Pillowcase Dress from Fat Quarters

Every month a group of bloggers are challenged by C'mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! Everyone is allowed a $10 allowance for necessities to complete their project (i.e. paint brushes, glue, etc), but the bulk of it must be created from their own stash of goodies. This month I decided to make a Pillowcase Dress from Fat Quarters

Pillowcase Dress from Fat Quarters from www.thisautoimmunelife.com for February craft destash #craftdestash #pillowcasedress #fatquarter #baby

Pillowcase Dress From Fat Quarters

I made this for my granddaughter who will be 1 in May. I am estimating that she will be between a 12 month and 18 month size this summer.


2 Print Fat Quarters (same print)
1 Solid Color Fat Quarter to coordinate with print
1 ½ - 2 yards coordinating 7/8" ribbon
Thread to match
Optional: bias tape to match print fabric


You can use this chart to make your measurements. I got this chart from The Polka Dot Chair but if you search on Pinterest you can find others. I looked at several and averaged it out to estimate my measurements.


Step 1:

Put the 2 pattern pieces of fabric together. If your fabric has a pattern, put them right sides together making sure the pattern is going the same direction. Otherwise it doesn't matter. Fold them in half so that your fabric is 9" wide. Cut desired length off bottom. I cut mine so that it was 15" inches long. Draw your armhole using the above dimensions then cut it out. Cut the solid piece of fabric for your band. Since my opened print fabric is 18" wide, I cut mine 18" wide and 5 " wide. You will need 2 of these.

pillowcase dress step 1

Step 2:

Pin the solid bands, right sides together on the bottom of each piece of the dress. Sew using a 5/8" seam. Trim seam and iron open. Pin the 2 dress pieces with right sides together. Sew from under arm hole to the bottom of the dress in a 5/8" seam. Trim seam and iron open. For the arm holes, either sew bias tape along the arm hole or iron and sew a small 1/2" seam. I had to cut the arm hole a little after I had sewn the front to back to make it curve a little more at the bottom.

pillowcase dress collage 2

Step 3:

Fold under and iron 1/2" along the top on both the front and back. Fold under and iron another 1". Sew along the bottom edge to make a casing for the ribbon. Using a safety pin, thread ribbon through the front casing and around through back casing. Tie a bow from the ribbon and trim as needed. To keep the ribbon from unraveling you can use some clear nail polish or some fray check.

pillowcase dress collage 3

I had all the fabric (purchased from Hobby Lobby) and thread so the only thing I had to purchase was the ribbon. It is grosgrain that was on sale at Joann. The roll was $2.50 and I only used part of the roll.

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  1. Projects like this make me want to get a sewing game together. I have such little skill and so want to improve it!

  2. This is so adorable. And easy also. What a clever idea.

  3. This is definitely an easy project to start with!

  4. I love sewing pillow case dresses, but haven't in a while. Yours is absolutely darling! What cute fabrics! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  5. The dress is adorable and your grand daughter will look so precious in it.

  6. I made so many things for my girls when they were little, but I only made one pillow case dress! This is such an easy way to make a dress, I'm surprised I didn't make a ton of these.

  7. This is such a pretty outfit! Your children's clothes are always adorable.

  8. I always loved these pillowcase dresses, but I'm pretty sure my two boys would have protested. :) Your instructions are fantastic, maybe I can work on one for my friend's little girl!

  9. I don't have any grand children or young girls in my life but my niece lived with us when she was little and I loved making clothes for her! This is so cute and adorable and it brings back fond memories! Love it!

  10. Adorable dress! The cupcake fabric is really cute!

  11. I used to love to make these dresses for my girls when they were little! As they got older, we often went back to the smaller ones and they wore them as tops with shorts or leggings!


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