Simple DIY Ruffled Pillowcase (upcycled swaddling blanket}

Well, it’s official, my little lady is getting big. She turned three today, and although she moved to a “big girl” toddler bed and potty trained months ago, this day still feels monumental. Unlike anything my boys ever requested, she asked our college babysitter to paint her toenails and fingernails. As a girl who did not once paint my nails until college, this is uncharted terrain for sure.

Ahem, but I digress.

00 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle

So, while my sweet pea leaves behind so many bits and pieces of being a baby, a few can live on with new purpose!

Here’s how to quickly and easily turn a swaddling blanket into a mini pillowcase:

01 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle layout

If you are like me, you have gobs of these sweet, lightweight, flannel swaddling blankets left over from your baby’s babyhood. To turn one into a pillowcase, simply start by folding it over along one side about six-to-eight inches (leaving the pretty patterned side facing out).

03 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle trim and fold

Fold the folded-in blanket in half (like above) and trim off the extra fabric from the bottom and left down to the size of the pillow.

02 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle measure and trim

To “measure,” I just lay the pillow form on top of the fabric lined up to one corner along the folded side and eyeball it to cut off the extra from the bottom and side. Alternatively, you could measure the pillow form seam to seam, and add a half inch or so to measurements to account for hem and pillow loft.

03 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle pre sew

Then unfold it back to this (but with the extra cut off now), and sew straight along the fold line. [That way, your envelope closure will stay in place when you use it and not turn inside-out or stick out of your finished pillow.]

04 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle construction

Okay, so here is the most important picture: it’s all you really need to see to pull this off. You already have a “finished edge” along the top because it’s a fold. Simply sew along the left-hand side and along the bottom to make a simple pillowcase.

05 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle side sew

The ruffle trim is not necessary, but a nice detail. You could simply sew a straight seam right around the opening. I used a zig-zag stitch to attach the ruffle while seaming the pillowcase.

Wait, did I just say ruffles are not necessary? Oof, I must be tired. Starting to talk crazy up in here.

06 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle fold open

And that’s it! Slip the pillow form in…

07 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle inside fold

…and then pull one flap or the other over the pillow to tuck it in with cuteness.

09 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle ruffle trim

So even from the side, the pillow looks pretty on Sis’s bed.

10 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle after

And shazaam! You have a happy [but functional] keepsake, and she has a snuggly soft new pillowcase.

00 swaddle to pillowcase upcycle

This project meets the trifecta of crafty goodness for me: cheap, fast, and easy… OH! And adorable. Let’s not forget adorable. So… quadfecta??

Hmm, either way, wheeeeee! AND this would also be a fantastic way to upcycle a keepsake shirt (maybe from camp, school, or an event into a functional but attractive item for your child’s room, yes?!


You might also like…

LINK How To Make A Picture Frame Pillowcase {for a keepsake t-shirt or picture}

LINK DIYer’s Home Tour Little Girl’s Bedroom

LINK The Totally Fast & Simple Tutorial To Turn A T-Shirt Into A Little Girl’s Dress


2 responses to “Simple DIY Ruffled Pillowcase (upcycled swaddling blanket}

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