The Shrewsbury Flower Show wast week was as magnificent as ever. The colours and the smells were truly amazing. It has been said that if you are not sure what colours go together for your quilt, then take a look at nature and see what colours she puts together.
Making the pillow case bag
You can never have too many shopping bags and one of the easiest bags to make is from a pillowcase. Cut across the pillowcase 18″ from the bottom. This will be the bag itself. From the remaining fabric cut four strips 2″ wide.
These will be the straps. At the moment they are loops, so cut all four of the to 26″ lengths. Sew two strips with right sides together to create a tube. Repeat with the other pair of strips. Turn them right side out and press. Sew a line of stitching close to each edge of the strips.
Turn under a double hem at the top of the bag itself, pin and stitch in place. Depending on how much you think you might carry in the bag, it could be worth running a line of stitching across the bottom for extra strength.
Pin the straps to the inside of the bag, one on each side. I usually pin them about 4″ from the side of the bag. Check that the straps aren’t twisted. Sew them in place with a zigzag square – set the machine to full zigzag and stitch length 2. That completes the pillow case bag. Such a simple idea, and so practical!