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Updated October 24, 2022
A Handibag From A Pillowcase
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Learn how to make a tote bag perfect for running errands in just 5 easy steps! Turn a simple pillow case with into a DIY tote bag with this free sewing pattern. Easy-to-make and absolutely lovely, this tote bag pattern is perfect for carrying groceries. The Handibag From A Pillowcase folds up small so you can carry it anywhere. You can even keep this compact little idea inside your everyday purse just in case you make a last-minute grocery store run. That way you will never be caught without your sustainable grocery bags!

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Time to CompleteUnder an hour

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This is a great idea and would never have thought to make a tote out of a pillow case.You know it is one of those things that you stare at every day and it goes right over your head. This tutorial is so easy to follow. I love that it folds small enough to fit in your bag.Great gift for anyone. How many have you made?

I have seen this flap on lots of different shams, but not actual pillow cases. Maybe I'm buying the economy pillow cases! lol I don't see why a sham wouldn't work, though, if it's the flap you need.

I never would have thought you could make a bag out of a pillowcase. Such a genius idea! I love the floral pattern of the pictured bag.

I have so many sheet sets, every once in a while you come across pillowcase with a flap inside. Occ. they have buttons, very rarely zips. No, we are not talking about shams here, just well made pillowcase, that keep the pillow INSIDE, depending on what type of pillow you sleep with some are always escaping the case. I think it's a great idea, and unless you know it's there, it's not usually something visible on the outside.

As for the 'flap' in the pillowcase - seems this is a cultural difference!! Here's a couple of comments from the post might clarify!! The 'flap' isn't the hem of the pillowcase. Its an extra fold of fabric at the opening of the pillowcase that covers the pillow end when you slip it inside the case. We have them here in Australia and also in the UK in our pillowcases, but I'm not sure if the USA is different as someone asked me this before! We don't have any such flaps in what we call pillow cases in the U.S. For my fellow Americans, I believe what they're calling a pillow case here is what we call pillow shams. Hope that helps!!!

Thank you, I was so confused

love all these ideas.

I don't know what flap is inside a pillowcase....

I am also confused about the "flap inside the pillowcase.

after im done my apron im going to try this but i dont fully understand the directions im realy realy a beginner so im going to ask for help on the parts i dont get this will be for my mum for xmas..i need a better pillowcase than what i got mines ugly

Love the idea but am confused about 'flap inside the pillowcase' - what is that?

This is a cool idea! I am always leaving home without my tote bags for the grocery store. With this I'll be able to have them with me all the time! Thank you so much for sharing


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