Shirt Pillowcase – Step By Step Guide
Here at Birch Creative, we love the idea of upcycling. Turning an old shirt into a pillowcase is a cheap alternative to home décor or a great gift idea that adds a personal touch. In my case, I wanted to give my family a keepsake that we could hold onto the memory of my beloved Grandfather. He was a businessman and so it was only fitting that I made something out of one of his shirts. It is a simple project that is great for beginners (like me!) because there is no need for inserting a zip or buttons.
Here is what I did:
- Shirt (I used an XXL)
- Cushion Insert (I used 45cm x 45cm)
- Tape Measure/Quilting Square
- Marking Pins
- Dressmaking Scissors
- Point turner
- Cut along the top of the shirt to release the pleat that most shirts have on the back
- Lay freshly ironed shirt down making sure it is turned inside out. Have the front facing up so you can see the outline of the pocket if the shirt has one
Use the tape measure and quilting ruler as a guide to measure a 43cm square. To give the cushion a plump look, we recommend measuring a square that is 5cm less than the cushion insert and then add a 1.5cm seam allowance for each edge. This was my calculation: 45 – 5 + 3 = 43 NOTE: make sure the buttons run down the middle of the square and it looks best if the pocket isn’t too close to the top
- Pin the square. I used the lines on the shirt as my guide but you can use a marking pen/chalk if you feel more comfortable
- Once pinned, cut the excess material off around the outside of the pins.
Sew the shirt using the pins as your outside border.
- Undo the buttons and turn the shirt right side out. Use the point turner to push the corners out.
- Insert cushion and do the buttons up
- Cushion is now complete :)
To achieve each stripe pattern
- With MC, work 4 rows.
- With A, work 2 rows.
With MC, ch 58.
- 1st row: (RS). 3 dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as 4 dc). Miss next 2 ch. 1 sc in next ch. *Miss next 2 ch. 3 dc in next ch. (1 sc. 1 hdc. 1 dc) around post of last dc. Miss next 2 ch. 1 sc in next ch. Rep from * across to last 3 ch. Miss next 2 ch. 4 dc in last ch. Turn.
- 2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in frst dc. Miss next 3 dc. 3 dc in next sc. (1 sc. 1 hdc. 1 dc) around post of last dc. Miss next 3 sts. 1 sc in next dc. *Miss next 2 dc. 3 dc in next sc. (1 sc. 1 hdc. 1 dc) around post of last dc. Miss next 3 sts. 1 sc in next dc. Rep from * to end of row. Turn.
- 3rd row: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 3 dc in frst sc. Miss next 3 sts. 1 sc in next dc. *Miss next 2 dc. 3 dc in next sc. (1 sc. 1 hdc. 1 dc) around post of last dc. Miss next 3 sts. 1 sc in next dc. Rep from * across to last 3 sts. Miss next 2 dc. 4 dc in last sc. Turn.
- First 3 rows of Stripe Pat are complete.
- Keeping count of Stripe Pat, rep last 2 rows of Ripple Pat until work from beg measures approx 45" [114.5 cm], ending with 4 rows of MC. Fasten off.
Note: When joining colours, work to last 2 loops on hook of first colour. Draw new colour through last 2 loops and proceed.
Gauge: 6sc and 7 rows = 4” [10cm]