Do you have some old retro pillowcases in your cupboard, can't throw them out but not sure what to do with them? Then this is the Tutorial for you. So grab a spare hour, your scissors, sewing machine and that old pillowcase and lets get started.
I will post each step to this with the each picture, I think its a tricky process to explain so a picture always helps :)
- Cut you pillowcase into 2 panels and unfold the section that folds inside the pillow, you can use that for extra fabric
- The most important part here is to work around whatever print design you have so there really is no measurements, I went by eye and tried to use all the Bananas in Pyjamas print. So using the above template as a base, figure out what will work best for you pillowcase and cut.
Do not use blunt scissors like I did, you will not get straight neat cuts, I search for my sewing scissors for 30 mins before I gave up... the kids must have got to my good scissors again !!!! I will not swear about that but I do want to lol
- I had extra fabric so I made the weird looking cooking hat but you could use this fabric to make your neck strap longer if you wanted to
- fold all your straps in half with wrong way showing and sew a straight line up each edge
- turn your straps so the correct side of fabric is showing. For the skinny waist strap use a safety pin to pull fabric through
- once the correct way is showing, iron straps flat and sew around all the edges. Fold open end inside strap so it becomes neat and clean
- sew hems around bib and skirt panels as shown where the pink lines are in the pictures
Now this is the tricky bit
- you need to get your skirt the same size as your bib. I did this by folding loose freehand pleats on each side but you could use the ruffle method here if you like that look better and it is easier. I just wanted mine flat in the center so you could see the design more
- sew the pleats flat to keep them together
- place bib panel upside down, pin and sew a straight line. If you have a serger then use that as its a nicer finish but I know most people do not have an overlocker so I only used my machine for this DIY project.
- sew on waitbands to each side
- lay apron flat and pin the pleats to bib and sew. Cut any messy pleats above the sewn line
This will make the apron sit flush against body and give a nicer edge.
- fold over the bib hem and pin the neck straps to each side
- sew across making sure you do a strong triple stitch over the straps.
Normally with straps you would do the X box style stitch but because you are working with limited fabric you want to use all the fabric you can in the actual strap:)
And thats it, cut off any hanging thread and you are done!!