Pillowcases, like earrings, shoes, and even some people, just don’t seem to function as well when they aren’t in a pair. So what do you do when you’re left with just one pillowcase after losing one to the laundry monster? Well, there’s no reason why you can’t just keep using it, but if you’re one of those people who is nitpicky about things matching, you can also turn your lone pillowcase into a cute summery top. Read on for the instructions.
Step 1: After thoroughly washing and drying your pillowcase, turn it inside out and lay it on a flat surface with the closed end at the top.
Step 2: Find a tank top in your closet with a neckline that you like and lay it flat on top of your pillowcase. Line up the top of the tank top with the top (closed) end of the pillowcase. It’s okay if the pillowcase is slightly wider or slimmer than the tank top. Then, using a pencil or fabric pen, lightly and carefully trace an outline of the neckline and armholes onto the pillowcase, leaving about 1.5″ of an offset so that you will have room for a hem. If you don’t think your material will need a hem, just trace the shape exactly as it is on the tank top.
Step 3: Carefully cut along the lines you drew making sure you don’t cut the tops of the tank top (which will need to remain sewn together so that they become the shoulders of your tank.
Step 4: If you do want to finish up your raw edges, feel free to hem them.
And you’re done! Just flip your new tank top back so it’s right side out, slip it on and step into the sun. You can also adjust the length by cutting and hemming the bottom if you want to.