A gloomy, cloudy Saturday makes for a perfect craft day!
When I was rummaging through all of my clothes, I found a t-shirt that I loved, but it just didn’t fit right. I didn’t want to throw it away, so I decided to recycle it and turn it into a pillowcase! After getting a new bed and bed sheet set, I didn’t have enough throw pillows, but I did have one old, dingy pillow that desperately needed a facelift. Perfect!
I don’t have a sewing machine, and to be honest, I don’t really know how to sew. I’m sure I could figure it out, but I didn’t wanna risk it this time. After searching for ‘no-sew’ pillowcase methods, I couldn’t find one that I wanted to attempt, so I just did it myself.
Here’s how you can make your very own no-sew pillowcase out of an old t-shirt!
THINGS YOU NEED:
- an old t-shirt
- a pillow
- no-sew glue hem
- a craft (or regular) iron
- needle and thread (minimal sewing – just buttons onto ribbons!)
- candle (okay, this is optional, but it makes the room smell great, so.. just do it!)
TOTAL CRAFTING TIME:
- give or take, an hour, with tons of coffee breaks
- Here’s the old t-shirt, pillow, and supplies I used. There’s also some ribbon for the bows at the end, a few buttons, and a little craft iron. A normal iron will work just as well, but this little one is just so handy! Of course, a Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle from Bath and Body Works is a great addition to the mix (and will make your house smell amazing).
- This is the hem glue that I used, and this stuff is great. I was a little skeptical at first, but I’m extremely happy with how the pillowcase turned out after using only this.
- Cut a square that’s a little bit bigger than your pillow. You want to leave some room on the sides so that when it’s all hemmed and ready to go, your pillow case isn’t too small.
- Take the back portion of fabric (the one without the writing on it) and cut it in half. You need to be able to get your pillow in the case, after all.
- Fold over one edge of the fabric, and use the iron to glue it down, creating a nice, straight edge. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to finish my pillow, so I hemmed the edge incase I didn’t want to put any bows/close it completely. This is a step you can skip if you’re just going to close your pillow up in the end.
- Once the edges of both back parts are hemmed down, assemble your fabric with the logo on the inside. Pay close attention and make sure that it’s lined up as close to the edge as possible.
- Hem the sides down, but ensure that it’s cooled down before opening it up and checking that everything is holding together. Like I said, I was a little weary using this glue, but it worked like a charm. I had to go over a few parts a few times, but that was because the iron wasn’t hot enough, and I was afraid to leave it on for TOO long.
- Make sure that your hem is as close to the edge as possible. I cut the strips in half, and then in half again to get a thinner strip of glue, and was super careful when applying the heat to it. Again, wait until it’s completely cooled down before checking that it’s staying together.
- Once you have it all glued down, and it’s cooled, flip it inside out, and voila! A finished pillowcase! Slip your pillow in, and you’re all done! But… why stop there?
- Cut three strips of ribbon, making sure they’re all the same length. I used black to match the writing on the front of the shirt, but you can use any colour you’d like to use.
- Glue down (again with the no-sew glue hem [I love this stuff!]) the two ends to make a ribbon. I made three. Again, you can make as many as you want. Or none at all. Whatever.
- Okay, so maybe I did sew a little, but only the button to the ribbon. Then I used the no-sew glue hem and glued the back of the pillowcase shut, and then proceeded to glue down the ribbon to somewhat hide the hem in the back.
And there it is!