Guest post | Using vintage sheets in your crafts

by contributor on 29/08/2011

in Fashion, Green Crafting, Guest Blogger, Whip Up Tutorials

Kirstin and Jordan are sisters who blog at kojodesigns. And while ‘creativity’ sometimes looks different for each of them – Jordan’s kitchen is the backdrop for many an experiment in crafty cooking and she is rarely without her camera while Kirstin is slowly decorating her home with Anthropologie knock-offs and using her extra minutes to whip up new J Crew-y duds for her kiddos (and her sisters), there is a whole lot of crafty overlap as well (mostly their shared love for throwing kicking parties and showers).

Hello whipup friends! I am Kirstin, half of a sister team that blogs over at kojodesigns, and I am just thrilled to be here today!

Recently, I helped hostess a “retro patchwork” baby shower. For the decor, we tried to incorporate as many vintage items as possible (vintage quilts and afghans, a retro cooler, mason jar glasses, vintage serving ware). We also used vintage sheets to make several of the decor elements, including a vintage sheet flag bunting, vintage sheet cocktail napkins and vintage sheet fabric flower corsages. But why let the vintage sheet fun stop there?

I’m here today with a darling (and super simple) vintage pillowcase skirt tutorial.

To make one yourself, you’ll need:

  • a vintage pillowcase
  • sewing supplies
  • a yard of contrasting bias tape
What to do:
  1. Cut the sewn top edge off of the pillowcase. Cut the rest of the pillowcase down to 20″ long.
  2. Measure your natural waist. Cut a length of 2″ wide elastic, the same length as your measurement. Sew the ends of the elastic together, right sides facing each other, creating a waistband. Trim the edges to look clean and top stitch them down.
  3. Pin the elastic tube to the top edge of the skirt. First turn the elastic inside out, slide on the outside of the skirt (so that the right sides are facing each other). Find the middle of the back of the skirt and pin to the middle of the back of the elastic tube. Repeat with the middle of the front of the skirt and the two edges (this ensures that your elastic is evenly spaced). Continue pinning at equal intervals. Sew the elastic to the top edge of the skirt. Pull the elastic taut as you go. Sew a zig zag stitch around the perimeter to prevent the minimize fraying.
  4. Finish off the hem with contrasting bias tape.
  5. Done! Super cute, super simple skirt with a retro vibe!

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1 delia August 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Very cool pillowcase find! Love the skirt Kirstin!

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2 hilljean August 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Love this–love them! KoJo always has awesome stuff. Sigh. If only I could sew. And I say that with my shield up as I realize this is a pillowcase and I SHOULD be able to do that. You think a glue gun would work in a pinch? ;)

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3 Jenilyn August 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Loooove this! Where in the world do ya’ll find all of your vintage linens??? I can never find things this cool and colorful!

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4 Bob Urbanowski September 1, 2011 at 10:57 am

This is awesome. Cool pattern, striking colors…

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5 Martine Rasmussen September 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

Being ans experienced sewer and fashion teacher I can see a lot of fine merit in this design. The key is to get the quality, good condition, vintage or geometric pattern from recycled or brand new pillow caes. Try all the op shops , large and small. Quality or Discount variety Stroes mary have pillow cases going out on sale. Here’s an idea for the bigger girls and women like me, buy a european pillow case!

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6 Meeling September 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Too cute!!

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7 Lisa September 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

Brilliant! I love using sheets for the back of my quilts, reuse and adds a bit of whimsy, plus second hand stores have lots of sheets in amazing quality!

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