Who isn’t about money-saving hacks in the 21st century? Not me! I look for a Moreway 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.
new home ideas. | Using a french curved ruler and sewing chalk make your mark.
just home decor. | I used sewing chalk because the lines are easier to see and to cut over.
diy life hacks. | Steady hand and a sharp scissors!
spa day at home ideas. | Your cut out will look like small cloth shields.
working from home ideas. | Your pillowcase resembles an apron right?
Get your steam iron and straight pins ready for this sewing prep.
Fold small parts over at a time carefully.
You can see I am still at the pressing and straight pin phase.
Near the top of the pillowcase was a bit narrow, but it was faster to press flat.
It feels like the majority of my time was spent ironing.
So I burned my hands doing this.
After that was pressed I put the pockets on the pillowcase where I felt it could be stitched down.