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Check it out, ladies: a pillowcase that you can totally wear to the office!

Supplies:
* 1 pillowcase
* 1 zipper (7" or 9")

Tools:
* Sewing machine (You can also sew by hand.)
* Seam ripper
* Straight pins
* Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
* Fabric pencil/tailor chalk
* Measuring tape/ruler
* Iron
 
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Step 1: Prepare Pillowcase

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Iron your pillowcase flat. Cut off the finished (open) end just below the seam. You will use this piece to create the waistband later.

Step 2: Zipper Opening

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Center the seam at the back, and press the pillowcase. Open the back seam from the top, creating a space long enough to fit your zipper.

At this point, to avoid unraveling the rest of the back seam, you should stitch a few times back and forth over the bottom of the opening you just made to secure any loose threads. (You can see my stitches in the photo below.)

Note: If your pillowcase has two side seams, you can insert the zipper in either of the sides instead of the back.

Step 3: Press Zipper Opening

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Before laying the zipper in place, turn skirt inside out and fold back the unfinished edges of the opening about ¼" and press.

Step 4: Place Zipper

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Lay the zipper in place, taking care to center it in the opening. (Please excuse the magical color-changing zipper. I was working on 2 skirts at the same time.)

Step 5: Pin Zipper

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Pin the zipper into place.

Step 6: Sew Zipper

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Stitch around the edge of the zipper, securing it in place.

Step 7: Press Skirt

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Turn skirt right side out, centering the zipper in the back, and press.

Step 8: Mark Center

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Find the center of the top of the skirt and mark it.
It would be great if I could find a pillow case that was made out of stretchy material, maybe jersey? What do you think?
kreator6 months ago

i think it's cool and clever and ur pretty

depnomore6 months ago

love it!!!!!!!!! Gotta make it!!!!!!!!!!!

amollenh3 years ago
So cute!!! I am sick of making pillow cases for children that are not even mine. Now I can make my own skits and knee length pencil skirts are my fav. :)
uptight3 years ago
dress better if it were shorter. too long.
star folder3 years ago
On one of the PBS sewing shows, there was a guest who makes dresses for little girls in Africa from pillow cases. Soooo cute.
My wife does this through our church in Bethany, OK that takes the dresses to Swaziland. The last group of doctors and nurses went in March and took about 100 dresses she and bunches of other women made. They have about 125 that are half-done and hope to send about 300 in August. A pillow case can easily be made into a little dress and so many in Africa have so little.

OperationDressUp.com if anyone is interested.
I really want to invole students and myself, but the website doesn't help. No info about patterns and where to send finished skirts. Can you please give me more info?
This is genius. I need to find some cool pillowcases now. I was wondering though, how tight is the skirt around the legs when you are walking around? If its a bit tight then I might just make it a little shorter. :)
My pillowcase didn't have any stretch, so I didn't make it as fitted as a normal pencil skirt. It falls just above my knees, and doesn't restrict normal walking. (Mind you, I wouldn't try to run in it.)
angelabchua3 years ago
Awesome idea! This is one of those, "why didn't I think of that?!" sort of things.

This is awesome :) definatly a diy to try :)