What Not To Toss Weekend: Girls’ Pillow Case Skirt Refashion

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Anyone else have one of these in their linen closet?

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A special pillow case made by a grandma/aunt/mother/friend/neighbor that you can’t bear to part with even years after it’s stopped being used?  Or what about regular ‘ol pillow cases with fun designs that are rarely used?

My girl is way too tall for one of those popular pillow case halter dresses for toddlers that are all over Pinterest, so it must be time to put that pink and purple number in the donate bin after all, right?

Wait! Don’t Toss That!

Ten minutes of superdee quick refashioning will yield an easy skirt project, perfect for older girls.

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I just measured from my daughter’s waist to knee and added 1.5” to make a casing for a simple elastic waist. Then I sewed the casing and added some reclaimed elastic from an old pair of underwear  just like I did here in the Captain Underpants elastic waist twirl skirt.

See?

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Start to finish was less than ten minutes since the side and bottom hems were already finished – love that.

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Now my crazy-tall girl has a breezy summer skirt that’s actually long enough to wear, yet lightweight for hot days.

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Perfect for grand adventures or lazy walks.

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So glad I pulled that sweet pillow case out of the donate pile.

Plus, I think her grandma will appreciate seeing her handiwork being loved again.

Win, win.

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It’s What Not To Toss This Weekend!

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10 comments:

  1. Win! Win!!! A GREAT idea!!! And one I hope to be using with my grand dolls!! Thanks for sharing......

    Your daughter is beautiful!

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  2. Great idea. I'm happy every time you post.!

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  3. Such a creative idea, friend! Your daughter looks adorable in her skirt.

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  4. Love these skirts. Unfortunately, my dd is too big for these cuteies! She's 16. =( they grow up so fast! We both got a giggle at Captain Underpants and the twirly skirt, lol. Love it! So glad to see you back. Been missing ya! BTW...how did the stairs turn out?

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  5. Fantastic Idea... I have made lots of pillowcase dresses for my grandaughters.. But recycling her pillowcase is fantastic.. SHe looks adorable in this skirt..

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  6. What a great idea!! I should whip a couple up while my girls are sleeping... they will LOVE me in the morning!! :D Adorable!!

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Thanks so much for the comment love! I do cartwheels when I read each one. Well, I imagine my pre-pregnancy self doing cartwheels, but you get the idea ...