Easy Pillowcase Bag Upcycle

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

You can never have too many bags. Take this pillowcase bag shopping, to the pool, the library, and more. It’s the perfect size for every occasion, not too big, not too small.

It seems like there is always an extra pillowcase laying around, so why not make it useful? This is an awesome zero waste project that keeps on performing when you need it.

Pillowcase Bag Beginner Sewing Project

Supplies for Pillowcase Bag

Pillowcase Bag Supplies

A cotton pillowcase is the easiest to work with and recommended for beginners. They are available in a myriad of patterns and colors if you don’t have one handy at home.

How to Make a Pillowcase Bag

Pillowcase Bag Step 1

First, cut off the closed end of the pillowcase 1/4″ from the edge.

Pillowcase Bag Step 2

Turn the pillowcase vertically so the top is at the top and the bottom is at the bottom. If you have a yardstick, use it to draw a diagonal line from one top corner of the pillowcase to the opposite, bottom corner.

If you do not have a yardstick, pin one end of your ribbon from one top corner of the pillowcase to the opposite, bottom corner. Insert a few pins to hold the ribbon in place.

Pillowcase Bag Step 3

Cut along the ribbon or line that you marked. You should now have two triangular pieces.

Pillowcase Bag Step 4

Next cut off the sides of the pillowcase 1/4″ from the edge.

Pillowcase Bag Step 5

Turn under the raw edges of the diagonal 1/4″, then turn 1/4″ more. Pin to secure.

Pillowcase Bag Step 6

Sew and repeat for all diagonal edges (4).

Pillowcase Bag Step 7

Take one triangle with the right side facing up, then lay the opposite piece, right side up, on top of the first triangle. See photo above for reference. It is easier to see than explain with text.

Pillowcase Bag Step 8

Pin along the diagonal where the triangles come together and sew.

Pillowcase Bag Step 9

Repeat these steps for the remaining triangles.

Pillowcase Bag Step 11

Pin the two pieces with right sides together. Then sew along the sides and bottom.

Pillowcase Bag Step 12

Reinforce the “V” where the triangles meet about an inch up for durability.

Pillowcase Bag Step 13

Finish the top two pieces, that look like bunny ears, by turning the sides in 1/4″ about 4″ down. Pin and sew.

Turn right side out, and tie the top pieces together in a knot.

Pillowcase Bag 8

Enjoy your new bag!

Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check out some more awesome sewing projects listed below.

Pillowcase Bag

Pillowcase Bag 4

Turn a standard cotton pillowcase into an adorable (and useful!) bag.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5.00


  1. Cut off the closed end of pillowcase 1/4" from edge.
  2. Draw a line from a top corner of the pillowcase to the bottom opposite corner. You can also use a ribbon for this step.
  3. Cut along line or ribbon.
  4. Cut sides of the pillowcase off 1/4" from the edge.
  5. Turn raw edges under of the diagonal 1/4", then another 1/4".
  6. Pin and sew.
  7. Repeat for all diagonal edges (4).
  8. With one triangle facing up, lay the opposite piece, right side up, on top. See photo.Pillowcase Bag Step 7
  9. Pin along diagonal where triangles meet.
  10. Sew.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10 for remaining triangles.
  12. Sew the "V" where the tirangles meet 1".
  13. Turn remaining raw edges under 1/4" and pin.
  14. Sew.
  15. Turn right side out.
  16. Tie top pieces into knots.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

Sharing is caring!

1 thought on “Easy Pillowcase Bag Upcycle”

  1. Although this is an easy project, I found it a bit confusing because you had such extreme closeups at the beginning of the directions. I needed to see a picture further out for layout perspective. I did it OK, but think it would make it easier for another that hasn’t sewn much at all, or has a different learning style.

Leave a Comment

Skip to Instructions