Quit spending big bucks on an accessory. Instead, use this tutorial to sew a Spacious Pillowcase Purse with the materials you already have. From this detailed tutorial, you’ll learn how you can upcycle an old pillow case into a fashionable bag.
General Sewing Supplies
Pillowcase – Thrift Store Pillowcase Recommended
Interfacing for Liner – Optional use a Lightweight One
Material for Straps – this tutorial uses a basic crochet trim to match
1. Start by cutting the sides off the pillow case. If you want a larger bag only cut off a little. Just cut the pillowcase down to the size you want.
2. Similarly, cut the pillowcase to the length you want. Here the pillowcase is cut in half. This tutorial doesn’t use the other half but you may decide to use it in the next step.
3. Iron your interfacing to the wrong sides of both the front and back pieces. The one in this tutorial feels just like a lightweight woven cotton so it works perfectly for the lining in this project. If you want you can use the other half of your pillowcase for the lining.
4. Center your pieces on a cutting board, or use a ruler, and place the right sides together.
5. This part doesn’t have to be exact, so don’t worry! Just add a few pleats to round out the bottom of the bag. You can start at one end on the bottom of the bag, an inch from the side, making a ¼ inch pleat. Then add two more pleats an inch apart as shown, and repeat on the other side. Flip them over and repeat the process on the back piece.
6. With the right sides still on the inside, pin the two pieces together at the corners and then again about three inches up from the bottom on both sides. This will act as a guide when sewing the seam there.
7. Starting at the top of one side with a straight stitch, sew with a ½ inch seam down to the pin that is three inches from the bottom. At this point start curving toward the first pleat, so that when you reach the third pleat you will be back to your ½ inch seam allowance. Then just keep sewing along the bottom until you reach the third pleat on the other side. Start curving toward the pin, then all the way to the top of that side. Make sure you are back stitching!
8. Your corners should look like this. Just a little curve.
9. Then you will want to cut off the corners.
10. Sew a zigzag stitch along the entire seam, enclosing the raw edge. Turn it inside out…you’re almost done!
11. You now need to add the handles. Tuck them into the inside and include them with the top stitching you did around the top of the bag, which ensures the interfacing stays put. At the points where the straps are sewn to the bag make sure to do a couple rows of stitching for stability, just on the strap.
12. Here there is just one large strap for across the body bag, with the length coming in at 45 inches, but you could do two straps for a shoulder bag if that is what you prefer.