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Just Breathe – how to turn a pillow cover into a bag

Hey there! It’s Kimberly here with you and today I’m really excited to share with you a bag I made from a pillow cover.
I love the canvas pillow cases so much that I had to figure out how to make them into a bag. Oh man, I’ve got so many ideas it’s unreal… I’m 100% sure I’ll be sharing another bag soon. After making the first one, there’s nothing stopping me making more bags from the amazing canvas corp pillow cases! Oh, before you start thinking that you can’t make this one because you cannot sew… yes I’m a newbie wannabe to sewing and I made it! No excuses! And if you definitely can’t sew, use fabric glue instead. If you ask me though… try to sew yours like I did TRY to dew mine … did you read it right – try lol

Just a quick tip before you start: wash and dry your pillow case before you start as it might shrink a little but if you don’t want to wash yours, that’s okay too… it will save you ironing it lol

Kimberly used the following products to make her bag:
Canvas Corp Canvas Pillow Case 30 x 21
Canvas Corp Canvas Garland
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Red Chilies and Mallard
Tattered Angels Baseboard Mist – Cardboard and  Ivory
7gypsies Architextures™ Parchment Rub-On – Pose
scissors, sewing machine

Fold the pillow case in half and with a pencil, draw the handles – they should be in a shape of a ’rounded L’.
Now cut the ‘L’ out – when you unfold the case, it should be the same shape you see in the third photo above.

To stop the edges from fraying, iron them down to sew or glue. Or you could go for a more rustic look and ruffle the edges by not sewing and pulling some threads out. I wanted mine sewn.
Once the edges are the way you want them, attach the handles together – it’s better to actually sew them together because that will make them more sturdy.
You can also add some of the Canvas fringe to your handles as an embellishment – I did.

Now it’s time to add the design – all you need to do is rub on one of the designs you can find on the Architextures Parchment Rub On sheet. I chose an angel, which I then colored to make it stand out on the bag.

Before painting, I stencilled some designs on the bag. Why? Two reasons: it will add interest (obviously) and the paint will take differently to the patrick with and without the modelling paste (that’s why you can see the design!)
Once the paste is dry, you can spray the bag with Tattered Angels to create shades of colors – it’s up to you how you mix the colours.
The bag is yours so make it look the way YOU like it!

Remember, just have fun! There are no mistakes in mixed media art! No-one will never know unless you tell them.
I hope I inspired you to make your own bag.
Please share your makes on our Facebook Collective as I’d love to see them!

Happy crafting!

– Kimberly –


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'Just Breathe – how to turn a pillow cover into a bag' has 1 comment

  1. March 18, 2018 @ 11:13 am Julia Cotrim

    Ohhhh I love this project! I love how the bag turned out! TFS


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