Sewing pattern: How to make a pillowcase bag

Today’s Tutorial Tuesday brings you a beginner’s essential. It’s thrifty, it’s quick, and so useful around the home. Roslyn Russell from Sew Delicious has dropped by our blog today to share her tips on making a drawstring bag from a vintage pillowcase…

Meet Ros from Sew Delicious. It’s over to her now to explain how to upcycle a pillowcase…

“I first made one of these when the laundry hamper in my baby daughter’s room broke, so I needed something to keep all those dirty little clothes in while they wait for the next wash.

A drawstring bag was a perfect choice, because it can be hung on the hook on the back of her bedroom door. I had a lovely floral printed vintage pillowcase which was ideal and made this a very quick project, because all the seams were already sewn.”

You will need:

• A pillowcase
• 1 metre of ribbon (I used 1cm wide white grosgrain)
• A seam ripper and other basic sewing supplies

Take your pillowcase and turn it inside out. Use your seam ripper to split one side seam 5cm (2″) from the top. This split creates the opening to thread your ribbon through to make the drawstring.

If your fabric is a bit raggedy on the edge, just fold the edge in and press it down. Stitch it if it continues to misbehave. It will be enclosed in the drawstring casing.

Fold the top of the pillowcase over 2.5cm (1″) and press. Stitch all the way around to create your casing. I used a straight stitch on my sewing machine, but you can also handstitch.

Each side of the pillowcase will look slightly different because one side will have that extra envelope of fabric. Once it is turned right side out, you won’t see that and it makes no different to your casing.

Take your ribbon and use a safety pin to thread it through the casing.

You might find that the bag is a bit too long for your liking. If that’s the case, just turn it back inside out, and stitch across the bottom of the bag at the desired length. Cut off any excess.

As I mentioned earlier, mine will be used as a laundry bag for my daughter, but it can be used for anything! Old pillowcases are often very soft due to being washed so often, which makes them a great choice for a lingerie bag.”

Thanks for sharing that with us, Ros. If you’d like to see more of Ros’ easy makes, visit her blog Sew Delicious where she showcases her latest projects and designs.