Friday, May 11, 2012

My Very Own Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I scored this beautiful vintage pillowcase at one of my favorite thrift stores.  It was 50 cents, and I couldn't have been more excited.  I knew that I wanted to make a dress for my favorite toddler.  To my utter dismay, I struggled to find a single tutorial that showed me how to make a pillowcase dress out of an actual pillowcase.  They were all tutorials on how to make a dress that looked like it was made out of a pillowcase.

So I pulled out my sewing kit and determined to figure it out myself.  And--ta da!--I think it came out stinkin' adorable.


Here's the how-to:

  • The first thing I did was measure how long I wanted it to be.  I measured baby from her collarbone down to about where I wanted the dress to end.  For my tiny toddler, that was about 17 inches.  
  • I added about two inches to that (for the pocket that the ribbon'll run through at the end) and cut off the top, so that you're left with a tube of fabric.  You want the open part of the pillowcase--the part that's already hemmed and pretty--at her feet.  
  • After cutting off the top, I folded the pillowcase in half and cut a J for her armholes.  I forgot to take a picture of this step.  But when it's opened, you're going to have a hole like this on each side for her arms: 

Sorry that I'm sideways! 
  • The next step is my absolute least favorite--hemming.  You have to hem all the way around both arm holes:
This is no fun. 
  • Once you've got the arm holes hemmed all the way around, the rest is super easy.  You just have to create the pocked for the ribbon to run through along the top.  I folded the top of the pillowcase on each side down about a quarter of an inch, ironed, then folded it another inch or so down, as so:
Pin and sew!
Remember to leave the ends open to slip
the ribbon through. 
My machine has all kinds of fun stitches, so I picked a fun decorative one to run across the top, but a plain straight stitch would look just as cute.

I used number 20! 
I used a yellow ribbon to hold it
all together, so I liked the contrasting
yellow thread.
  • The last step is to just slip the ribbon through and tie a big bow over each shoulder.  To slip the ribbon through, I clipped a safety pin to the end in order to make threading the ribbon easier. 
Mommy and baby! 
The tutorial for the matching little bows can be found here.

Anybody know of a good store or website for finding pretty floral pillowcases?  I only seem to find them at thrift stores.  I think this is such a fun easy gift, and would love to make a couple more of them! 

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