Monday, June 28, 2010

Pillowcase Diaper Bag

I found this vintage hand embroidered pillowcase awhile back.  I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it but as soon as Fawnda announced the new ingredient for the iron crafter competition I new exactly what I wanted to do.  I made this gem!  I was thinking of it more as a purse but once I finished it I felt it looked more like a cute diaper bag. Now on with the tutorial.
I used the pillowcase shape to make a pattern for the base of the purse.
1. I cut 2 pieces of the pink fabric 20x 14 in. - Sew right sides together on all sides but leave the top open.  (the top is one of the long sides)
2.  I cut the pillowcase so I could use the embroidered side and the other side for the interior lining of the bag.  I cut the interior lining aprox.  20 in.  and  insert it in the base with wrong sides together.  I then stuck my hand in the purse to make a fold like so.

I folded it to the bottom and pinned in place.  Then I stitched into place.

 Then I stitched the the lining and outside of bag into place so that it would be easier to work with.

3.  Now lets work on the skirt of the bag.  I am using about 8 in. of the end of the pillowcase for this part. I took the trim off the end of the pillowcase because it was all torn up and added some different trim.
4.  Stitch skirt on the bag.  Then you can stitch a gathering stitch or just sew a large zig zag over fishing line for easy gathering.  Now it is ready for the opening and straps of the bag.
5.  For the opening I cut 4- 13x 5in. and had a 1"x 45" strip serged for the strap.
6.  cut the strap in half to make the two handles.
7.   lay the one piece face up and pin the straps into place and place another piece face down.

8.  Stitch the handle side with the right sides are togther.  You will do this for both handles
9.  Then open it up and sew the two pieces together at sides (right sides together). 
10.  Fold with right side out and turn under 1/4in.  on each side and gather bag, pin in place and stitch.

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  1. Yay! That's really lovely and would be a great gift to give for my friend who's going to have a baby soon. Anyway, thanks for sharing this tute to us. =)

  2. I love it and wish I'd had the tute back when my daughter had her baby girl. It is precious and perfect for a tote as well. Hmmmm maybe I'll make one for myself. Thanks for posting a great project. BTW I found you while I was on A girl and a glie gun's site that I subscribe to. Thanks.

  3. very cute. I love the material you found. I can never seem to find quite what I'm looking for.

  4. Very girly pillowcase - I like how you jazzed it up with the zebra print...

  5. This is AWESOME! : )

    I wanted to let you know that you made it in the top 10 Iron Crafters!

  6. That is so awesome, I love it! I'm visiting with MMM, hope you visit me too!

  7. Adorable! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

  8. That is super cute!!! I love all the colors put together and that zebra print, so fun!!

  9. It amazes me what you can do with a pillow case!! This is so stinkin' cute! BRAVO!


  10. What a great idea to make for a Baby Shower gift! Wonderful tutorial!