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I'm a pattern designer from Boise Idaho and I love designing little useful objects out of my out-of-control fabric stash! If you love sewing stuffed animals, bags and purses, and little useful gift ...

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Pleated Tote From Two PIllowcases

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Pleated Tote From Two PIllowcases
Pleated Tote From Two PIllowcases tote made from pillowcases
Pleated Tote From Two PIllowcases craft fair bestsellers!
Pleated Tote From Two PIllowcases pleated tote

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • machine sew straight lines

Pattern Description:

This light and breezy tote bag is made from two pillowcases. That is the only fabric required to make it! Eco-friendly craft! Repurpose, Upcycle!

This pattern will give you step-by-step instructions for recreating this beautiful and functional handbag, PLUS a bonus tutorial and templates (choose from a lotus flower, a hummingbird, a bird on a branch, a star, a tree, and a maple leaf) for adding beautiful stenciled designs to your bag!

Make one for yourself, and once you see how easy it is, you'll be making more for all of your friends.

Since pillowcases are so easy to find inexpensively at thrift stores, you'll be able to afford to go crazy picking out lots of colors and combinations for your bags. Not only are pillowcases an economical fabric choice, but for making bags they already have the structure you need, and save you several steps!

Once you see how much everybody loves these bags, you'll want to make them to sell. Good news! The purchase of this pattern also includes the license to sell the bags at craft fairs and in your online/Etsy shop. Just make sure to credit the design as being created by Hen and Chick on your labels and descriptions.

Let's get started!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 16" x 18" (16" x 32" with strap)


  • 2 Standard-size Pillowcases (one in a solid colored, one in a coordinating print_
  • sewing machine
  • sewing scissors
  • pins
  • thread
  • iron
  • Optional: freezer paper, fabric paint, sponge brush, craft knife, scrap cardboard