From Pillow Cover to Modern Ampersand Handbag


It feels like summer here in Seattle, and I was inspired to design a light weight handbag with supplies from a Darby Smart Kit I had not used yet. The kit came with all the supplies to make two lovely custom pillow covers. I thought to myself how cool would it be to have “ampersand” pillows in the living room. However, time was tight, and since I did not have any pillows to cover, I decided to improvise and design a handbag from cotton pillow covers! Please take a look at more photos and tutorial below.



  1. Get the pillow covers ready to go, choose a mask, (this will be a custom design for your handbag).
  2. My mask was an ampersand sticker. Peel off sticker and stick it to the pillow cover.
  3. Make sure the mask lays out very flat.
  4. Spray the pillow cover with dye (my kit had black Sei Tumble dye). Wait around 30 minutes for the dye to dry completely.
  5. Peel off the mask
  6. Admire your creation! Either iron the pillow cover on high, to set the dye or place the cover in the dryer on medium heat for five minutes.
  7. Customize further your creation! I decided to add a few leather circles and used an EK tools circle cutter.
  8. Choose any other embellishments for your handbag.

Handbag handle instructions:


My diy decorative pillows kit* came with everything I needed to make pillow covers. So if you order this kit, you should have all the materials to make a handbag : ) What do you think? The possibilities are endless!


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*This is NOT a sponsored post. I am a darby designer and enjoy their products very much ;) Crafting and blogging can be quite the addiction…

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    • 2014/05/02 / 1:57 pm

      HI Kristen,
      Thank you for stopping by! Yes, I love simple and easy to do crafts ;) cheers!

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