Taking thrift store clothes and garage sale jewelry, I re-create them into unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Saving resources can look very good indeed!
13 May 2007
Duvet Cover to Pillow Cases
OK, so not everything I remake is to be worn - by a person anyway. This remake is for my bed!
The backstory - in 1998, I bought a duvet cover for about $25 (on sale, of course!). It has served me well through the years, but a few years ago, I noticed it was faded and beginning to get some tears. The tears I patched as best I could, but it really needed to be replaced. However, I had trouble finding anything less than $50, and most of them I didn't like. So---I kept looking.
In March, while hitting the thrift stores to look for wardrobe for a movie I was helping with, I found one! In excellent condition, it was the right size, and - best of all - the place sold by the pound. So, my new-to-me duvet cover was under $5! YES!!!
The old cover, however, wasn't completely trashed. There was a lot of good fabric still in it, and I couldn't bring myself to throw it away. But what to do with it? It so happened that I also had a set of pillowcases that were getting threadbare and torn. So - make new pillowcases from the old cover!
It was a rather simple remake. I laid the old pillowcases on the duvet cover, and used them as a pattern, cutting extra to make them a bit larger and to allow for seams. I stitched up the sides, zig-zagged the opening, then turned it up and sewed a hem. Actually, I sewed a double seam to added "decoration". I've been using them for several weeks now, and I am very pleased with the results. Here a photo of the completed pillowcases in use. The color isn't quite right, but I think you get the idea.
And here is a detail of the hem. Sorry about the blurry photo, but I think you can get the idea!
Two more things - 1) there is still a lot of the fabric left, and I'm not sure what to do with it yet, but I'm hanging on to it for now. Surely inspiration will strike! and 2) the old pillowcases were not thrown away. Oh no, I found a use for that fabric as well. Taking my pinking shears, I cut them into squares to use to remove my eye makeup and nail polish. The fabric was really getting worn, so it won't matter if it tears up or not, but so far they seem to be holding up well.
So - before throwing something away, take the time to think of any alternate uses for the item - or the materials that make the item. I spent under $5 to buy the new-to-me duvet cover, and in the process got new pillowcases and new make-up remover pads.