Pillow Case Top from Scratch
1 hour and a half
3/4 yard of Jersey Knit fabric (60" wide)
1/3 yard of silky fabric (45" wide)
Step One: Make the tie-
- Cut the silky fabric 5 inches wide in two 45" strips. I thought 3 inches was too wide:( If you want yours as wide as mine I originally cut 6 inch to make them 3" wide instead of 2.
- Sew the two strips together to make one long 90" inch strip.
- Fold in half with right sides together, pin.
- At each end three inches down mark a line to the opposite corner (see picture)and sew.
- Leaving a 6 inch gap in the middle, sew along edge.
- Turn right side out through gap in middle, fold under and sew gap.
Step Two: Make the shirt-
- Cut the fabric 23" (W) by 26"(L). In the tutorial I mentioned I found the dimensions to be way too large. I have a long slender torso so you may need to adjust your fabric somewhat. You might want to start bigger (her dimensions were 30" x 30") if you feel it will be too small. I made the other shirt first so I had some numbers to go off of.
- Press a two inch from top and baste stitch. This step it to prevent the jersey knit from rolling when you fold it over.
- Fold over to make casing a sew zig zag stitch along bottom of edge of casing.
- Thread the tie through the casing and put on. Pin where the arm holes should stop below your under arms.
- With right sides together sew up sides.
- Zig Zag stitch on arm holes and around bottom (see video). Try on
Very East Pillow Case Top from Men's Shirt
Men's Shirt- I used my husband's old 4th of July Old Navy shirt that had shrunk a little. It was size large. The shirt after step one was 21" (W) by 23.5" (L)
1/2" wide ribbon
- Turn shirt inside out and cut off arms. Align the ruler at the base of the collar and cut in straight line across.
- Make 1" wide casing and straight stitch along bottom. **Make sure here that your new right sides is actually the inside of the shirt since. You don't have to do this but mine had a flag I didn't want on it so I just used it inside out. I will now refer to it as the (old outside and new inside) flag side.
- With flag sides out sew along each side with a small seam allowance. I did this so that the old inside seam wouldn't show.
- Thread ribbon through casings and try on!
Have any shirts you want to revamp?