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.
Supplies for Pillowcase Bag
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
First, cut off the closed end of the pillowcase 1/4″ from the edge.
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.
Cut along the ribbon or line that you marked. You should now have two triangular pieces.
Next cut off the sides of the pillowcase 1/4″ from the edge.
Turn under the raw edges of the diagonal 1/4″, then turn 1/4″ more. Pin to secure.
Sew and repeat for all diagonal edges (4).
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.
Pin along the diagonal where the triangles come together and sew.
Repeat these steps for the remaining triangles.
Pin the two pieces with right sides together. Then sew along the sides and bottom.
Reinforce the “V” where the triangles meet about an inch up for durability.
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.
Enjoy your new bag!
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Turn a standard cotton pillowcase into an adorable (and useful!) bag.
- Cut off the closed end of pillowcase 1/4" from edge.
- Draw a line from a top corner of the pillowcase to the bottom opposite corner. You can also use a ribbon for this step.
- Cut along line or ribbon.
- Cut sides of the pillowcase off 1/4" from the edge.
- Turn raw edges under of the diagonal 1/4", then another 1/4".
- Pin and sew.
- Repeat for all diagonal edges (4).
- With one triangle facing up, lay the opposite piece, right side up, on top. See photo.
- Pin along diagonal where triangles meet.
- Repeat steps 8-10 for remaining triangles.
- Sew the "V" where the tirangles meet 1".
- Turn remaining raw edges under 1/4" and pin.
- Turn right side out.
- Tie top pieces into knots.
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1 thought on “Easy Pillowcase Bag Upcycle”
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.