Pillowcase Dresses

I have a new tutorial for those of you interested in learning how to make one of these adorable pillowcase dresses for the princess in your life!

I have a 9 month old baby BOY and here I am designing pillowcase dresses!! Is it a sign?? well, maybe… but my husband and I won’t be trying for baby #2 until the end of this year…I’ll be sure to keep you posted. :o)

This pillowcase dress craze began when one of the moms in a local moms group I’m in asked me if I could teach a sewing class on pillowcase dresses.  She said she knew a lot of moms that would be interested in that class.  So, I started doing research to find out what they even were! LOL.  A few months later here I am!  Teaching three different pillowcase dressmaking classes and they are filling up so quickly!

Pillowcase-Dress

The first class was last Saturday and I had six students!  Wanna see the dresses they made?   Click here.   In just three hours everyone left with a finished pillowcase dress for their little girls! :o)

I have created a step-by-step tutorial for a simple way of making this dress.  It only requires two coordinating cotton fabrics and some ribbon.  There are a lot of other pillowcase dress patterns and tutorials out there that require you to attach bias binding for the arm holes and I would NOT recommend that for a beginner.  Bias binding can be tricky and just requires more time and extra steps that are unnecessary.  My tutorial keeps it nice and simple while teaching you how to make french seams.  French seams give any project a clean and professional look.  So, following my print and video instructions you will be able to make a professional looking dress in a short amount of time.

You can purchase the print version of my pattern and tutorial here for only $3!
 

I will email you the PDF pattern/tutorial in less than 12 hours after your payment is received.
I have also created a video tutorial that serves as a supplemental resource to the print tutorial.  As an instructor I know that it can be tough (especially for beginners) to understand what to do just from reading the instructions.  So, for those of you who learn better visually I have created this video.   I am confident that if you read my instructions and follow my video tutorial you will be able to make this pillowcase dress time and time again!

ENJOY!

31 replies on “Pillowcase Dresses

  • Anonymous

    I have to tell you that I bought your pillowcase dress pattern/tutorial and it was the easiest sewing I have ever done! Your directions are so clear and so simple, and don’t assume that the sewer has any experience- meaning I didn’t have to spend forever trying and decipher “sewing language” which I hate having to do with other patterns. And the video was such a great tool for visual learners like myself. This was such a wonderful help to me and now my little girl has a beautiful dress made by me! I am pretty proud of myself! I am buying more fabrics to make her more of them soon! Thank you so much!

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  • Anonymous

    You do a very nice job of explaining this adorable project. I have 4 little nieces who are each going to get a pillow dress this Spring. Thanks so much.

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  • Tracie

    Oh my goodness! I’m so excited to try this. I bought a Simplicity pattern but haven’t opened it yet. I think yours will be so much easier and more professionally finished with the french seams. I purchased your pattern but was unsuccessful in downloading. Perhaps it’s because I did it during lunch hour on my work computer. Now I’ve “reached my download limit”. Please help.

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  • Shakisha

    I am totally a beginner in sewing. In fact my machine has not even shipped yet. As soon as I learn how to thread my machine this is project #2 (your eye pillow is project #1). I am going to my local crafts store to buy a rotery cutter and mat along with rulers, threads, needles, fabrics. You have me so excited to get going. I also purchased the pattern and had trouble downloading so I exceeded my downloading limit before I could get the actual pattern.I sent an email so hopefully I can read through it soon. Can’t wait and Thanks so much. Also would you consider doing online classes for International students? I certainly would sign up asap

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  • lexianderson

    I am a boutiquer who is looking to start carrying pillowcase dresses. I can’t wait to download these instructions and try them out. I am also wondering if there are other sizes on your template as my loyal subjects range from newborn-adolescents. Thanks so much!

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  • Crafty Gemini

    @lexianderson: This particular pattern is based on you having or knowing the finished measurements you want for the dress. So, you can really make it in any size. I do carry a ruffled pillowcase dress pattern now that comes complete with fabric cutting and size charts for newborns to size 8 in girls. For larger sizes you can tweak the larger measurements. Many of my customers purchase both patterns and use the charts from the ruffled dress to make the sizes they need in the standard dress. You can find that pattern in my shop at: http://www.craftygemini.bigcartel.com

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  • Laura

    Thanks for the great directions and tutorial! I made two dresses within a few days of purchasing your pattern. They both turned out great! My daughter is still young so she’ll have many summers wearing dresses I made. And, when she’s outgrown a dress I can turn it into a drawstring bag.

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  • Crafty Gemini

    The pattern is NOT one size fits all. Instead I provide you a formula so that you can make the dress if you have the little girl’s measurements. This pattern does not include a size chart. Currently only my ruffled pillowcase dress pattern includes a size chart.

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  • CK

    I just made this dress and I added a pre-made ruffle. I was trying to find your ruffle pillowcase dress tutorial but I didn’t see it listed. Am I missing it somewhere? Thanks! Your video was wonderful! Keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    i love this idea i think i mite make this for my 2 year old nic (how ever u spell that word) im only 13 and i love ur veidos

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  • Susie

    I would like to purchase this pattern for myself. I also want to purchase the pattern as a Christmas gift for my niece. How would this work since it comes to my email as a PDFs download?

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    • Vanessa Vargas Wilson

      Hi Susie. Thanks for your interest in my pattern. Since this pattern is a PDF you can purchase two copies- one for yourself and one for her since it would be infringing on my copyright to copy any of my patterns. For the gifted copy you can send me her email address and I will send it to her when you’d like for her to receive it. Hope that helps. Thanks for asking.

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        • Vanessa Vargas Wilson

          Hi Susie. That would probably be the best way to do it since I have the PDF patterns set up so that you can only purchase one at a time to avoid when people make multiple purchases by mistake. Then I’ll email you for her info. Thanks!

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          • Susie

            Thanks Vanessa! I am going to watch the tutorials for the pillowcase dress and the ruffled pillowcase dress and then decide which patterns to purchase.

  • Susan

    Hi Vanessa, I just ordered the pillowcase pattern and ruffled pillowcase pattern for my niece as a Christmas gift. I put my billing info in but used her email address. I hope this was the correct way to order. You can send those PDF patterns to her anytime you want. I am going to place another order for myself for the ruffled pillowcase pattern.

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  • Kathy Rinehart

    I found your blog through the sameliasmon.com sewing blog. I’m a beginner at sewing and I look forward to getting your posts. I love that you have video tutorials to assist with the printed info! Hope you are having a great day and lots of fun!

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