Sleeves cut from long sleeved shirts can be sewn together to make pillowcases. By making pillowcases from sleeves, you can create different patterns and textures, which often matches or compliments the quilt. This article will describe how to make a pillowcase out of cut-off sleeves.
To make a pillowcase, approximately four to six sleeves will be needed. Line up the sleeves to make a square. This is done by pointing the first sleeve in one direction and having the next sleeve be of similar length face exactly the opposite way. Sleeves are somewhat triangular and will interlock. Both sleeves of a pair can be used back to back, or different sleeves can be used. Sleeves should be of similar material; use sleeves from long sleeved T-shirts or turtlenecks for a lightweight pillowcase and sleeves from sweatshirts and sweaters for a heavier pillowcase.
Cut open the sides of all but the first sleeve. Leave the end side of the first sleeve intact and cut open the other side. The end side will serve as the bottom of the pillowcase, and there is no sense cutting open the side just to sew it back together again. Cutting open the sleeves allows each side of the sleeve to serve as part of each side of the pillowcase.
Take the second sleeve and flip it over on top of the end sleeve as if it were on a hinge. With the insides of both pieces facing away and the outsides facing each other, sew the two layers of cloth together. Repeat with the rest of the sleeves on that side of the pillowcase. Turn the pillowcase over sideways, and then flip each bottom sleeve half end-wise to land on top of the pillow case. This recreates the scene you just sewed up, allowing you to repeat the sewing on the back. You now have a long sheet of cloth folded in half. Unfold and fold over backwards to make both outside faces of the pillowcase face each other. Sew together the sides of the pillowcase, then turn the now-completed inside-out pillowcase right side out.
Pillowcases made from sleeves add a different pattern and texture to the bedroom, complimenting pillowcases made from the shirts the sleeves were cut from. They also save money on the linen budget as they are free, while using material that otherwise would go to waste.