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Thrifted Pillow Skirt.

Added Sep 14, 2011

by hand-quilter

Newcastle, Austr...






I am super excited about this skirt. It was originally a pillow case I thrifted from a local charity shop. I thought the pattern was simply beautiful, and for only 50c, I thought it a steal. I admit at the time I had no idea what I would actually do with the fabric, I mean, it was only a single pillow case right? With a little courage I took to it with scissors and thread, and within an hour I had whipped up a cute autumn skirt.

The first thing I did was stitch the hem down. First reason being I hate hemming and figured why not get it over and done with first. The second reason was I wanted a straight hem line so I could line the fabric up with the selvedge of some neutral calico I wanted to line it with (I wanted to keep the selvedge on the calico and make it a feature, by letting it fall a few centimeters lower than the hem of the floral fabric.

I then cut out two rectangles of neutral calico the same width as the floral fabric, with the hem of the floral panel sitting slightly higher than the calico selvedge. I then secured the two fabrics together using a large gathering stitch. I stitched the skirt together down one side.

I cut a long thin rectangle from both fabrics and sewed it together to form a thin waistband. I then sewed the waistband onto the skirt.

I then sewed in a side zipper and finished the side seam, and voila! My less-than-one-hour-50-cent-creation was complete!

I am super impressed with how this skirt turned out. It was super quick and easy to make, and best of all, I don’t think it looks like a pillow case anymore.

Visit me at for more on my sewing adventures :-)

Sam xox

Material Notes

1 single pillow case. Spare plain calico.




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    Sep 15, 2011, 06.10 AMby Nickiejc

    That is really pretty…at first I thought “Hmm, a bit chilly for autumn” and then I saw where you lived! I wish I could do "spring all over again! 50c very well spent!

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      Sep 15, 2011, 10.09 AMby hand-quilter

      Haha! Yep! And even autumn here you could get away with this skirt in some tights :-)

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    Sep 14, 2011, 01.16 PMby Kathy Lamont

    The fabric is beautiful. well done!

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      Sep 15, 2011, 10.09 AMby hand-quilter

      Thanks! I love the skirt you are wearing in your profile pic too :-)

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