When you get your bag home the first thing to do is figure out how you’re going to use it and what size pillow you will use. I chose 18 inches for my pillow form because I already had several. Another thing to consider is where the logo is on the bag. I got lucky and decided to fold over some of the bag to hide the logo (I wasn’t sure how much of the bottom of the bag I would need either). I would suggest not buying a bag with a huge logo in the middle of the thing.
So, I just cut off the sides of the bag. Next time I will leave the graybrown piping intact and use that as the sides of my pillow. In this instance I trimmed it all off. I then folded up a piece of the bottom of the bag on each side and pinned it in place. (I love TJM and all that but don’t want their logo on my beauteous pillow!)
Okay, now fold your bag inside out…and line up your edges. Very easily done as it was pre-made for us!
(Love it when it’s simple, don’t you?)
After stitching both sides (you can reinforce the corners if you’re smart – unlike me) trim the seams with your pinking shears and turn the bag carefully to the right way out – if you crinkle the fabric (plastic covered) it can create white webby lines that are not pretty.
Now, you can choose to leave your handles on at this step – in case you go to ballgames, outside events, picnics etc. and want a seat cushion you can carry on your shoulder easily. I think this is a great idea! I chose to trim mine off at this step. Place your cushion inside. Then you will stitch the top together along the pre-sewn seam of the bag. That way your stitching won’t show! Easy peasy!
Now fluff it carefully and trim any excess threads. You have a really cute, waterproof, outdoor pillow for your patio or deck!
Not bad for $1.07! (I purchased my pillow insert at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon for about $4 last year).
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I will be scheming some other fun items to make with those adorably designed shopping bags that are everywhere! Got any ideas for me? And if I missed any steps or you have questions I will answer!
Next time I make this pillow (heading to TJM tomorrow!) I will trim the bag to just the logo and use that edge as my seam. I’ll see if it makes a difference in neatness. This pillow turned out a bit lumpy, but I love it anyway!