Mar 10, 2009

Do It Yourself Pillowcase Dress Instructions




Pillowcase Dress Instructions
12 months – 3T

You Will Need:
½ yard of 45” fabric
2 yards of grosgrain ribbon
Fray check

Let’s Get Started:
1. Match the selvage edges of your fabric, press the fold and cut the fabric along the fold. You should have 2 equal sections; 18” x 22 ½”.
2. Press a ¼” hem along each of the long edges of the front and the back. Fold over and press again to eliminate any raw edges. Stitch each hem.
3. Press down ¼” along the top (the edge that was the fold) of the front and the back. Press down another 1” to form the casing. If you are using larger ribbon, you will need to make a larger casing. Stitch.
4. With the right sides together, stitch the front and the back together starting at the bottom and stopping about 5 ½” from the top to leave an opening for the armholes. Go over the top of this stitch multiple times to prevent the seam from pulling apart.
5. Press open the seams of the inside of the dress.
6. Press the hem on the bottom of the dress about 1”, and then press up another 1” so that no selvage edge is visible. Stitch hem.
7. Cut your grosgrain ribbon into 1 yard strips. Apply fray check to the ends of the ribbons to prevent fraying.
8. Run the ribbon through the casing. Pull an equal amount of ribbon out of each end. Stitch the ribbon in place in the middle of the casing. Go over the stitch at least twice. Repeat the process for the back of the dress.

16 comments:

snarflemarfle said...

Well, these instructions rock! And guess who has to go to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to pick up a picture frame? I think I might just check out their fabric department on the way back to framing.

I can so do this!

Heather said...

if I only had a little girl to make one for now..... :(

it's so cute. ONE DAY, I will have a sewing machine and a little girl lmao!!! Sewing machine, no problem, little girl, that will take some work hahahahahaha

Amanda said...

Look at you being all crafty!!! I love it! Great job

~ A Moxie Mom said...

That is so cute! I'm going to HAVE to make this dress for my nieces. Do you have any suggestions for size 4T? I would like to make them all the same dress if possible.

Lisa said...

I would think that if you add a couple of inches to the width and length that you could easily get a bigger size.

Carrie said...

I know I am a little late on the pillowcase dress making, but my little girl just got big enough. I am looking forward to using your easy instructions and hopefully making one later this week. Thanks!

Azlemed said...

my two big girls want one, so I had to google it, and found your blog, I have 3 girls and a lil dude and am a 30 something mama too... now to find some fabric in my pile that will work for it.

Azlemed said...

my two big girls want one, so I had to google it, and found your blog, I have 3 girls and a lil dude and am a 30 something mama too... now to find some fabric in my pile that will work for it.

Anonymous said...

Wow! These are about the EASIEST instructions I have found, I have been searching long and hard for them!! Thanks so much for your helpful tips. Just bought some fabric today and hope to find more tomorrow. Will knock out at least two dresses this weekend!!

Donna said...

Thanks for the great instructions! Most of the pillowcase tutorials are for actual pillowcases. Thank you for measurements using fabric!

Mel said...

Hey thanks so much for your easy instructions. Just want to double check something though.... Your just sewing straight up to the armhole and leaving a straight edge opening for the arms???? This sounds great. Many of the patterns require that the little arms are cut outs - I tried this today and found that it was difficult to turn under the curved edge of the armhole and get a nice (unpuckered) hem in the armholes. If it's not necessary to cut them on a curve, that's going to be better!

Lisa said...

Exactly right! It's just a straight line. No armhole gathering or anything!

kbloems27 said...

So excited to try this. I am so not a sewer, but this couldn't be easier! Thanks for the easy to follow instructions!

DonnaF said...

Check out "Little Dresses for Africa" on the web. You can make lots of dresses if you really want - and shorts for boys. They go to orphanages.

Peg said...

Thanks for these easy-to-follow directions! I'm going to make this tonight in flannel as a jumper for my granddaughter. She wears a size 5, so I'm just going to make the fabric 3" longer. I'm also going to sew some up as summer dresses.

randi said...

This is exactly what I was looking for! I need a ladybug costume for my 7 yr old's class play ASAP and this is perfect! (might just make my 3 other girls one too!)