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DIY: Pillowcase

Put old clothes into use and turn them into perky pillowcases


Reuse old clothes with beautiful patterns for this project. Choose bold prints, or vibrant hues that’ll really pop on a small pillow. 

Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article ("Dress My Nest”) in the January-February 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

  • Old dress or blouse (a full skirt or a long tunic can fit a 11”w x 22” l kidney pillow)
  • Pins
  • Sewing scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Hook fasteners or closures
Re-do it:
  1. Choose a skirt or blouse that can fit a 11”x22” kidney pillow; get one that has a full skirt, or a flowing form and hem, so you’ll have more fabric to play with.
  2. Cut out the back and front of the blouse/skirt separately; each piece should have an allowance 1 ½” bigger than the pillow on three sides, and 2” bigger on one narrow end.
  3. With fabric in reverse, pin the front and back pieces together. Sew all three sides with a running stitch on a sewing machine. Leave one short end open, forming the “flap.” The “flap” should fold over to the back of your pillowcase.
  4. On your sewing machine or manually with needle and thread, hem your flap and the portion it will fold over onto.
  5. Sew on two fasteners or closures onto your flap. Insert your kidney pillow.
  6. If your clothes have embellishments, you can use them as trimmings for your pillow! Just detach and sew them with a running stitch onto the pillowcase’s ends. 
Finished project:

Display your new pieces at home.


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