HOW TO: Make a Sad Old Pillow Case Into a Summery Tank Top

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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.

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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.

Yuka

About Yuka

Yuka Yoneda is a writer, cheese lover and JeDIY master whose love of recycled fashion led her to start Clossette.com as a resource for folks looking to revamp what they already have in their closets. Her penchant for crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, where she was born and raised. She believes that if you can make stuff here, you can make stuff anywhere, so that's exactly what she does. Yuka is also the Managing Editor of Inhabitat NYC and her refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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4 Responses to HOW TO: Make a Sad Old Pillow Case Into a Summery Tank Top

  1. This is very cute and clever….. I’m going pillowcase shopping. !!!!
    Thank you !

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    • Sue says:

      I think this is a great way to recycle misfit items. I buy pillow shams at thrift stores stick old blankets in them to keep in the car. They can be used for a pillow and storage for the blanket until it is needed on cold days. This also works well on the couch.

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  2. Woow veery nice

    thanx yuka

       1 likes

  3. KeLLz says:

    Brilliant!

       2 likes

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