IKEA textiles and fabrics get made into cool apparels

ikea clothing

I received quite a few emails on clothing made from IKEA duvet covers, blankets, fabrics.

Obviously, not very hack-y (for lack of a better word) but I thought we’ll have some IKEA runway fun.

Though we don’t normally associate IKEA with apparels but some have found ways to wear their IKEA. The bright, happy IKEA pillowcases, table runners, curtains, duvets, you name it, get a fashion makeover. 

1. IKEA Quilt Covers made into clothes

This is from Lynsey Searle who made a cute little skirt for her 3 year old from an IKEA Korall Manet quilt cover.

duvet cover top

Another one from quilt covers. Katja made a fresh summer tunic from the Bibbi Snurr.

hippo jacket

Shawnee takes a kid-sized duvet cover to the machine and out comes this hippo jacket. Or a pretty kids dress.

IKEA textile

2. IKEA Fleece blanket hacks

Moving on, we have two more using the IKEA Polarvide fleece throw.

ikea longhorn scarf

Charlotte made a made a shawl for her friend using the blanket. She calls the shawl the ‘longhorn’ as it reminds her of a texas longhorn. “I drew circles on a water soluble stabilizer. With felting wool and an embellisher machine I felted black dots. I cut them out and felted them on the shawl. In doing so I had more control over the form. The red cables are wet-felted and then attached to the shawl with the machine.”

polarvide poncho

And next we have a clever IKEA hack by Jennie’s mom. “She took a polarvide blanket, and cut a hole in the middle to make a shawl. I like how the decorative edge built into the blanket is really highlighted, and she even created a little collar.

It is so simple, but so functional. If you like curling up in a blanket, you know that even when you get up from the sofa, you want to stay wrapped up in the blanket… This way the blanket doesn’t fall, you don’t have to hold it up, you have more flexibility than in a robe, and the length is just perfect so it does not get in the way of your hands if you want to do something like make breakfast…

Even though IKEA sells ponchos, this version is a much cheaper solution. the Polarvide is only $3.99. Mom has them in several colors!” Link to Jennie’s flickr.

3. Clothing sewn from IKEA fabric

This “crazy picnic dress”, as Andrea avery calls it, is made of the Belinda fabric. “I made it from a pattern. I can’t figure out where in your house you’d want to have anything made out of a fabric this loud, but it sure suits this 1960s-style emma peel-esque dress.” Link to Andrea’s flickr set.

IKEA clothing

Kerri joined a club at school that used to be called “the future homemakers of America” but has since changed its name to something more politically correct. Clubs weren’t her thing but they had a fashion competition, so she thought she’d give it a shot.

“I didn’t want to be conventional,” she says, “I wanted to make something as outlandish and absurd as I could. So where did I head to for my fabric? Ikea, of course! I bought this crazy, colorful floral print fabric and turned it into a fabulous, twirly skirt!”

ikea table runner skirt

Melissa is back again with a skirt made from a table runner (name unknown). She even had enough fabric left over for a shopping bag.

Alina makes with her skirt from IKEA curtain fabric. While on maternity leave, she hemmed this up just in time to go back to work in. It’s from McCalls pattern M4519 and the fabric used is the Inez Blad. Buttons are wooden, which give it a nice touch. She also made a cute, matching Inez Blad handbag.

4. IKEA Pillowcases hacked into apparels

IKEA pillowcase girls dress

Mirre makes this adorable little top from the Alvine Spira pillowcase. I’ve always liked the embroidery on that pillow too and now, in this top it is just too cute. The back uses ribbons. The pleats from the pillowcase became the hem. See the pattern she used and how she put it together is on kisskus.

IKEA Pillowcase skirt

Melissa wrote, “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.”

5. IKEA textiles for little girls’ dresses

ikea fabric for girls dresses

Alexa says, “Here are my daughters, Lena and Maria, in their IKEA dresses. Maria’s is in Gunvor‘s small orange ‘watermelon’ pattern fabric. I couldn’t find Lena’s fabric in the 2008 catalog. (I suppose we’ll have to go back and get Lena some Lena fabric, along with a few yards of Sofia for her cousin.) Both get comments wherever we go. They were both done with patterns I drew up myself. I used the larger print of Gunvor watermelons to make baby slings as well.