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Eucalypt PJ’s

Eucalypt PJ's

Old sheets are some of my favourite materials to use when testing a new pattern. If you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning you are probably well accustomed to my love for raiding the linen closet when sewing. I love them because they’re cheap – so i don’t have to worry about wasting them – which is important since i sew a ridiculous number of samples before a pattern is finalised. But i also love them for the prints – vintage prints are amazing, and more often than not i’ll find a way to incorporate these little samples into my wardrobe.

Case and point – this is one of the Eucalypt samples – made from a thrifted sheet. I think this sheet cost me $3 or something ridiculously low – and i’ve used it to test SO many things. Since the print is so cute, and the cotton is so soft, this one almost immediately ended up in my pajama rotation. It’s one of my favourite pieces of sleepwear, i love how unique it is – and of course i love that it’s handmade.

Sure there are some imperfections (wonky bias binding application anyone?) – but i’m cool with it, they are pajamas after all :) No need to kill yourself over the details every.single.time – am i right?!

I’ve been really excited to see how many people have used their Eucalypt pattern to create sleep nighties and tanks. I think it makes for an instantly cute sleepwear collection, but then again i’m biased!

Link up if you’ve made your Eucalypt into PJ’s!

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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10 years ago

I’m totally with you on this one. Much cheaper than buying muslin! Although, I tend to get my sheets from our local thrift store so I always have to wash them well…and sometimes when ironing a funky musty smell will come wafting out…..

10 years ago

i do the same thing. vintage sheets for muslins. great minds think alike.

10 years ago

I have done this in the past, but I’m not sure how to make sure the pieces are cut on the bias? I’m a fair newbie so only really know how to cut it off the selvage :)

10 years ago

I use sheets too, but not even vintage – I just use our old ones when I decide it’s time for new ones!! I can’t give them to Lifeline, it just seems a bit wrong to give them something that isn’t good enough for me, so I just use them for muslins. Getting low on muslin fabric though…hmmm…perhaps a new bedroom colour scheme is in order ;)

10 years ago

I just picked up an amazing thrift store cotton duvet cover knowing I’ll make something fabulous from it but not sure what… and now I think I know!

10 years ago

This is so, so cute! I love it! I had really similar sheets as a kid. :)

10 years ago

how cute !

10 years ago

Great idea! So feminine!

F. K.
10 years ago

These are really beautiful! I have tried a couple times to look for sheets to practice on but have trouble finding ones I like in thrift stores, I don’t know if it’s the area or just me, but it’s frustrating! Haha. :)

F. K.
10 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Oh yeh, I am in a pretty small city. The thrift stores here make me miss living in San Antonio! But I make due. ;P

I don’t know if there’s a side of town here that has more retirees than the rest, I will have to find out!

Thanks for the tips!