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usable shopping bag made from a pillowcase

Something that I have noticed since signing up for one small change is that a number of people are taking this opportunity to give up using plastic shopping bags. I have tried not to use plastic shopping bags for about five years now and have found that a huge supply of bags, that fold up very small and fit in handbag has been invaluable in achieving this end.

Start with your pillowcase, ironed and out flat. I picked up a whole load of vintage pillowcases in a charity (Thrift) shop but I have also bought new ones from IKEA which are cheap enough to cut up and use to make bags.

Lay a ruler side to side across your pillowcase, just below where the flap ends inside (where the fabric is in three layers) and draw a straight line onto the fabric. I used one of my kids felt tips, it really doesn matter what type you use as it will be covered over when you sew the hems.

Use your line to cut across the fabric, you now have the main body ugg sandals of your bag (pillowcase) the top loop which will become the handles.

Carefully cut along of the side of the top loop you have been left with and open out the fabric.

Open out the flap and you should end up with one oblong shape and one square piece. I use the square piece to make the handles and discard the oblong (well not really discard of course it ends up in my scrap bag waiting to be made into something else!) Using your ruler and felt tip, mark the half way point of your square piece and draw a line. Sometimes the flap is very small and you may find that you don have fabric to use, in this case you can use the oblong piece as one handle and cut the square down to the same size to make the other.

Then iron a similar over on the long sides. Do this to both your handles and then fold in half again the length and iron into place. None of the measurements here to be and they change for each bag dependant on how much fabric you find you have. All that matters is that you make the two handles as close to the same as possible (although even that is not too much of a problem as you can adjust it again when attach them to the body of the bag). 1 cm around the open edge. Iron this in place and then fold and iron again (this turns in all the rough edges). We are now ready to start sewing.

Using your machine (or a running stitch if you prefer to hand sew), sew around the top open edge the bag, close to the edge of the ugg sandals tu ugg sandals rn down. You can use a thread that matches your fabric at this point or it can look nice on a plain bag to use a contrast thread for interest.

Finish by reversing your stitch and going back over the beginning of your stitching, then tidy up all your ends.

Stitch along all the open edges on your handles in the same way, on a short edge. You will end up with oblong handles with all the rough edges trapped inside.

Fo ugg sandals r fun at this stage, using a rubber stamp, fabric ink and a scrap of old linen, I make a happy re cycling label, reminding me to re use my bag. This is obviously optional but I thought I would show you as this is a perfect place to personalise your bag further your name, a flower, a contents label the possibilities are endless!

Now the time has come to attach your handles. Position them on your bag by eye, and when you are happy with how they look (and that they are both equal!) pin them in place before sewing.

Using the pattern below, your handles to the bag. The extra stitching gives added strength to this stress point and ensures that your handles don give way.

Your bag is complete! This is the simplest version that I make and it can easily be completed from start to finish in well under an hour. Of course it is possible to make much more sophisticated using the same materials (there are some stunning creations if you search the web) but this is perfectly adequate for the job after all that is all you need. Once started making them I found it hard to stop and two years ago all my friends and family had re usable shopping bags as Christmas gift wrap!

Please tell me if you do make them as I would love to see what individual designs you come up with.

Something that I have noticed since signing up for one small change is that a number of people are taking this opportunity to give up using plastic shopping bags. I have tried not to use plastic shopping bags for about five years now and have found that a huge supply of bags, that fold up very small and fit in handbag has been invaluable in achieving this end.

Start with your pillowcase, ironed and out flat. I picked up a whole load of vintage pillowcases in a charity (Thrift) shop but I have also bought new ones from IKEA which are cheap enough to cut up and use to make bags.

Lay a ruler side to side across your pillowcase, just below where the flap ends inside (where the fabric is in three layers) and draw a straight line onto the fabric. I used one of my kids felt tips, it really doesn matter what type you use as it will be covered over when you sew the hems.

Use your line to cut across the fabric, you now have the main body of your bag (pillowcase) the top loop which will become the handles.

Carefully cut along of the side of the top loop you have been left with and open out the fabric.

Open out the flap and you should end up with one oblong shape and one square piece. I use the square piece to make the handles and discard the oblong (well not really discard of course it ends up in my scrap bag waiting to be made into something else!) Using your ruler and felt tip, mark the half way point of your square piece and draw a line. Sometimes the flap is very small and you may find that you don have fabric to use, in this case you can use the oblong piece as one handle and cut the square down to the same size to make the other.

Then iron a similar over on the long sides. Do this to both your handles and then fold in half again the length and iron into place. None of the measurements here to be and they change for each bag dependant on how much fabric you find you have. All that matters is that you make the two handles as close to the same as possible (although even that is not too much of a problem as you can adjust it again when attach them to the body of the bag). 1 cm around the open edge. Iron this in place and then fold and iron again (this turns in all the rough edges). We are now ready to start sewing.

Using your machine (or a running stitch if you prefer to hand sew), sew around the top open edge the bag, close to the edge of the turn down. You can use a thread that matches your fabric at this point or it can look nice on a plain bag to use a contrast thread for interest.

Finish by reversing your stitch and going back over the beginning of your stitching, then tidy up all your ends.

Stitch along all the open edges on your handles in the same way, on a short edge. You will end up with oblong handles with all the rough edges trapped inside.