Tools & Toys Tuesday: Homemade Lace Pillow Carrying Bag

Lace Pillow Bag

This one’s a little cheeky because I made this myself – but it’s still a tool! I’ve had my lace teacher’s equipment on loan since I started learning, at her insistence, under the theory that it’s better to be sure you actually like a craft before you sink money into it. But I think it’s clear I’m going to stick with it now, so I’ve been gradually buying my own tools and returning hers.

Lace Pillow Bag

One of the main things I needed to get was a carrying bag for my lace pillow, which is both large and relatively heavy. So it has to be sturdy and I was hoping it could be super-pretty too. I looked around online and couldn’t find anything that looked remotely like my style, so I decided to make one myself. With absolutely idea how to do that. I winged it.

Lace Pillow Bag

A lace pillow bag is about 21″ square-ish, and has zippers going up both sides so that the pillow (with lace-in-progress on it, usually) can be taken out and placed in carefully. It can basically be opened completely flat, then zipped up around the pillow. The zippers were quite a challenge and involved some hand-stitching, but I basted every step first and sewed very slowly, and it’s turned out to be the first thing I’ve sewn that doesn’t *look* like I made it myself, you know? Nothing’s a little wonky, the lining isn’t just a wee bit bunchy. And I’m so pleased that my lace can be carried around in such a happy bag from now on!

Lace Pillow Bag

And even better: the lace bags I’ve seen on eBay and the like are going for about £25, but all the materials for mine came from stash, so the only direct cost was about £5 for the zippers. SCORE.

4 Comments on Tools & Toys Tuesday: Homemade Lace Pillow Carrying Bag

  1. Kristin
    June 11, 2013 at 12:06 (5 years ago)

    It’s so pretty! I absolutely love that quirky fabric that you used on the outside.

  2. TerriSue
    June 11, 2013 at 23:00 (5 years ago)

    I have been gathering the materials to teach myself bobbin lace. One thing I am lacking is a pillow. I hadn’t bought one yet because of the expense. Now because of you I’ll make my own plus it will be tote able. Thank you so much for the directions. I truly appreciate this tute.

  3. photosarah
    June 15, 2013 at 18:02 (5 years ago)

    Nice bag! Love the outside fabric and the zipper. I have the same sheet you used for the lining!

  4. Elnora
    June 17, 2013 at 04:50 (5 years ago)

    Great lookin’ bag! Bravo on making one that doesn’t look home made and that suits your style. I like a nice, non-baggy lining, too, so nice job on that as well. It’s really worth the time to baste on some zipper installations, isn’t it???


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