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Published on January 10th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Tutorial: How to Sew a Sweet and Simple Pillowcase Skirt

child's skirt sewn from a vintage pillowcaseWhen I was a novice sewer and my girls were just little things, I sewed a lot of pillowcase dresses.

Now that the girls are older, however, and wear those babyhood pillowcase dresses as cute little tops, I’ve discovered that their longer legs mean that I can make good use of a pillowcase in a pretty print by sewing them other articles of clothing, such as the comfiest pajama pants in the universe, or this quick and easy pillowcase skirt.

A pillowcase skirt can be sewn for a slender adult as well as a child. For a summery country look, use a pillowcase printed in a vintage flower pattern. Pillowcases printed in novelty patterns and licensed character prints are also fun, though, so feel free to cut up that Batman pillowcase from your childhood bed while you’re at it.

Here is all that you need to do:

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

3 Responses to Tutorial: How to Sew a Sweet and Simple Pillowcase Skirt

  1. Rachel says:

    That’s so sweet! I love the idea of one in my size for the spring. I still have a bunch of vintage cases from my grandmother too! Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  2. Pumpkinbear says:

    I can totally see this look as one that would look really great on a lot of adults, too–not me, but a lot of other adults. I warn you, though–those vintage linen pillowcases are a little on the thin side, know what I mean? Slips and linings are our friends!

  3. Pingback: 5 Craft Projects Using Vintage Pillowcases | A green living, green parenting blog

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