How to create a trendy shirt out of a pillowcase


Using a pillowcase to make a trendy shirt is an inexpensive way to add something unique to your wardrobe. A trendy pillowcase shirt is a fashion-forward statement for women and children alike. They go with casual denim jeans or a bohemian skirt, on its own or with a cardigan. This makes it a versatile addition to a wardrobe. Use different patterned pillowcases for a whole new summer wardrobe.

Things You'll Need

  • Pillowcase
  • Should straps
  • Matching thread
  • Needle
  • Tape measure
  • Iron
  • Flat surface
  • Find a pillowcase that can fit around the largest area of your body, which is usually your bust. Do this by taking a fabric tape measure and measuring around your bust, then measure the width of the pillow case. Measure one side of the pillow case and multiply by two; that number should be at least 3 inches more than your bust.

  • Iron the pillow case so it lies perfectly flat at the seams and place the pillow case vertically on a hard, flat surface. The open part of the pillow case should be facing you.

  • Cut armholes on the top of the pillow case by cutting "J" shapes on either end. The arm holes should be between 6 to 10 inches long, and 5 inches to 7 inches deep, depending on how big you are.

  • Cut the remaining top closed portion of the pillowcase. To give you more of the pillowcase to work with, simply undo the seams.

  • Fold one side of the top of the pillowcase inward about 1 1/2 inches. Sew it down, leaving a hole big enough to work the shoulder straps through. Repeat on the other side.

  • Find shoulder straps; use finished strips of fabric you purchase at a craft store or ribbon. The straps need to be the same width as one side of the widest part of the pillowcase shirt, plus one-third. Work each strap through the holes. They tie together to keep the shirt up.

  • Add trim along the bottom or decorative buttons for added personality.

Tips & Warnings

  • The largest part around your body may be your torso or waist. Measure this for Step 1, instead of the bust.

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