How-to: Upcycled Pillowcase Top

top sewn from a vintage embroidered pillowcase
top sewn from a vintage embroidered pillowcase

Toddlers wear pillowcase dresses. Big kids (and YOU!) wear pillowcase tops. They’re just as easy to sew, but you get to wear pants with them!

I found the pillowcase that I’m using for this particular project at Goodwill. It comes from a time when people were embroidering charming scenes of swans and reeds onto their pillowcases, so I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s vintage. With some measuring and trimming, a couple of lengths of elastic, and some handmade bias tape, that embroidered pillowcase is now a comfy, cool sleeveless summer top for my kiddo. Here’s how I made it:

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Written by Julie Finn

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, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.

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