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!
Before I show you how I made this super useful project, let me give you a sneak peek of my friends’ white pillowcase projects! You’ll find links to all of these projects and the end of this post!
OK, now I know you’re excited to see how I made this DIY travel laundry bag because laundry is such an interesting topic! 😉 Just kidding. But I promise you’ll love this project; it is so easy and turns out so cute! So let’s get started . . .
Supplies Needed for a DIY Travel Laundry Bag
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- White cotton pillowcase
- Wide ribbon (at least 1.5″ wide)
- Fabric scissors
- Needle and white thread
- Safety pin
- 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
You guys will not believe how easy this project is to make!
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!
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!
If you’re a fan of easy projects like this, I’d love for you to ‘pin’ this post to share!
And I’d also love if you’d click through to visit my friends’ posts and see how they used plain white pillowcases for unique and creative projects!
Can you believe pillowcases are NOT just for sleeping?