Welcome to the first of our new “Piglet Tries…” series on the Piglet Journal. Every month, a member of our wonderful team will try something new and share it here on the Journal, in the hope that it inspires creativity or encourages us to take on new adventures. It’s never too late to try new things!
At Piglet HQ we occasionally have the odd faulty item of bedding (thankfully very rarely!). We always try to make use of the fabric so as not to waste anything, either by repairing the items and using them ourselves or by turning them into swatch samples. This month however, Pigleteer Liz had the idea of upcycling a faulty pair of teal pillow cases into a pretty lady’s cami, perfect for the coming summer months.
If you’re thinking of splashing out on some new Piglet bedding, why not have a go at upcycling your old duvet covers or pillow cases, using Liz’s How-To guide below?
Print your pattern and put it together. I’ve used this pattern by Waves and Wild, thankfully it’s beginner level!
Within the pattern instructions is the size guide. Take measurements to determine the size to make. Even if you know your size normally, it is worth checking as each pattern might have slightly different sizing: e.g. medium in one pattern might differ to medium in another pattern.
Once you know the required pattern size, either cut out the pattern directly round that size line or, as I prefer, trace the size you want and cut out. That way you can keep the original printed pattern and use if you want to make another size at any stage.
Once you have the paper pattern pieces, work out how you would like them to fit onto your fabric. This fabric makes it easier as it is plain and both sides are the same. With patterned fabric which has a right and wrong side, you have to remember to make sure the pattern will go in the right direction, or consider where you want the pattern to sit.
Cut the fabric so you have all pieces ready to sew.
The back and front pieces were sewn together down the side seams and the same for the lining pieces. The lining and the main top are then put together and sewn along the top edges leaving a gap for where the straps will be put through.
- The straps are sewn and turned in the right way before being added. They are put between the lining and the main top before being sewn into place. When the top is then turned in the right way, the straps are encased within the lining and the main fabric making a neat finish.
Finally, hem the top.
Liz’s Top Tips for upcycling fabric:
- Are there any worn or thinner places to avoid?
- Are there any features you might want to include, or avoid - pockets/seams etc. In this case, the pillowcase sides were not enough fabric for the width of the top. I therefore included an original seam on both the front and the back but I put them on different sides to make it more of a feature.
- If including original features like seams or pockets, bear in mind that it will be more layers of fabric to sew through and can make it more difficult.
And here is the finished item, modelled in the small window of sunshine we had that day (baby accessory optional).