How to Turn a Pillowcase Into a Drawstring Backpack

How to turn a pillowcase into a DIY backpack

I love that small backpacks are making a comeback. I'm definitely a backpack girl. I like to have my hands free and my stuff secure, so a backpack is the ideal bag. And tiny backpacks are perfect for those quick trips to the store, last-minute drinks, or biking adventures. Drawstring backpacks are particularly easy to make, and today I'm going to show you how to turn a pillowcase into a DIY backpack (with hidden pocket!).              

Pillowcase bag

Technically I'm using a pillow sham to make this DIY backpack, but this method would work with a regular pillowcase, too. Continue Reading

Why and How I Never Check Luggage, Even for International Trips

In the last five years or so, I've been fortunate to go on several international trips. Even though it would be free to check a bag on those flights, I never do, and it has saved me so much time and trouble that I can't imagine doing it any other way. If you're doing any air travel, internationally or not, I'm here to tell you why and how you should avoid checking luggage.           Continue Reading

The Three Easiest Ways to Make a Simple Market Tote Bag

Three Ways to Make an Upcycled Market Bag

I’m a sucker for a farmer’s market or swap meet, and I’ve become very aware of bringing my own bags since California passed a law requiring you to pay for plastic bags at grocery stores. To use the materials I already had, I found three super simple ways to make an upcycled market bag: use stuff I already have! This transforms standard items into something practical using minimal cuts and sewing.  

I’ll share how to turn a regular t-shirt, bedroom pillowcase and bath towel into useful bags for farmer’s markets, groceries or just about anything else. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Stylish All-Purpose DIY Leather Bag

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Whether you’re a re-usable grocery bag kind of person, a fashionista, or someone who likes a bit of style with their functionality, this DIY leather bag project is for you!    

All you need to make this project from Ivania Carpio of Love Aesthetics is the following:

  • two pieces of leather (roughly however big you want your bag to be)
  • pen or pencil to mark with
  • ruler
  • craft knife/Xacto knife
  • sewing machine

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How to: Turn a Tee into a Grocery Bag

Reusable grocery bags are a must, but a grocery bag made out of an old t-shirt is, well, a slice of re-use heaven. I particularly like the airy quality of this bag, which, seriously, does NOT look like it began its life as a t-shirt.     Between the Lines tells us we’ll need the following to make one for ourselves:

  • an old T-shirt
  • scissors
  • matching thread
  • a button
  • a piece of ribbon
  • a sewing machine

To see the entire tute, follow this link to Between the Lines. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Paper Winebag.


Perfectly thoughtful gifts require perfectly thoughtful wrappings. And less-than-sublimely personalized gifts DEMAND thoughtful wrappings. A bottle of wine is always a neutral choice (only the decision between red or white), and to present it?

This custom cardstock “winebag” which you can print and cut on demand. The design makes clever use of ribbon and grommets, and presents a variability so it’ll never get old.



Recycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag.

Like or not, it’s the end of August, and with the season comes all sorts of options for  DIY Back-To-School fantasticness.


This Recycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag is a great project to do with back-to-schoolers, or just as a good luck present. It can teach them about recycling and reuse, provide a great introduction to sewing, and provides for a pop art lunch toter that beats the pants off of wasteful brown paper sacks.


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