When I seen these pillow cases I had to have them! it was during a 50 off sale at Value Village so they were a whopping $2 for both!
Sometimes I know how I will up-cycle things, other times I know in time I will figure it out.
I want to make a skirt out of a vintage bed sheet, but am afraid of my sewing skills!
This time I looked at the cases and knew I could get 2 throw pillows for our games room and a shopping bag out of these for sure, the extra bag I made was an added bonus.
In order to get 2 pillows out of one pillow case I would have to use a solid coloured fabric for the backs, light weight blue canvas fabric from the same sale to the rescue.
The stuffing for the pillows was up-cycled from bed pillows we swapped out in our home, the stuffing in them still great enough for stuffing craft projects, I never toss them, I just give them a wash then pull the stuffing out and keep it in a garbage bag.
I used one pillow case for this big bag and the cuffs from both for the handles, simply by cutting them off then opening them up and ironing them flat, then sewing them into handles.
Then the scraps from both were used to make a smaller bag, the handles were from a small piece of red fabric I had in my stash, just enough for the inside and the handles.
I keep these smaller bags on me at all times, 1 to 2 fit in my messenger bag, my purse is a denim messenger bag from the Gap that I purchased at a yard sale for $5, nearly brand new!
For the shopping bags you can read my tutorial HERE to make your own bags
Remember using up textiles that already exist and giving them new life is the best way to go plastic free, economically and environmentally ( when new textiles are produced it isn’t as environmental as if you use fabric that had another purpose already)
I challenge you to check out the textile sections of thrift stores, not only the fabric section, my favourite is bed sheets and curtains, many found in nearly new condition, and of course it is were I find my vintage bed sheets that have become bags in the past.
“It makes a big difference to recycle. It makes a big difference to use recycled products. It makes a big difference to reuse things, to not use the paper cup – and each time you do, that’s a victory.”
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