Vintage Pillowcase Shirt


  • Vintage pillowcase
  • Double-fold bias tape, 1/4”, 48” length
  • Non-roll elastic, 1/2”-wide, chest measurement at armpits minus 1”


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Safety pin

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



  • 1. Measurements are approximate. Adjust lengths as needed for desired size.


  • 1. Wash and dry pillowcase. Place pillowcase on flat work surface. Cut 11” from closed end.
  • 2. Fold under raw edges 1/4”; press.
  • 3. Fold edges again 1-1/4”; press to form top hem.
  • 4. Topstitch around pressed edges 1” from fold. Leave 2” opening to insert elastic.
  • 5. Use safety pin to thread elastic through casing. Overlap elastic 1/2” and stitch to secure. Check for proper fit before continuing.
  • 6. Place any protruding elastic into casing; sew opening closed. Set shirt aside.
  • 7. For straps, cut two 24” bias tape lengths. Machine-sew zigzag stitch down center of each strap.
  • 8. Straight stitch strap to inside, front of shirt, 4” from armpit. Repeat for remaining strap. Knot ends.
  • 9. Tie straps around neck.
by Lisa Bychowski
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