Rosery Apparel

DIY Tote Bag


Today I'm sharing a quick and easy tote bag DIY, made from an old pillowcase. This is a good beginners sewing project and a great way to upcycle an object that you don't use into something super useful!

What you'll need:

  • An old pillowcase (find an old one in your linen cupboard, or you can pick up pretty vintage pillowcases from an op-shop for around $0.50)
  • A pair of scissors
  • A tape measure (or a ruler will do)
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine (a machine is best, but this project can also be done with just a plain old needle and thread)

Step 1: Lay the pillowcase flat on a table and measure approx. 45cm-55cm (depending on how big your pillowcase is) from the unopened end. Draw a line 50cm-55cm across with a fabric marker. Next, measure two equal pieces with the remaining fabric (approx. 10cm). Cut along the measured lines as shown above.  

Step 2: Take the two 10cm pieces and unpick one of the sides to make them both doubled in length. Fold the raw edges into the centre, then fold over once more and stitch together to make two straps. 

Step 3: Take the other piece of the pillowcase and turn it inside out. Fold the raw edge over twice to make a hem. Pin the straps underneath the fold at the same place on both sides.  

Step 4: Stitch the hem and straps in place. then stitch along the top of the hem for extra support. If you are planning to use the tote bag as a library bag or grocery bag, then it would also be a good idea to reinforce the straps by adding extra stitching to where the straps join to the bag body, just to ensure they are strongly attached. 

This super easy project will only take you about 30 mins to complete, and is the perfect project to make if you are just starting to learn how to sew. It could even make a very nice DIY christmas present for someone. Happy sewing! x