Nightcaps, although out of fashion with the advancement of modern heating, are still useful on many occasions. Nightcaps are useful on cold nights or when sick, but does it justify paying money for something hard to find? Rather than going without, make nightcaps from sleeves and pants legs cut from when making summer clothes. This article will look at what materials are available for making nightcaps from, and what to do after harvesting the nightcap.
To make the nightcap, select a cutoff sleeve or pants leg of a desired material that is comfortable and make sure it fits. Trim off or fold up any excess material off the bottom. Leave the top of the sleeve to flop over. Use a material as light or as heavy as desired for the nightcap. If cutting a garment specifically for a nightcap, test it first to make sure it will work. The following clothing accessories make good nightcaps.
Long sleeved T-shirts, turtlenecks, and similar clothing: The sleeves of long sleeved T-shirts are very comfortable as nightcaps, as are the sleeves from turtlenecks. The material is somewhat stretchy, allowing for adjusting between tight and loose fitting nightcaps. Long sleeved T-shirts make great sleeveless shirts. With alterations, both long sleeved T-shirts and turtlenecks can be made into tank tops. They, like all the shirts that will be mentioned, can also be made into pillowcases and shopping bags.
Light pants: Pants made out of T-shirt material or lightweight stretchy material can be cut to shorts and the cut pants legs used as nightcaps. This material can be very comfortable, both as shorts and as nightcaps. Wear the shorts in place of normal shorts or as pajamas.
Sweatshirts and hoodies: The sleeves of sweatshirts and hoodies make heavy nightcaps, so make these if warmth is desired. The same amount of warmth can be derived from doubling the long sleeved T-shirt sleeves, but if sweatshirt sleeves are lying around, it couldn’t hurt to experiment.
Sweaters: Sleeves from sweaters cut to sleeveless undershirts, sleeveless pajama tops, or other projects can be used as nightcaps. Some sleeves are very comfy while others are very warm. Select sleeves for the desired result. The sleeves may need to be hemmed if they unravel.
Sweatpants: Sweatpants legs make warm, comfortable nightcaps. Sweatpants shorts are useful as pajamas, gym shorts, and as normal shorts. Sweatpants legs often are better fitting than sleeve nightcaps, despite the material being less stretchy than other types of cloth.
Thermal material: The legs and sleeves of thermal underwear are very useful as warm nightcaps, and are very comfortable. Thermal sleeves should be tested first to make sure they are not too tight. Thermal legs usually make good nightcaps. Use the shorts and sleeveless thermal tops as pajamas and as a layer on warmer winter days.
These are the most common materials available for use as nightcaps. As the point of nightcaps is more staying warm than looks, using sleeves as nightcaps saves money and provides a use for otherwise unwanted material.