DIY Simple & Quick Seat Sacks

Last day of my Simple Sewing Series and I am so excited to share these lifesavers in my life…DIY Simple & Quick Seat Sacks!

Easy & Simple Seat Sacks made from Pillowcases

I don’t know about you, but I get sick and tired of piles. Piles of dishes, piles of laundry and piles of kids ‘stuff’. My daughter is notorious for dragging all of her art supplies out of her room and bringing them downstairs to the kitchen. I don’t mind her sitting at our bar to draw, color or even do her homework. But somehow I find her or her brother’s ‘stuff’ all over.

Counter Art Mess Art Supplies Strewn About

I give up. It doesn’t matter what cute containers or adorable bins I buy for their rooms…their ‘junk’ never seems to make it to that final destination. This especially bothers me when people get ready to come over and I am scrambling to find a quick spot to stuff their precious possessions. And I can’t even think about throwing it away, but don’t leak it to them that I often do! Time for a quick solution to this problem. Pinterest to the rescue! I found these adorable seat sacks from Scissors and Spatulas.


The only trouble with these sacks is that the tutorial is to sew the entire sack and while they are adorable, I have about 20-30 minutes to complete a project before I quit and it gets put into another ‘pile’!  Time Saving Solution: Pillowcases turned Seat Sacks!


Pillowcases (I purchased mine at Wal-Mart and they were like 2 for $3.88)


Sewing Machine & Matching Thread

Pillowcase Chair Bag supplies Step 1: I folded the large seamed hem INTO the inside of the pillowcase and out again and then pinned it. I did this to shorten my bags and also make the ‘base’ of where my ties were going to be a little thicker and sturdier.

Seat Sacks from Pillowcases Step 2 Pin

Step 2: I did a zig-zag stitch all around to secure it.

Seat Sacks from Pillowcases Step 3 Sew Line

Step 3: I took ribbon and did a quick measure and cut into 4 equal pieces. I then pinned my ribbon onto the inside of my bags and stitched the ribbon on securely.

Seat Sacks with ribbon ties Pillowcase Bags 009

Seriously this took around 20 – 30 minutes for both of the sacks! And some of that time was spent snapping pictures along the way. You can be assured that as soon as I finished,  I tied the bags onto our bar stools and swiped the art supplies off the counter and filled their bags. Out of sight=happy Mama!

Easy Seat Sacks

I hope this tutorial helps to save your sanity, like it has mine! Just imagine the possibilities…homework, coloring books, crayons, glue, markers, art projects or even small toys. Out of sight and yet accessible to little hands.

Simple & Quick Seat Sack

Easy Seat Sacks made from Pillowcases


Looking for more Simple Sewing Projects? Check out this adorable Library Card Pocket Tote or this 10 minute Skirt!

Simple & Quick Seat Sacks from Pillowcases