- RECYCLE - These tote bags were made from pillowcases.
- HOBBY - Although I am normally free motion sewing in my art practice, I do love to do straight stitching too.
- GOOD CAUSE - These bags were made for a charity that requires the bags they use to be washable.
My process of using a pillow case for a tote bag.
- Fold the top casing of the pillow slip down to the inside about 2" (usually fold the doubled material section in half). Press and sew the edge down.
- Measure down the pillow case 18 1/2 " and cut off the excess pillow case.
- Turn the pillow case inside out and sew across the bottom. Sew the raw edge seam allowance with a zigzag stitch.
- Fold the bottom corners into a triangle shape and mark a line of 6" to form a boxed bottom and sew across this line.
- At the top, on the inside still, measure 3 1/2" in from the edge and place a mark there. Repeat in from the other edge and repeat on the opposite side.
- Handles: From the left over pillow slip material cut off two 4" strips. Open up the one end and measure a 26" length. Cut.
- Fold the strip in half lengthwise with the right side in. Press. Sew down the length. Repeat with the other 4" X 26" length of fabric.
- Turn tubes inside out. Press.
- Zigzag the 4 raw edges at the ends of the handles.
- Place the handles on the inside of your marks, on the top edge of the bag. Place them about 1 1/4" down. Pin and sew in an X pattern to secure. One handle goes on one side of the bag and repeat. Be sure to check you don't twist the handles before pinning.
- Turn your bag to the outside and you are done.