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I normally hate IKEA, but...

28 June 2006, 20:53

…it was just before closing time and there was some cute fabric I wanted to grab (and the boy wanted some pear cider from the Swedish shop) so I allowed myself to be dragged into the 9th circle of hell, just this once. Across the warehouse-wasteland expanse of the store, a bold red print called out to me. But on further inspection, the print belonged to just some pillowcases. How disappointing!

Or, what if I could somehow turn those pillowcases into something wonderful? It took an evening, but out of two pillowcases and a bit of bias binding, this skirt emerged (and because the pillowcases each had a zipper, I’ve got an extra now!):

It hangs really nice over the hips, and has got a self-facing in lieu of a waistband. Hurrah for pillowcases! Though it’s still not likely to get me into another IKEA anytime soon.

Interested in more of my Ikea hacks?

Ikea table runner into a skirt and bag

Ikea pillowcases into placemats

Ikea shower curtain into a dress

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  1. wow! that looks so much nicer as a skirt than as an ugly pillow!!

    — sabrina    Jul 2, 04:13 PM    #
  2. Get. OUT. That is the most fabulous skirt with an even better story behind it. My god, I wish I had your creativity.

    — Teri    Sep 14, 08:51 PM    #
  3. wow! i love it. was wondering if i can post this on ikeahacker – a blog dedicated to ikea hacks. :)

    jules    Sep 28, 03:03 AM    #
  4. Great transformation, fantastic skirt!

    Heather Bailey    Nov 14, 08:18 AM    #
  5. I always liked that pillow too – Actually I guess I really like furniture textiles and always wish they’d make the same patterns for dress fabrics…but you look great in that pillowcase! Well done!

    — Henriette    Mar 21, 03:10 PM    #
  6. OMG, I grabbed up a pillowcase last time I dragged hubby there, and held it up – perfect! He rolled his eyes like I was insane! But you and I know it works!!!

    — Jinx    Jul 4, 04:55 AM    #

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