tutorial from Martha Stewart for a pillowcase tote bag.
The only problem was, her tutorial was a bit hard to follow and only included two photos. Shame, shame, Martha!
I decided to break it down into smaller steps, so that even the most novice of sewers (I would definitely be included in this category!) could make this super cute bag. :)
An old pillowcase (Check our your local thrift shops, you're sure to find some great ones!)
Rotary Cutter and Mat (or Scissors)
(You'll see why those last two things are needed in a moment... atleast in my case! Ha ha!)
Using your rotary cutter (or scissors if you don't have one) cut off approximately 1/4 inch off the bottom, sewn part of your pillowcase.
Using your rotary cutter again, cut your pillowcase in half at a diagonal. Don't worry if it's not perfect. ;)
Open up your pillow case halves so that they look like a large triangle. Flip them over so the underside is showing. Roll each side by 1/4 of an inch two times, then pin. Sew together. Do the same with the second half of the case. (ONLY DO THIS STEP IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE A SEWING MACHINE!)
Now, at this point, any novice sewer should be feeling pretty darn proud of themselves. Except for me.
You see, my sewing machine is the devil and it hates me. This is what happened when I sewed my seams... Yea, complete disaster.
I spent over two hours fiddling with my machine with no luck. As frustration was getting the better of me (and naptime was quickly coming to an end!) I was starting to lose my mind a bit. And then it hit me. I knew what I could do to save my project and redeem myself!
Enter God's gift to awful sewers everywhere: Stitch Witchery *cue angels singing*
I was saved! And now, instead of being a sewing tutorial, this is a NO-SEW tutorial! ;)
So, if you are using stitch witch for this project and not a sewing machine, here's what you would do instead of the step above. But, if you do want to sew this bag, just substitute any areas where you would use stitch witch with your sewing machine. It works both ways! :)
Step Four (With Stitch Witch):
Place your stitch witch on the fabric. Next fold your fabric over the stitch witch about 1/2 an inch. Place iron directly on top of fabric and hold in place for 10 seconds. Continue down the fabric until you have created your seam. Flip fabric over and press iron down on seam on reverse side.
Once you've stitch witched (or sewn) each side of each half of your pillowcase, you should have a bit of leftover fabric. Just snip it off so that your fabric meets at a point where you have SW'd the edges.
Open up one half of the pillow case into a triangle. Place the second pillowcase inside of it and fold the other half of the bottom pillowcase over it so that it looks like the picture below. You're literally just placing one half inside of the other.
Now it's time for LOTS of
Now your pillowcase should be looking more like a bag. Well, without a bottom. You will have four loose bottom pieces. Turn the bag inside out (again) and stich witch the top two pieces and the bottom two pieces together so that you're left with two pieces. Then stitch witch the remaining two pieces so that your bag has a bottom. If you're feeling adventurous, you could always hand-sew over your stitch witch to ensure the bottom if secure. But, it's not necessary. This stitch witchery is tough stuff!
|He wanted to model the bag for me! :)|
This would make a fabulous Mother's Day or Teacher Appreciation gift! Be sure to start scouring your local thrift shops for cute vintage pillowcases. You never know what you'll find! :)
I love how my tote bag turned out! It will definitely be my go-to bag for this summer, since it's light, bright and fun!
And I'm really proud of the fact that I actually made it myself. (Even though there were a few bumps along the way!) :)
The best part though? It only cost me $0.99!
Now, that's a deal! :)
Have you found any great deals at the thrift shop lately? Any epic project fails you'd like to share to make me feel better about mine?
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