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.
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- Old dress or blouse (a full skirt or a long tunic can fit a 11”w x 22” l kidney pillow)
- Sewing scissors
- Sewing machine
- Hook fasteners or closures
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- On your sewing machine or manually with needle and thread, hem your flap and the portion it will fold over onto.
- Sew on two fasteners or closures onto your flap. Insert your kidney pillow.
- 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.
Display your new pieces at home.