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From Pillowcase to Shopping Tote

Filed Under: Crafts, Storage & Organization

Get ready for farmer's market, beach and picnic trips with a shopping tote that's just right for the fun season. And you don't even need to go to the fabric store to make one, thanks to this easy project by the lovely blogger Elizabeth Abernathy.

Even if you're not the best at sewing, this retro-inspired shopping tote can be yours in about an hour (give or take). The secret: Using a pillowcase. It already has all the seams you'll need, sewn right in place. For the cutest prints, search thrift stores for vintage pillowcases. (The linen section is often the most treasure-packed place of the thrift store, by the way.)

The main part of the shopping tote is shaped by folding up the pillow's corners and fastening them with buttons. Then, handles made from scrap fabric are added. What I especially liked was that Elizabeth used bits of rope to stabilize the handles. (Check it out, above.) This is a really useful trick if you hate when straps dig into your hands or shoulder as you carry a bag.

For more ways to repurpose a pillowcase beyond a shopping tote, check out...
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  • sarah

    Cute Idea!! Will definately be trying it!

  • Pamela

    They look like diapers.

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