DIY Sleepover Pillowcase Bag

If you’ve got social kids like I do, sleepovers with friends are a frequent request–and trust me, they would be gone every weekend if I’d let them! To make it easier to keep their things together, I wanted to make something simple for them to take with them that would hold essential sleepover items like a pillow, PJ’s, clothes, and a blanket. That is how the idea for this cute, inexpensive, functional, and easy DIY sleepover pillowcase bag was born.


Just take a pair of old pillowcases, some scrap fabric, and fun embellishments and you are on your way to making a simple sleepover kit that doubles as both a pillow and a bag. You can make this DIY project unmistakably their own by personalizing the bag with their favorite colors, initials and other fun decorations.

 

 

Supplies
  • 2 pillowcases
  • 2 sheets of felt (solid or pattern optional)
  • Additional felt for embellishing pocket flap
  • 2 yards polypropylene webbing for straps
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing pins
  • Hot glue gun and glue
Directions

Step 1: Determine size of felt pocket and flap you’d like to make

Step 2: Trim felt as desired and pin to right side of one pillowcase.

TIP: It’s a little tricky to sew the pocket on since it’s a pillowcase. slowly walk it around as you sew, making sure you don’t sew the case together

Step 3: Attach embellishments with needle and thread or hot glue

Step 4: Put both pillowcases together so finished sides face each other (i.e. openings are the same direction)

Step 5: Pin pillowcases in place

Step 6: sew along 3 sides to create bag:

1. Sew opposite end of pillowcase openings on short side

2. Continue along bottom, stop and reposition to sew flap

3. Sew 2 inner flaps of pillowcase opening together so there are 2 pockets to insert a pillow and blanke

TIP: You are sewing this inside out and will reverse it once you’ve finished sewing so don’t worry about perfect seams.

Step 7: Turn inside out so finished felt pocket is facing outward

Step 8: Position, pin, and then sew both polypropylene webbing straps in desired location at a comfortable shoulder length.

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