How to make a pillowcase dress: A Pillowcase Dress is a perfect beginner sewing project! Learn how to sew a Pillowcase Dress with this free pattern & tutorial!
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How to make a Pillowcase Dress
When it comes to sewing, I really like projects that are quick, simple and cute. A Pillowcase Dress is an excellent example of a “quick and cute” type sewing project!
I often refer to my style of sewing as “instant gratification sewing.” To me, there’s nothing better than spending an hour or two at the sewing machine and creating something my little girl will love (and look super cute in, lol.) I will say, I’ve learned (the hard way) to listen to her opinions and sew with fabrics she likes- nothing more disappointing that her refusing to wear something I made!
When I first got back into sewing, I remember being nervous about sewing without a pattern or having to make my own pattern. So, if you’re new to sewing or just picking it back up after many years, I know exactly how you feel! The good news is, for this tutorial, I’ve included a printable pattern for this pillowcase dress that you can download and print and step by step instructions (with photos) for you to follow.
Pillowcase dresses are designed to be kind of one size fits all and to grow with the girl (from a dress to a top.) I wanted this pillowcase dress to better fit a range of sizes, so there are two different pattern sizes: 2t to 5 and 6 to 8.
(My little missy was having such a good time tossing around all the blooms from Nana’s flowers. Good thing Nana wasn’t home to see it, ha ha…)
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a basic pillowcase dress with a ruffle bottom and give you a few options such as a contrasting top, a solid dress or banded bottom and a different tie/strap option.
Fabric requirements will vary based on the style you choose and size. For a bigger girl, (dress size 6 and up,) you might wish to add width to your pillowcase dress, which will double the amount of fabric needed.
Notice how our size 6 dress is kind of narrow in width? I opted not to use extra fabric and could only make the skirt as wide as the fabric, which was about 42 inches. Don’t worry though, I’ve included a little chart along with the tutorial to help you determine how much fabric is needed.)
Are you ready to learn how to sew a Pillowcase Dress?