Easy homemade drawstring bag
I’ve discovered a way to reuse pillowcases and I confess, when I came up with the idea I felt like I’d come up with the theory of relativity.
It all came about because we were lucky enough to find a spot for Mr 3 year old at the local preschool and I’m really excited that we will be able to walk there. Although, it will take a bit of convincing that rain boots are not actually the best shoes to walk long distance in…
Where was I? Ah, the preschool list. At the tippy top was Large drawstring bag. We were not the proud owners of such a thing and I was thinking it can’t be hard to make, if I had a sewing machine, but I don’t. Meanwhile, folding the washing, it struck me that I could use an old pillowcase.
I’ve had this large square pillowcase rattling around for ages, because I bought it on sale and didn’t check it was the right size for my pillows – doh! The only problem was it was white. White and my son do not go together well, so I threw it in my dyeing-with-tea-leaves-experiment pot and it came out a lovely softer off white. And since I had discovered decorating things like this is not as hard as I had thought when making these appliqued baby suits. I couldn’t help having a go and decided an elephant was a good friend for a boy to have at school.
I’ll be doing a post on dyeing with tea and coffee in March, so stay tuned!
All you really need is:
An old pillowcase
Shoe laces or about an arm’s length of cord
Needle, thread and scissors
If you want to get fancy:
Some old denim or other fabric off cut. I do need to warn you that I chose denim because I want it to fray a bit, so the elephant will have a bit of wild and wooly look after he’s been washed.
Stencil printable at the end of the post – my very first printable, people!!
Tailors’ chalk or ahem, a permanent marker, if your 3 year old has run off with the chalk and can’t ‘member where he put it!
A cute button
1. Roll the open edge of the pillowcase inside itself about an inch and a half. Slide the cord into the crease before pinning (apologies for the switch away from the red shoelaces. It’s just that I found the chunky calico cord I was looking for by this point). This will save threading it later. Sew along the pin line, with a good strong thread.
Essentially, you are now the proud owner of a drawstring bag, but if you’re like me and have fallen in love with elephants, please continue…
2. Trace around the elephant and cut out, including the ear, if you would like a cute floppy ear.
4. Leave the ear flap loose, but it’s worth stitching the edge of the ear so it frays in a controlled way. Sew the ear ‘surround’ and ‘crease’ to the bag to keep the elephant nice and snug. Sew on the button.
Looking at it now, a tail could be cute too…
5. Pack and send off with small child to preschool, all the while, marvelling at how fast children grow. Once upon a time he weighed less than a kilo and I could hold my little prem baby in a single hand.
I am definitely going to do this for Santa sacks at Christmas time.