I’m pretty excited about this project.
I stared at the fabric for days willing it to tell me what I should do with it. In the end, my inspiration came from the past. How about something mixing fabrics I wondered. What about making a very rustic looking pillow from grainsack material with a frilly, soft ruffle? How about if the pillow as reversible? Yes!
After I made the reversible pillow I decided it would be even more awesome if it were a tote bag. So I kept at it, and made it into a bag. Come on, I’ll show you how I did it.
I am going to show you how I made the pillow first. If that is what you want, then stop when you have the pillow done. If you want to make the tote bag, then you can continue to the end.
I have never made a reversible pillow before, so I was just making it up as I went along.
I started with this.
1 20×14 pillow (not needed if you make the tote bag)
1 piece Sweet Tea fabric 28″x24″
1 piece of grainsack fabric 28″x24″
Two pieces of fabric cut the width of the fabric x7″
Sew two long pieces together. Then fold over with wrong sides together. Press.
I highly recommend you use a ruffler to make the ruffle. It looks complicated, but boy does it make short work of a ruffle.
Here’s my ruffle.
Take the Sweet Tea fabric and fold it over right sides together so that the folded size is 14″x24″. Sew the long side and one short side. Then sew the ruffle on the end with right sides together. As you finish try to put one end of the ruffle inside the other end and sew them closed. It’s hard to explain without a video.
Take grainsack fabric and fold it over right sides together so that the folded size is 14″x24″. Sew the long side and one short side. Now you should have two bags, one grainsack bag and one Sweet tea bag with a ruffle.
Now turn the grainsack bag so it is right side out, and make sure the Sweet tea bag is wrong side out. Slide the Sweet Tea bag inside the grainsack bag. Make sure the ruffle is sitting outside the bag.
Try to line up the two bags as much as possible. Sew as close to the edge as possible, all the way around.
Once you finish sewing, you are done with your pillow cover. You can use it with the grainsack out, or the Sweet Tea fabric out. Simply insert a pillow form and you are done.
Now if you want to have the tote bag instead, keep going. If you decide to make the tote bag, I don’t think you can use it as a pillowcase also. So decide which one you want.
Make sure the Sweet Tea fabric is on the outside and turn down the sides about 7″ plus the ruffle. Cut a strip of grainsack fabric to work as the strap. I had two pieces so I sewed them together. Then fold the strap fold long ways and press. You are going to use a zig zag stitch on the strap edges so it does not fray.
Sew all along the top edge of the bag so it will stay folded down.
All that is left to do it to attach the straps. Stick them down inside the bag and sew them in place. You now have a tote bag. I had to lift up the folded down part when I sewed on the strap. If you don’t, the fabric will be too thick to sew through.
And now you have a lined Sweet Tea/Grainsack ruffled tote bag.
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says
What a cute tote bag! You did a wonderful job! I so wish I could sew, but I have never mastered that skill. I love the combination of the blue and white floral fabric with the grain sack. I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
Wow, Anita! You are one amazing seamstress! I love the pillow and the tote bag. I have a thing for “bags”. Just can’t have enough! And I love love love the grainsack with KariAnne’s fabric!
I think the reversible pillow idea is wonderful!
I love your tote bag and your pillow. Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us. Hugs
Thanks Sandi, it was a fun project.
Yolanda Bass says
I love how the blue fabric plays off the burlap. I would have not have not thought to use these two together. Also, can you tell where you found the adorable bluebird pillow on the rocker. I wanted to add my email but I’m not sure I succeeded. Thank you.
Yolanda, I bought that 20 years ago. I don’t remember.
Now I have an idea for the new throw pillows I need for my couch! Thanx!
Marilyn Soto says
Great idea. My husband’s office is upstairs and I rarely go up there (our master is on the main level) but I routinely leave mail on the steps for him. A cute tote bag hanging on the hand rail is a perfect place to leave the mail.
Pat Phipps says
I love your blog! Thanks for all the cute ideas. Can’t wait to begin fall decorating! Happy fall???
Grandmas House DIY says
I absolutely love this! At some point I need to get myself a sewing machine! We would also love to have you at the Wednesday “To Grandma’s House We Go” link party!
I think your cushions are especially beautiful. They are cute yet classy elegant.
Shirley Wood says
It turned out really pretty. I need to get back to my sewing room! So glad you share with us at Merry Monday.
Erin - Suburban Simplicity says
What a cute project! Love those little ruffles! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays! See you tomorrow!
Dianne Lanier says
I love the bag. Thanks for sharing!
Barbara Harilaou says
Anita both projects are absolutely beautiful. But i must say I am a pillow lover so thank you for the easy reversable pillow tutorial. Have a great day.