DIY Hacks Using Old Pillowcases

Who isn’t about money-saving hacks in the 21st century? Not me! I look for a way to save a buck every chance I get, and if I can make it myself, I don’t buy it in the store. My latest need was a beach bag, since the one I had served me well but just was beyond repair or recycling. Now my usual projects lean heavily on home design decorating and remodeling ideas, so this was unchartered territory for me, but I was willing to put a brave face forward and try my hand at fashion design (business from home ideas). So home design and fashion design are not in anyway the same so I had to do quite a lot of research to make sure I knew what I wanted to mimic and I could improvise with what I already had at home and not embarrass myself. Now if I am good at this might try to make some money with this new found talent (selling products from home ideas), but let me not get ahead of myself and give you my how-to blueprint for turning old pillowcases into beach bags.

Alright, so I got this old pillowcase that I used for a reasonably large pillow that I no longer had, and it was two-toned, so it had some character built into the cloth. I started by folding it in half length-wise and using my Lance french curved ruler and some sewing chalk, I marked a curved line, and I started cutting. Don’t worry about where I am cutting just yet my video will support all of these instructions so rest easy! The pieces that I cut out had the shape of a shield, and these are my beach bag pockets. Using a steam iron and some straight pins I began to create the edging that will be hemmed, pressing out your hem and using the straight pin to keep everything in its place saves small mistakes that could set you back (this technique prevents the cloth from bunching or puckering up and ruining your straight stitch). You will also do this for the pockets as well, just be careful with the steam that comes out from pressing these small folds in such thin materials. Now that we have our hem read, we start our stitching, and this is the quickest part. Your beach bag will at first looks like an apron with no strings with pockets on the front and the back. When you stitch together the two top pieces that will be the part that’s supported by your shoulders. You did it, that was all it took to create an inexpensive beach tote using bed linens, I wanted to put it out there that stay at home moms this could be something that you could sell too (make money at home ideas). Thanks for sticking around, don’t forget to like and share my video!¬†

home ideas. | Fold your pillowcase in half.

Creative home ideas. | Fold your pillowcase in half.

For my creative home ideas segment today, I will show you how to take this ordinary  pillowcase and turn it into a beach bag. Firstly, fold it in half length-wise and smoothen it out a flat surface. 

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new home ideas. | Using a french curved ruler and sewing chalk make your mark.

new home ideas. | Using a french curved ruler and sewing chalk make your mark.

This ruler has made new home ideas really easy to accomplish. Just draw your line away from the ends of the pillowcase like I am doing here.

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just home decor. | I used sewing chalk because the lines are easier to see and to cut over.

just home decor. | I used sewing chalk because the lines are easier to see and to cut over.

Don’t worry if you have to improvise your tools, use whatever you have for this project (just home decor). What matters is that you achieve the same results or better.

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diy life hacks. | Steady hand and a sharp scissors!

diy life hacks. | Steady hand and a sharp scissors!

I never used diy life hacks for a beach tote bag before, but first time for everything! Take your time and cut the curve line that you just drew on the material.

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spa day at home ideas. | Your cut out will look like small cloth shields.

spa day at home ideas. | Your cut out will look like small cloth shields.

I think I could host some ladies here and make each a bag filled with treats (spa day at home ideas). Anyway, you will know if you made the right cut if your pieces look like this.

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working from home ideas. | Your pillowcase resembles an apron right?

working from home ideas. | Your pillowcase resembles an apron right?

You can use this to make some extra money (working from home ideas). After we remove the pieces of cloth, it’s time to move on to the next phase of this project.

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Get your steam iron and straight pins ready for this sewing prep.

Get your steam iron and straight pins ready for this sewing prep.

Every dressmaker I met swears by this technique of pressing the hem and using the straight pins before the straight stitch.

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Fold small parts over at a time carefully.

Fold small parts over at a time carefully.

Don’t try to make one straight hemline all in one shot. This practice takes time to get it right.

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You can see I am still at the pressing and straight pin phase.

You can see I am still at the pressing and straight pin phase.

I am tired, but I am going to keep going and get these lines nice, even and flat before I try to sit at the sewing machine.

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Near the top of the pillowcase was a bit narrow, but it was faster to press flat.

Near the top of the pillowcase was a bit narrow, but it was faster to press flat.

This small section at the top made my heart do flips; I knew I was almost at the end of the pressing process.

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It feels like the majority of my time was spent ironing.

It feels like the majority of my time was spent ironing.

I forgot about the pockets, and I had to go back to press them out for the beach bag. I almost didn’t add them because I was being lazy (laughs)!

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So I burned my hands doing this.

So I burned my hands doing this.

Please, please be extra careful with the edging on smaller pieces of cloth. I burned my hands with steam doing this!

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After that was pressed I put the pockets on the pillowcase where I felt it could be stitched down.

After that was pressed I put the pockets on the pillowcase where I felt it could be stitched down.

I placed one pocket on the front and one pocket at the back of this beach bag because I feel like people should always have more pockets!

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Minor adjustments happening here.

Minor adjustments happening here.

I placed it a bit too low before, and the pockets almost went under the bag, which would have made it utterly useless, hence moving it up a bit more for functionality.

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Yay! I am almost done with the beach bag!

Yay! I am almost done with the beach bag!

I took all of fifteen minutes running this straight stitch on the pressed edges and on the pockets. We have ourselves a darn beautiful (former pillowcase) beach bag tote!

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