repurpose pillowcase: no-sew bag

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Last day of Craft Week!

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Here’s the last craft of the week

…No-sew Pillowcase Bags!

These cute bags are made from pillowcases and require not a single stitch!

Some scissors and ribbon are all you need to turn your child’s pillowcases into a cute bag!

Not that I don’t think  you all are capable…because I don’t feel like stitching.


Supplies needed:


1. Lay your pillowcase flat with the open end close to you. Cut the edges about 1inch from the seam (cut through both sides at the same time) half way down the pillowcase.


2. Fold the large cut pieces of fabric over on each side, you want them to be longer than your “bag”. On the overhang cut slits about 1 inch wide. Be sure to cut the same amount on each side, these will be knotted together.
For small children cut fewer, older children can handle more.


3. Knot the two sides together at the bottom.


4. Cut four slits in the fabric at the top of each side of the “bag”. Run the ribbon or cording through these slits.


5. Tie one end, cinch the other end and tie.


6. For the strap simply tie the two seams you cut down the sides together.
To add to these bags appeal you can have your children draw on them with fabric paint, add beads to their knots, braid the straps, and more!




Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Ann

    July 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Good luck with your bathroom reno…I think I’d rather be sewing!

  2. Meeha

    July 7, 2012 at 7:23 am

    You really need to start sewing and stop coming up with these inventive ways to keep me jealous :)

  3. Terri Betz

    July 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Awesomeness! Great fun project! TY!

  4. Jill @ Junky Vagabond

    July 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Very cute idea – especially love the painting idea to further embellish the fabric.

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