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Brooklyn, New York, US
Pillowcase Nightie
pillowcase in, cutesy babydoll out

I had to stop using my pink sheets when I got married :(
Now I can wear 'em instead :)! The lace trim I had around...it was meant for prettying up the hem of my wedding dress.



  • Step 1

    1. Undo the 2 seams of each pillowcase (bottom and side), and open them so that they are rectangles.

  • Step 2

    2. Lay the pillowcases on top of each other. The folded over seamed edge (opening when you put a pillow in) is now the "top" of the nightgown.

  • How to make pyjamas / a nightie. Pillowcase Nightie - Step 3
    Step 3

    3. Trim the sides, making a trapezoid. The basic measurements for mine were 17.5" at the top, gradually increasing to 27.5" at the bottom. I'm a 34" bust and 36" hips, so increase or decrease yours as needed.

  • How to make pyjamas / a nightie. Pillowcase Nightie - Step 4
    Step 4

    4. I put it on and pinned it to my body. The measurements I ended up with more specifically:

    -from the top to about 4" down from there, the measurement across was 17.5", then the increase began.

    -By 14" down it was 22" wide.

    -At the bottom, it was 27.5" wide.

  • How to make pyjamas / a nightie. Pillowcase Nightie - Step 5
    Step 5

    5. Lay the pillowcase pieces wrong sides together, and pin and sew up the side seams, with a 5/8" seam allowance. Then, press the seams open.

  • Step 6

    6. Hem. I did 1/4" pressed in, then 1/2" hem, for 3/4" total.

  • How to make pyjamas / a nightie. Pillowcase Nightie - Step 7
    Step 7

    7. Pin and sew the trim over the pre-existing seam of the pillowcase, now right about the middle of the bustline.

  • How to make pyjamas / a nightie. Pillowcase Nightie - Step 8
    Step 8

    8. Make the straps with the material you cut off of the sides. Mine were 17" long (again, adjust as needed) and 1.5" wide. Fold the strip of material in half lengthwise, and sew a 1/4" seam. Turn right side out. Sew trim over strap.

  • How to make pyjamas / a nightie. Pillowcase Nightie - Step 9
    Step 9

    9. With the bottom ends of the strap folded under, pin inside the nightgown on top, and sew. In the front, mine were 3.75" from each side, and 5" from each side in the back.


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Leah · Greensboro, North Carolina, US · 8 projects

Love it!

Kira  C.
Kira C.

Wow! Who would have thought pillowcases make such adorable PJs? I'm going to go ahead and make some out of my old ones!

Vintageneedle · Taylorsville, Georgia, US

I collect pillowcases for the fabric, this is a great idea for something for myself.

Cyndi B.
Cyndi B. · Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Great Idea!! I think I'll make one for myself. Thanks for the directions.

Cat Morley
Cat Morley · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 1050 projects

This is so gorgeous, you could never guess they use to be pillowcases. I have a really cool rainbow bed set that I want to use for this.

Darling Niki
Darling Niki · Clearwater, Florida, US · 20 projects

What a wonderfully cool idea!!! Amazing and pretty too Happy

Brandi B.
Brandi B. · Illinois, Illinois, US

I love this it is so cute but also sexy!

Eien · 3 projects

Hee! I want to make some PJs out of my old kiddie sheets so it's nice to see someone succeed, recycle, and get to keep their pink sheets Happy


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