It’s the second Wednesday of the month so it’s time for another Monthly DIY Challenge where some of my best blogger buds and I team up to create projects based on a common item or theme! In the past we’ve tackled supplies like 1×2 lumber and felt, and this month we’re all creating projects that use white pillowcases! I used a white pillowcase to create an adorable DIY Travel Laundry Bag – the perfect solution for keeping those dirty clothes organized in your suitcase while traveling!
Supplies Needed for a DIY Travel Laundry Bag
White cotton pillowcase
Wide ribbon (at least 1.5″ wide)
Needle and white thread
Optional: pinking shears
Optional: Silhouette machine and heat transfer vinyl OR inkjet printable iron on transfer sheets
How to Make a DIY Travel Laundry Bag
Begin by unfolding your pillowcase and making two small vertical cuts in the top layer of the fabric and on either side of the seam, near the top of the pillowcase.
Next, use the needle and thread to sew along the inner edges of the cuts. You are doing this to prevent the fabric from fraying – not to sew the pieces back together.
Next, cut a piece of ribbon to a length long enough to wrap around the top of the pillowcase, with a little extra. Then pin a safety pin through the end of the piece of ribbon.
Guide the ribbon into one of the holes in the pillowcase, safety pin side first, and bring it all the way through the other side and out of the other hole. (NOTE: if the seam on the other side of the pillowcase is sewn shut and you cannot thread the ribbon through, use the fabric scissors to make a small cut in the outer layer of fabric at the seam and then loosen the inner seam so that you can thread the ribbon through. After you’ve gotten the ribbon all the way through you can sew that little hole.)
And that is really all you have to do to turn a pillowcase into a laundry bag! But if you want to make your travel laundry bag even cuter, consider adding a design or pattern to the front of it. I found this cute design for my Silhouette Portrait (the most basic of all the electronic cutting machines, but it works like a charm!), and cut it out onto some purple heat transfer vinyl. Then I ironed it onto the front of my laundry bag (this is really the only time I use the iron, friends), and that was it!
If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, you could easily add a design with inkjet iron on transfers or iron on letters! Or grab a stencil and paint a design!
I honestly am so glad to have this bag! I usually forget to pack any type of dirty clothes bag and end up using a trash bag or grocery bag for my yucky clothes. This is so much cuter!
And I just love that most of the sewing is done for you, thanks to the use of the pillowcase! No need to get out that sewing machine!