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Pillowcase Skirt

Here is entry #4 from our Calling All Bloggers Challenge!  This one was sent to us by Lexi Bridges of Night Owl.  As always, please post your comments!  We want to know what you think!

Pillowcase Skirt

pillowcase skirt

It seems everyone is getting thrifty these days and repurposing found objects to make them unique. The kitschy, vintage vibe is super popular. That's exactly what we are after today in this tutorial. I have seen several patterns for little girls dresses made out of pillowcases, but having two boys I don't have a need for them. Could I turn a ten cent vintage pillowcase and some beautiful May Arts ribbon into a skirt for me? One that I would actually wear? 

Yes!! And it's super easy. I know this because it only took about an hour and I don't even really sew. So honestly, if I can do it “sew” can you! 

The variety of May Arts ribbons and trims is astounding and although there are several different kinds that could be used for this project I chose one of my favorites: Grosgrain/Ivory Striped Ribbon, color RG76 for the sash and RG28 for the decorative rosette.

In addition to your ribbon you'll also need:

  • elastic (size will be determined by ribbon width)
  • pillow case
  • doilies
  • buttons 

When I brought my
pillowcase home from the thrift shop one end unraveled in the wash. That is
actually what gave me the idea for a skirt! So if your pillowcase is in perfect
shape you'll need to rip the seam out of the short end.

Fold and press for the length you want and trim to 1/4 inch from the fold. Make sure right sides together.


pillowcase skirt


Pin your RG76 ribbon to the top edge of the material and sew as close to the top and bottom of the ribbon edge as possible, creating a self made casing. Be sure and DO NOT sew the side of your skirt where the ribbon will be tied—that's where we'll put in the elastic.

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NOTE: IF you wanted to make it a drawstring type skirt you totally could by sewing down an inch of material, leaving the ends open to run your ribbon through. I had thought about this but couldn't bear to hide all that pretty ribbon! 

Measure your waist to determine the length of elastic you'll need and use a safety pin to guide it into your ribbon casing. Make sure you hold it secure or by the time you get to the other side it will slip through!

pillowcase skirt

Once your elastic is in sew it's ends together, but NOT to the material or the ribbon. And VIOLA! You've made a fashionable skirt from ribbon and a pillowcase. I loved the way the yellow striped ribbon looks here gathered. Now you could stop here and boy was that easy! But I say we embellish it a bit. 🙂

I found some old doilies for 25 cents and sewed them on. The yellow and white one had a pretty aqua edge that I cut off and used as a funky trim on the bottom of my skirt.              

pillowcase skirt

To hide the raw edge of the doily I sewed on antique trim. Some new May Arts Crochet/Velvet Center trim would look beautiful here. 

pillowcase skirt

It really looks like a skirt now!

pillowcase skirt

Using the RG28 ribbon I created a fun little rosette. Run a needle through the center of the ribbon. This will give it a double ruffled edge when finished.

pillowcase skirt

Cinch it up and sew to form a ruffled circle. 

pillowcase skirt

Sew button in middle and attach to skirt. I loved the punch of orange (my favorite!) color here the ribbon added. I think it adds a bit of funk to the doilies.

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 I added a few more vintage buttons and my skirt was complete:

pillowcase skirt

Now I'm ready for a date night. Who am I kidding…more like a run to the grocery store! But when someone asks, “I love your skirt. Did you make it?” You can proudly say, “Why yes I did!” as you sashay through the frozen foods section. 😉  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Now go and snatch a few cheap pillowcases, grab your stash of May Arts ribbon and get granny chic! If you do make one, leave us a link. We would love to see! And of course, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section. 


  1. Doris Widder

    Love it! What a great idea!

  2. Heidi

    It’s darling! This might be my all time favorite May Arts ribbon also! Love it! Thanks for always inspiring us!


  3. Elaine


  4. Jillian Anger

    I have loved May Arts Ribbons FOREVER! I also have a fettish for vintage textiles…this is going to change my thrift shopping habits!

  5. samantha s

    lexi! what? this is amazing. I love all the pretty details that you included and your ribbon choices are perfection

  6. Bethney @ May Arts

    You are more than welcome to feature this tutorial! Thanks for asking. 🙂

  7. jen

    i would love to feature this tutorial on the vintage sheet blog please let me know if that would be ok.

  8. Jennifer H.

    This is really great! What a way to repurpose for yourself! Now…if only I found good deals like that and was small enough to use a pillowcase as a skirt. Great job!

  9. Rachel

    I think that is way cute. I love the embellishments. Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  10. Jenifer

    Great job I love this, and the ribbons are the perfect touch

  11. Charlene

    Very creative!

  12. Suz

    It turned out sooo stinkin’ cute! And such a perfect model to show it off on! Thanks for the continuous flow of inspiration!

  13. Debbie Bridges



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