How to Make a Pattern for Pillowcase Dresses

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How to Make a Pattern for Pillowcase Dresses
Use a standard pillowcase to make a dress pattern. (bed. pillow and duvet.bed head. image by L. Shat from

Pillowcase dresses are a simple style that requires basic sewing skills to make. It is possible to sew a pillowcase dress out of any fabric by making a pattern using a standard-sized pillowcase. This lets you be creative with the fabric prints used to make the dress. You can also adjust the paper pattern to fit larger or smaller girls. Choose a washable cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric for best results with laundry maintenance.

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Things you need

  • Pillowcase
  • Iron
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pins

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  1. 1

    Find a standard size pillowcase and press it with an iron to flatten the shape. Place the pillowcase on a large piece of paper and mark the outline with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Mark the armhole cutouts by measuring 3 inches down from the top corners and marking the measurement. Measure 3 inches inward on the top edge and mark the measurement from both corners.

  3. 3

    Draw a "J" from the top marking to the bottom marking on each side to create the armhole cutout.

  4. 4

    Hold the paper pattern to the child to make sure it is wide enough. An older child may require a wider pattern. A standard pillowcase works well for children 4 and under.

  5. 5

    Pin the pillowcase pattern to a folded piece of fabric to cut out two pieces for the front and back of the pillowcase dress.

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