Bonus Post: Pillowcase Dress Tutorial List

How to Make a Pillowcase Dress

Remember the post about the pillowcase dresses and the many excuses to quit making one?

Guess what happened? People started asking me – still giggling – how to make them.

God sure has a sense of humor. Smile  I think this is one of those, God using the weak and foolish to show His strength moments.

With giggling and thanksgiving, here’s …

How to Make a Pillowcase Dress

Basically, the pillowcase dress is a tube with rounded arm holes and ribbon ties at the shoulders.

There are as many ways to make a pillowcase dress as there are seamstresses.

Here are the tutorials/patterns I studied for my first foray:

You can use a twin-size pillow case for the 2-4 year old’s. For the next box size up, 5-9 year olds, a good guess is a king-size pillowcase.


I studied the details of this tutorial. Repeatedly.


  • Pillowcase Dress Using Fat Quarters (Update: This link seems to have gone to the land of no more 🙁 )

Her armhole instructions are how I did mine because bias tape still scares me.


For those who would like to add some detail. I’m still in the dreaming of variations phase. Smile

Determining Size When Using Fabric

Someone who makes dresses by the dozens/hundreds for Operation Christmas Child uses size 8 on this chart for the 5-9 year olds. So you can go up or down for the 2-4 year olds and 10-14 year olds.


Operation Christmas Child

Please consider making pillowcase dresses or other crafts for Operation Christmas Child, a ongoing project of Samaritans’ Purse, bringing hope and joy to children around the world.

This pillowcase dress is safely tucked into a shoebox with a matching crochet teddy bear ready for an around-the-world adventure!

Pillowcase Dress and Crochet Teddy Bear

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