How to create a trendy shirt out of a pillowcase

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With a little creativity, a pillowcase becomes a trendy shirt.
With a little creativity, a pillowcase becomes a trendy shirt. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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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