Sunday, September 1, 2013

Upcycling A Vintage Pillowcase Into A Tote Bag

      When Janine and I were hitting the garage sales last weekend one of the things I bought was a pair of vintage pillowcases, embroidered with pink and blue ladies with lovely pink crocheted edging.  The bad part was that the pair had been stored in a plastic bag and were badly yellowed.  One was much worse than the other for some reason.  (Need I say to NEVER store fabrics or linens in plastic?)  So I soaked them overnight in Oxiclean and then put them through the wash.  One case brightened up nicely, but the other one was still badly yellowed, except for the end with the embroidery.  So, I decided to turn that one into a large tote bag to salvage the good end of it.  I decided to use the yellowed part of it that I cut off as the inner liner.  For the outside body of the bag I selected a tiny blue and pink calico print Aunt Grace fabric.  It is fully lined with mitred bottom corners, a topstitched top edge, reinforced stitching on the handles, and very sturdily made.  Oh, I love it!  Here are some photos of the process. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
      I began it last night, and would have finished it then except for the fact that we had a thunderstorm roll through, which frightened Rosie the cat.  Ever since an extremely intense lightening storm we had early this summer Rosie has had panic attacks every time she hears thunder.  She runs around the house crying pitifully and trembling and doesn't know where to go to escape the loud thunder and the tremors she feels in the house.  So I have to catch her and hold her in a blanket until the storm goes away.  Now that will put a crink in your sewing plans anytime.  Afterwards she is fine.  We are expecting a large storm to go through again tonight--oh, boy.  Maybe she need kitty tranquilizers? Maybe I should just put her in this bag to hide?
        It is really a LARGE bag.  It would be good for a laundry bag or a PJ/overnight bag or just as a shopping tote for the Farmer's Market, as it measures about 21" x 20" x 5"--the size of a pillowcase with the top eight inches cut off.  I think I will put it up for auction on my Ebay store.  You can see it HERE.  Wish me luck-- I would like to at least earn back what I spent on making it!  

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful bag! Do you ever keep any? I love the one I won with the calendar bears....beyond the beautiful stitches (embroidery or crochet) they are all made so well...why don't you market your bags? Poor Callie..she needs her very own safety bag!

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  2. Thanks, Dianne. Yes, I have kept way too many! I'm glad you love your bag. I wish I could spend all my time just making things to sell, but I have never found it to be profitable since there is so much time and cost of supplies involved. I have never had luck with Etsy, as I have no time to spend on marketing myself. So I end up putting my things on Ebay now and then, even though they sell so cheaply there.

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  3. I love this southern belle bag! Hey, check out my blog today....I tried your recipe.

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    1. I see you made the sausage corn chowder. So glad you and hubby like it! Love your new fabrics and can't wait to see what you make with them. :-)

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  4. My dog gets Xanex during storms...does wonders.

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    1. Mmmm. I wonder how much Xanex a little cat can tolerate? And I wonder how do I get the Xanex INTO the cat? Will give that some thought! Thamks for the tip!

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