DIY Vestments from Pillowcases- No Sew!

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This is definitely my first (and probably my last) DIY post because I am not a very crafty person.  The only reason this is even going up on my blog is because of how proud of am that I was able to make this for Chubs for Christmas. It is a perfect project for the lazy Mom out there… er.. I mean the Mom out there who can’t sew (show of hands??) and because it’s no-sew is why it worked out splendid for me!

These are stoles and matching altar cloths I made from pillowcases I found at Goodwill. So I spent about 4 dollars on the pillowcases, one in each liturgical color (green, purple, white, and red) and each case makes one stole and one altar cloth. A little snipping, ripping and clipping and bam! It was done. Sure they aren’t anything to write home about, but for a toddler playing Mass, it gets the job done and it saves YOU precious time so you go back to doing other important things like reading this blog, or wiping down counters again.

In addition to the linens,I am so grateful to have found these free printables from Catholic Inspired! One is a book explaining the different articles of the priest’s vestments, what they are called, what prayer they pray when they put it on— so beautiful! Then I printed off the coloring sheets, and laminated them into a flash card matching game. Of course my favorite was the “What Color is the Priest’s Chasuble?” project! Like I said, I downloaded them, printed them out and laminated them for durability. (Do you have a laminator? This one is $18 and it is awesome!!)

So for under $5 you can make your sons a pretty neat Mass activity kit. And if you scour your local Salvation Army or Goodwill, you can piece together an entire Mass kit for under $20.

First you will need a plain ol' pillowcase, buy a couple extra if you want to practice. Or use some old ones you have hiding in your linen closet.

First you will need a plain ol’ pillowcase, buy a couple extra if you want to practice. Or use some old ones you have hiding in your linen closet.

Cheap at Goodwill!
Cheap at Goodwill!

You want to cut off the open end. In one big, long cut, after the nice seam.

You want to cut off the open end. In one big, long cut, after the nice seam.

Go ahead and cut it off.

Go ahead and cut it off.

Ok, now you should have 2 pieces. One will be the stole and the other, the altar cloth

Ok, now you should have 2 pieces. One will be the stole and the other, the altar cloth

Ok, this is what your piece should look like that you just cut off. Now make sure that seam is at the top.

See this part right here? That seam? Don't cut that, leave that so it hangs nicely over the shoulders. But you are going to cut the stole in half on the opposite end of that.
See this part right here? That seam? Don’t cut that, leave that so it hangs nicely over the shoulders. But you are going to cut the stole in half on the opposite end of that.
And snip the opposite end, with NO seam. Like this. Just snip it in half. Easy peasy.

And snip the opposite end, with NO seam. Like this. Just snip it in half. Easy peasy.

Look at how easy that was!

Look at how easy that was!

Now, you're just going to cut open the pillowcase ( all 3 seams)until it is a square

Now, you’re just going to cut open the pillowcase ( all 3 seams)until it is a square

You can either cut or just rip 3 seams open.

You can either cut or just rip 3 seams open.

That's it!

That’s it!

Now as for the rest of the Mass kit, printables and finished altar cloth products:

Coloring page laminated and turned into a matching game

Coloring page laminated and turned into a matching game

Printed from Catholic Inspired and laminated, hole punched and put an old shower curtain ring through for a flip book!

Printed from Catholic Inspired and laminated, hole punched and put an old shower curtain ring through for a flip book!

All found at Goodwill! The tiny candlesticks held emergency candles (from Dollar Tree) perfectly!

All found at Goodwill! The tiny candlesticks held emergency candles (from Dollar Tree) perfectly!

Snagged this from Michael's on sale for $14. Standing on it works for storage the Mass kit and also as a Tabernacle.

Snagged this from Michael’s on sale for $14. It works for storingthe Mass kit and also when it’s standing up, doubles  as a Tabernacle.

Tabernacle!

Tabernacle!

Finished stoles. I used Dollar Tree  puffy glitter paint to spruce them up... Patent is a candle plate I found at Goodwill

Finished stoles. I used Dollar Tree puffy glitter paint to spruce them up… Patent is a candle plate I found at Goodwill

Everything pictured (except printables and chest) found at Goodwill for about $20

Everything pictured (except printables and chest) found at Goodwill for about $20

Finished product!

Finished product!

And there you go. (Yes, I know he's wearing the wrong vestments, but it's the only one he's got) :)

And there you go. (Yes, I know he’s wearing the wrong vestments, but it’s the only one he’s got) 🙂

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7 thoughts on “DIY Vestments from Pillowcases- No Sew!

  1. This is so fabulous! I have been gathering goodies for my own mass kit all summer. I can’t wait to share it with my grandkids someday!

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