Some Pillow Talk

July 30, 2009

As I was going through closets and drawers, organizing, of course, I came across a large pile of sheets that had not been used in a long time. I packed them into the bag to donate, and then realized that the fabric was perfect for a few sewing projects.


The sheets were actually favorites of mine, but apparently my hubby was not into large flowers adorning our bed, so I must have tucked them away for a later time.

So, what to do with king size sheets? Pajamas of course!!!!!


I love pajamas, and I am pretty sure that I have many a blog post to prove that. First, I just love to hang out around the house in fun lounge pants, and also, who could possibly have too many pairs of pajamas????


Once I was done with the PJ’s, I was staring at the mound of pillow cases on my sewing table, and I knew that they would make some cool little tote bags for my night time knitting, or a fun overnight when I stay at my parent’s house.

The cool thing about using a pillow case to make a tote is that if you use the open side of the case, you already have a great hem for the bags, and all that you need to do is attach the handles to the top. Seriously, this was about a 20 minute project, and it yielded a fun little bag that I am sure will have many uses.


Repurposing is a ton of fun. Finding new ways to use old items seems like the perfect way to live simply and creatively. I have a ton more sheets, and I see a lot more pajamas in my future, as well as my kiddos.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Tammy July 30, 2009 at 8:38 pm

That is a really neat way to use your old sheets! Although, I can understand why those may not be manly enough for the husband :)

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Stacy (S.E.W.Butterfly) July 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I love it! I love it!

I also use sheets for tops/dresses for my daughter and for aprons.

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Gina July 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm

These are great! Beautiful fabric

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Kayla July 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I love your sheet projects! Very cute. I want to try making pajama pants. Do you have a pattern you like to use?

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stacyZ July 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Love these this is gorgeous!

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Kristyn Knits July 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I love your repurposed items! how wonderfully beautiful on you! found you via larissa and lisa q.
enjoyed your post!

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Heather July 30, 2009 at 11:48 pm

I use Heather Ross' Weekend sewing book (which I am pretty sure you have Stacy). I love her book, and the pants are SOOOO simple. You could also just trace your favorite PJ pants and use that.

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Allegra July 31, 2009 at 2:38 am

love the pants!

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Kayla July 31, 2009 at 3:15 am

I just put in a request for Weekend Sewing at my library. I can't wait to check it out!

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kyndale July 31, 2009 at 4:10 am

I lOVE those lounge pants Heather!! I have to confess that in the summer, I stay in my pajamas for a good portion of the morning :) Happy lounging!

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Heather July 31, 2009 at 4:27 am

Kayla, you are going to LOVE it. I am also looking forward to getting my hands on Amanda Soule's new book, which I hear has a TON of repurposed patterns to enjoy.

Kyndale, there is nothing better, is there? :)

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Grace July 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm

So cute, and what a good idea on the tote bag!

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julesinseach July 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm

I have a stash of "OLD LADY" sheets that I am in love with that have been banished to the attic by my husband…Apparently "romantic" is in the eye of the beholder.

Laura and I use a lot of thrifted floral sheets for our sewing of little girl dresses. They are so girlie and pretty.

Curious…Are you reading this

http://3191ayearofmornings.com/mornings/

in the photo by chance? I've been meaning to read it.

Happy lounging.

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The Glover Family Years July 31, 2009 at 3:05 pm

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Heather July 31, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Wow, thank you! I would love that.

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Its_Lily July 31, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I was helping a friend clean out his Dad's house after he moved to an assisted living center and some of the items said friend was going to toss were these beautiful flowery and lacy sheets. I snagged every one of them and brought them home to repurpose. They feel so wonderful.

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Jasie VanGesen July 31, 2009 at 5:43 pm

sheets make THE BEST pajama pants. I recently made a pair for my son and I adore how the top pf the sheet gives you a ready made hem.

http://www.bytheseatofourpants.com/2009/07/festivity.html

^I posted a picture of the pants in that entry!

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I am Arizona; a person, not a place. August 1, 2009 at 1:11 am

I love the print on the sheets! What a great way to repurpose them!

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Sigrun August 1, 2009 at 1:38 am

What a wonderful idea. It makes me wish I had some nice old sheets laying around. But then…there's always the Thrift Shop. I will check them out when I donate my other stuff that you haven't given me any ideas for. :o)

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Kelly and Kelly August 1, 2009 at 2:12 am

I love this idea – they are both super cute!

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larissa August 1, 2009 at 2:33 am

heather, those pants look so cute on you – love the burgundy flowers. and that tote looks like something out of a shabby chic catalog – so good. i am off to seach for old sheets!

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Green Acres in the City August 1, 2009 at 3:23 am

I am so going through the linen closet tomorrow. I know I should have cleaned it out long ago. Maybe I can use the flannel sheets for diapers. Hmmm…Maybe a new outlet!

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Elizabeth August 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I love the idea…you pajamas are awesome.

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Elizabeth August 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm

what a great idea …your pajamas are awesome. thanks for sharing!

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Heather August 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Wow, thank you all so much for the cool comments. It has been a lot of fun for me to read how everyone repurposes, and of course, that we all have sheets that we can use for some fun ideas. I can not wait to see what everyone creates :). Happy weekend

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