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Friday, February 20, 2015

Reuse & upcycle: pillowcase from...other pillowcases

As you've probably have heard before, I'm decluttering my house. Some weeks ago I went through my daughter's closet and found several small pillowcases from when she was a toddler.

None of the pillowcases fit any of the pillows we have in our house now, but the fabrics were cute, packed with memories and I clearly wasn't ready to part with them. But I'm committed to decluttering, so I had to find a solution: a new, larger pillowcase made with a mix of all the fabrics.


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This was my first attempt at something remotely quilt-looking, and while I like the outcome (even if some of the squares are not perfectly lined up), the whole process was too long and difficult for my taste. Or maybe I just need more practice.

Anyway, I started with a bunch of small pillowcases (not all pictured below but all in need of a good ironing)...

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...and began cutting squares. I love to see quilts made with lots of different shapes, but I decided to keep this as simple as possible and I figured squares would be the easiest to sew.

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Deciding where to place each square took some time...

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...and sewing them all up even took longer

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The back of the pillowcase is made with white fabric and a plain envelope closure. The white fabric was also reused, as it came from a crib sheet.

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Well, it may have not turned out exactly perfect, but has been in use several times since I finished it. And since I replaced several unused items piling in a closet by a functional pillowcase, I consider it a sucess.




Now I still have a bunch of crib sheets in need of some serious upclycling, so I must find inspiration and decide what to do with them...

Enjoy,


14 comments:

  1. Sewing teeny tiny squares together just seems to suck all the joy out of sewing for me, and it does take forever! I think your pillowcase turned out just lovely! Thanks for linking up to the pin party, Do you have a pinterest pin you can link?
    I totally agree that upcycling is a decluttering win!

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    1. Thank you Stella! Just added the pin to my Pinterest boards! It's here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/58969076347132952/

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  2. Excellent! Pinned!
    Come link up with us sometime on Wednesdays. Love to feature great ideas like this on our blog also. Have a happy day,
    Rose

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    1. Done! Thank you for inviting me, I love new parties! Following you via G+ too!

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  3. Such a great idea. I love the thought of reusing to make new. The pillow is so cute. Stopping by from the Let's Get Real Friday Party

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    1. Thank you Vickie, have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. ha i hear you on the squares not matching up - i have the same problem when i try to quilt. turns out squares are hard! I like doing the long rectangles in a row then folding back up and sewing again. let me find that link for you to check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bEJLnaZQOU - super fun way to quilt!

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    1. Thank you for the link! Although this is probably something I will not do very often, I always like to know how to do things well!

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  5. Being a quilter myself I know how much time things do take, but the results are well worth it. Turned out really cute! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann! I liked the result, but I think it took too long for something so small. Or maybe I just need more practice...

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  6. Very awesome reuse of old pillowcases. Your friend, Linda

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  7. Thanks a bunch for these fine tips on how to make the most out of used stuff while making them fulfill a new purpose. That's also a very practical thing that you did, where you basically expanded the pillowcases that you have to fit new pillows. I hope the pillows are built from really fine material, to last you for a long time and keep those patterns intact. Good day!

    Melissa Robinson @ Pillow Perfect

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