How to Make a Pillowcase Dress

Learn how to make a plain pillowcase dress using your sewing machine. These are popular and super cute a great way to use up small cuts of fabric. Embellish with ruffles, trim, embroidery, etc.

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How to Make a Pillowcase Dress
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Measure and cut fabric: 18 inches for size 12/24 months.  20inches for size 2/3T.  22 inches for size 4/5.

Measure and cut fabric: 18 inches for size 12/24 months. 20inches for size 2/3T. 22 inches for size 4/5.

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Cut off the printed selvedges.

Cut off the printed selvedges.

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Zigzag with your sewing machine or serge the raw edges...

Zigzag with your sewing machine or serge the raw edges...

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....like this.

....like this.

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Fold over 1/2- 3/4 inches.  You can pin or press if you like....

Fold over 1/2- 3/4 inches. You can pin or press if you like....

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But I just use the markings on the throat plate of my machine.

But I just use the markings on the throat plate of my machine.

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Fold the dress in half, right sides together.  The bottom hem needs to match up, it isn't as important at the top.

Fold the dress in half, right sides together. The bottom hem needs to match up, it isn't as important at the top.

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Sew or serge the side seam, then lay the dress flat with the seam on the right (reverse this if you are cutting lefty!)

Sew or serge the side seam, then lay the dress flat with the seam on the right (reverse this if you are cutting lefty!)

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Fold the left to the right like this- now the fabric is four thick, with a seam and a fold on top of each other on the right.

Fold the left to the right like this- now the fabric is four thick, with a seam and a fold on top of each other on the right.

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At the top right corner, cut a notch for the armholes, about 1x4 inches.  Exact measurement isn't important.  Cut through all four layers so your armholes are even and symmetrical.....

At the top right corner, cut a notch for the armholes, about 1x4 inches. Exact measurement isn't important. Cut through all four layers so your armholes are even and symmetrical.....

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...like this.

...like this.

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Serge or zig zag your raw armholes.

Serge or zig zag your raw armholes.

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Then, working from the wrong side, fold in 1/4- 3/8 inch of fabric and stitch down....

Then, working from the wrong side, fold in 1/4- 3/8 inch of fabric and stitch down....

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....so it looks like this.

....so it looks like this.

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Serge or zigzag the raw top edges.....

Serge or zigzag the raw top edges.....

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...Then fold and stitch down about an inch for your ribbon casing.

...Then fold and stitch down about an inch for your ribbon casing.

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Cut and seal 2 pieces of ribbon- each about a yard long.

Cut and seal 2 pieces of ribbon- each about a yard long.

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Attach a large safety pin to feed through casing.

Attach a large safety pin to feed through casing.

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Feed ribbon through both casings at the top front and back of the dress.

Feed ribbon through both casings at the top front and back of the dress.

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Embellish your dress with applique....

Embellish your dress with applique....

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...ruffles....

...ruffles....

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...and/or trim.  Enjoy!

...and/or trim. Enjoy!

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