So as I mentioned earlier in the week, I've joined forced with Sarah a very talented friend I meet around the communal table at Fine and Sunny to bring you some more creative weekend DIY projects. Sarah is an absolute wiz on the sewing machine so our first collaboration just had to be a fun and super easy skirt made from a vintage pillowcase.
What You'll Need: A pillowcase (we chose a thrifted vintage one with a fun pattern), medium width elastic, pins, scissors measuring tape. You will also need a safety pin, sewing machine, iron and ironing board. Optional: Chalk pencil and hem guide (to help hem your skirt).
1 & 2. Turn the pillow case inside out, cut the two side seams and iron. You will be left with one long rectangle of fabric.
3 & 4. Cut off the top and bottom hems. Then fold in half, right sides together and pin.
5. Sew a straight stitch to create the back seam. Just outside the straight stitch sew a zig zag stitch, to stop the fabric from fraying. You will now have the basic shape for your skirt.
6. Zig zag stitch the top and bottom of the skirt to stop the edges from fraying.
7 & 8. To make the tube for the elastic waistband, double the width of the elastic, then measure, fold and pin the fabric at top of the skirt. Iron into place and sew a straight stitch over the top of the zig zag stitch, ensuring you leave a two inch gap to insert the elastic through.
9 & 10. Cut the elastic to fit snugly around your waist and include an extra two inch overlap which will be stitched together. Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through, ensuring you hold on to the other end as you pull it through.
11 &12. Pull elastic through completely and sew together, either by hand or on the sewing machine. Go over the elastic several times to ensure it is secure. Then pull the elastic in and sew the gap closed.
13. Sew an one inch hem to finish the skirt at the bottom.
Ta Da! Now you have a cute new skirt!
It's perfect for Summer and of course you could add extra layers and a cute pair of tights for Autumn. If you'd like a little extra length, just add a piece of contrasting fabric to the bottom, or wear over the top of a longer skirt. You can find really sweet vintage pillow cases in most thrift shops, or you can buy a cheap white one and dye it in the colour of your choice. Now I know it's so easy, I think I'll be turning all my pillowcases into skirts!
Pop over to Sarah's blog and check out how she altered her recent thrift store find.