From shirt to pillow!

Remeber I got a sewing machine for my birthday?

Well, I’ve been sewing up a storm., Mostly polar fleece doggy blankies :p

Then I did a ridiculous little polar fleece hat.

And I decided it was time for something a bit more useful and a bit more challenging.


I decided to use an old shirt of Peter’s and turn it into a pillowcase!






Measure against existing manky old pillowcase. I drew lines with a pen, coz I don’t know much better :p hehehe!


Cut out front and back… buttons from shirt nicely in the centre (Mrs Venter)


I bought this frilly trim I wanted to add… I measured it, added some extra for the gathering bit


Pinned it on, and tried to be as neat as possible (first real project ever! bear with me here :p)


Stitched it on the front piece, put the back and front pieces together (right sides together :p) and stitched it up on the inside. You know how you are meant to leave a piece open, to turn the whole thing inside out, and then go back and top stitch on the outside to close the hole? Ja, well, this pillowcase has buttons remember, so I sewed all the round, no need to leave an open piece!


All sewed up… those tight little zigzags? I call it “pretend overlocking” (bet you can’t tell I’m self taught hey! haha!


trim off the tatty edgenes close to my “pretend overlocking” so it looks more like proper overlocking.


Unbutton and turn inside out, rebutton, and voila! cute little cushion!! I am ridiculously proud! PS you can use the pocket to put the TV remotes in :p or a pen for your crossword.



Stay tuned for more of my sewing adventures!

Comments (3)

AngelJune 25th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I think its great! And I also do the zigzag stitch on the edge of the fabric- its how my mom taught me!

phillygirlJune 26th, 2012 at 8:57 am

Love it!

JentyJune 28th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

That is so cool!!

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