Pillowcase Dresses

Thursday I spent the day with my nieces for no reason in particular. I gave my sister the day off. Her house is clean and mine was an absolute wreck. We had so much fun making the mess though. We spent time making pillowcase dresses. ย They were such great helpers. ย I used something similar to this website: Cut Out and Keep. I didn’t use an actual pillowcase though. However, I might just have to start visiting the local second-hand stores. It would have been so much easier! Not nearly as much hemming.


Here is a quick run-down of how I made them. Sorry I didn’t take pictures along the way. I wasn’t going to blog about it, but then I had so many questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

1.I basically just cut 2 rectangles (making my own pillowcase). Measuring the girls from the top of their neck, to just below their knees (for the length). I made the rectangles wide enough to just wrap around them just a bit, not the whole way. (Allowing room for all the hemming that had to happen).

2. I cut out the arms as showed in the blog mentioned above and then hemmed the arms.

3.I sewed the two dress pieces together (inside out so you cannot see the sewing).

4. Then I just hemmed the top of the dress.I already hemmed the arm areas, so it makes for a nice hem when you sew the top. I made the back of the dress slightly higher than the front. Make sure you don’t sew the hem shut, that is where the ribbon needs to slide through.

5. Then I hemmed the bottom of the dress to the correct length.

6. I fit a ribbon through both hems and I simply tied them together.


Here is what I learned-

  • You only need 1 yard of fabric per child (I had extra left over).
  • I used 3 yards of ribbon for both dresses and the cute belt.
  • It helps to have a shirt or tank top in their size to cut the arm holes. Otherwise you have to keep holding it up to them and they get a bit annoyed. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • These dresses are extremely forgiving. If you use too much fabric.. too little… you can’t really tell.
  • Your arm holes really don’t matter either if they are too large or too small because the ribbon at the top will adjust all of that. You can just tie the ribbon tighter or give a little more to make them bigger.
  • Sometimes a girl will want accessories and think the dress is not quite ‘fashionable’ enough. So I did make a matching belt and a headband for the purple dress. There was enough fabric for that too.
  • Finally, I would recommend using an actual pillowcase to save time.


Total cost of both dresses was $6.00 because I already had the thread and I got the fabric on clearance. Great deal! ๐Ÿ™‚