Friday, June 8, 2012

Quick and Cute Pillowcase Dress

This idea is NOT new... the simple project has been around generations, and you can find many variations online. I found the basic instructions at the charity Little Dresses for Africa, and have permission to share them here. I believe this is an easy and cute way to add a handmade special item of clothes for a little girl. Because of the way they are created, as they grow short they can be worn with pants as well.Whether these dresses are made for OCC shoeboxes or other children in need, I know they will be a blessing!


 Supplies: new or gently used pillowcase, 12-16 inches of 1/2 inch elastic, 2 yards of coordinating bias trim (or make your own)

1.      Cut the sewn end of the pillow case top off leaving the hem. The length determines size.

2.      Fold the pillowcase in half and cut out the arm holes so they will be the same on each side. The measurements depend on the size of the pillow case but it’s about 4 inches down and 2 inches in.

3.      Fold down the top strips about 3/8″ and stitch a casing. Slide a 6-8″ piece of elastic at the top of the back and front, so it will be gathered, stitch in place.

4.      Finish the arm holes with double biased tape leaving enough at the ends to tie at the shoulders. Edgestitch tie portion along length and finish ends.
Add pockets or trim if you want to be creative.

Small = 2, 3, and 4  (16-22 inches long)
Medium = 5, 6, and 7 (24-28 inches long)
Large = 8,9, and 10 (30-34 inches long)

The above pictured dresses are from Creations from my Heart, who created these lovely dresses for Little Dresses for Africa. 

1 comment:

  1. I am excited to start making these. I plan to make them for OCC and for Dress A Girl Around the World ministry. Thanks for sharing the detailed instructions.