Cutest Ever Pillowcase Shirt





Introduction: Cutest Ever Pillowcase Shirt

About: I love to stay home as much as as I love to travel, I've been to 49 states (missing Alaska) and 31 countries. I have two wiener dogs now and a cat. We all live together in a house in the woods. With no roaches.

I'm a huge fan of Japanese craft books in that though I can't read a word of what is written, the illustrations and photos are so easy to follow that I can make anything in them. This 'ible is written in that same vein, I hope the photo's are enough for you to follow without even reading the text, though it's there is you need it.

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Step 1: Supplies

  • Pillowcase
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • 2 Safety Pins
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic, about 25 inches
  • An iron would be nice

Step 2: Measuring the Shirt

I am medium sized, I measured from where I wanted the shirt to begin, to how long I wanted it to hang - that was about 18.5 inches. So I cut the pillow case 20 inches long. Next I measured around my upper body under my arms with the elastic and made sure it was snug but not tight. That came to 24.5 inches. Add a half inch to that for the sewing of the elastic together. 

Step 3: Measuring the Straps

Step 4: Turn Your Pillowcase Inside Out

If you want to simply sew a channel for the elastic to run through that is fine but if you run two rows of stitching you will have a nice "gather" on the  top. 

Step 5: Sew the Channel for the Elastic

Give or take an inch and a half for your folded over fabric, there are no rules here, do what looks good to you. Note that this seam is on the inside of the soon-to-be-shirt.

Step 6: Preparing to Insert the Elastic

In this step I simply used my seam ripper to open up the side seam from the pillow case to insert the elastic with a safety pin attached to help to thread it all around the channel. The safety pin helps you know where the elastic is as you are pushing it along.

Step 7: Inserting the Elastic

All this is a lot more complicated to write about than to do.

Step 8: Straps

I determined that the straps should be centered 5 inches from either side of the mid point of the front. I tried sewing them on to the front so they showed but ended up hiding them behind as I think they look better. You are welcome to try sewing from the front and maybe putting on a button for decoration. Actually you are welcome to do anything you want, as long as you don't bother anyone while doing it.

Step 9: Topstitching

Topstitcthing is just sewing a small border along the edge of something, it helps to flatten the fabric and it looks nice. 

Step 10: You're Done

This took about 30 minutes to make, I made one the day before to get everything just right so the second one was pretty fast and easy. I wore it all day, to the the grocery store, walked the wiener dog, made dinner, wrote this 'ible. I have a few more pillow cases, so I am going to make more, the next one might have slightly longer straps to be a bit less modest... Hey, play around, that is what the seam ripper is for.

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    I love anything that recycles something. Great work. I have a sewing machine that I have used one or two times. Got any good ideas for something for a guy? By the way, you sure don't look 50. Good job.

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    Actually this is super fantastic. And very clear!! Great instructable, enter it in something if you ever get a chance!!

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    It's entered in the sewing contest - go vote! Thanks!

    so cute! i love it! though i think i'll keep mine strapless. great 'ible!

    Would you recommend any particular japanese craft books? I like japanese designs but I don't know where I would find those kinds of craft books...and the shirt's awesome!

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    look on Etsy for Japanese craft books, I actually went to a book store in Japan, I also sort of figured out how to use Amazon jp, the shipping is actually reasonalbe. I can't give you titles but this information will keep you busy for days.

    yay!!! been wanting to make something along these lines... and now, thanks to your steps, i'll be able to. thanks!

    I have forwarded this to my sister in law. She loved it! I'm encouraging her to join Instructables.

    This is too cute. My granddaughter is going to love this. Actually, I have been making pillowcase dresses for the little granddaughters. It will be nice to make one for my granddaughter in college. Thanks.

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    Funny! I was actually thinking about suggesting that idea but at 50 those thoughts don't stay in my head very long.

    Well only for 3 more days. Sunday is my birthday.

    This is a great idea! I have several old missmatched pillow cases to try! I only suggest top stitching the straps before sewing to shirt. It may be a bit easier! Thanks a lot for the 'ible!

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    Thanks, of course top stitch before - look again, see? I am just showing the straps lying on top of the shirt before I sew them to the inside. Great point though in case there was confusion.

    i dunno. when i wear this in town people stare at me a lot.

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    That's because you aren't wearing pants.