Pillowcase Dresses Tutorial (no images)

Pillowcase dresses are SO SIMPLE!!

5/22 - Genna

Yes, you can start with an actual pillowcase, but you don’t have to! In this case, I just cut some fabric, about twice as wide as she is big around. (So I measured her around the chest, and doubled it.) Sew up one side seam. Now you have a tube, right?

You can either hem the bottom (and you pick which side is the bottom, since when it’s just a tube, either side could be the bottom!) or you can add a length of seam binding, or make a decorative band with another fabric, whatever.

Once you get the bottom hemmed, focus on the top. Lay the dress out, you can put the seam in the back or on one side. Cut out armholes. Like this:

After the armholes are cut, you’ll see only ONE straight part of the fabric that’s not hemmed, right there, top front and top back, between the armholes. Make a casing out of each of those little flaps, just about 1/4-1/2 inch deep.

Now, you need to hem the armholes. You can just hem them, or you could use seam binding. I personally recommend seam binding.

Next, cut two lengths of seam binding long enough to thread through the casing and tie over each shoulder. I recommend sewing the seam binding closed for this purpose.

And you’re all done. Easy peasy.

If you want pictures, post here and I’ll take some and put them up.


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Our Family lives in central Iowa. We are Christians, conservatives, and crunchy granola heads. We love the outdoors, photography, and lindy hop. Turn ons are people who are polite, honesty, and really good root beer. Turn offs are mean people and people who make my life more difficult.

Posted on June 22, 2009, in Children, Clothing, Sewing, Tutorials. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. thanks for your tutorial

  2. That is great! thank you so much for the tutorial!!!!!

  3. This is great, I can’t wait to show this to my mom, she love making dresses for her grandchild and this information will be a big help for her, thanks, bookmark it now….have a nice day…

  4. I have five friends who are pregnant right now so I know at least SOME of those babies will be girls!!

    I’m going to make a few of these to give as gifts. They’ll love them.

    What a great idea, thanks!


  5. that is a pretty neat way to make a fast dress, there are a lot of older pillowcases that could be pretty cute. but it wouldn’t be hard to take fabric and make it pillowshaped before converting to a dress either.

  6. You are very precise. Thank you for this information.

  7. Thanks a lot for the great the tutorial. I cant wait to make one for my child.

  8. Any recommendation on what to do and what not to do? ,

  9. Who would have thought that pillowcases can turn out to be beautiful dresses for babies? Nice work you have here. It’s worth sharing to all the moms I know.

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