Rag Pillowcase Dress

Hi!! I’m Kaysi from Keeping it Simple

Keeping It Simple

I’m so excited to be here today! I just love The Ribbon Retreat.
I especially love all of their amazing fabric!

Today I am going to show you how I made this Rag Pillowcase Dress!

I used Indian Summer by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake, love it!!!

Pillowcase dresses are super easy to make, and super cute!! I put a little twist on this on by having several different fabrics in it, normally it’s just two rectangles sewn together. Here are the measurements for the dress, according to age.

Length, add three inches for seam allowance:

6 month – 14.5″ long
12 months – 16.5″ long
18 months – 17.5″ long
2T – 18 .5″ long
3T – 19.5″ long
4T – 20.5″ long
5 – 21.5″ long
6 – 22.5″ long

Width, add one inch for seam:

6-18 months – 15″ wide
2T-4T – 16-20″ wide
5-6 – 21-24″ wide

This is how I made the dress:

1. I made it for my girl that is 16 months, so I used the 18 month measurements. I cut four strips (two times) that were 5″x16″ (there will be one strip more later).

2. I wanted the seam on the outside of the dress, so I put two strips together, wrong sides together. Then I sewed a 1 inch seam.

3. I continued to sew the strips together, putting wrong sides together.

4. I sewed the four strips together, two times.

5. For the last strip, I wanted to make it a ruffle. So I cut two strips that were 5″x40″

6. I hemmed the strip and then using my longest stitch setting, I sewed the top of the strip.

7. Then I pulled the bobbin thread and gathered the fabric to make a ruffle.

8. I pinned and sewed the ruffled onto the other strips.

9. Then I took the two sides and put them together right sides facing each other
and sewed the edges together.

Here is the dress, it’s taking shape now!

Now for the top of the dress. You have to cut arm holes. Here are the measurements for that:

6 month – 2T – cut down 3″ from the top and in 1.5″ from the side
3T-4T – cut down 4″ from the top and in 2″ from the side
4 and 5 – cut down 5 or 6″ from the top and in 2″ from the side
6 – cut down 7 or 8″ from the top and in 2″ from the side

10. I folded the dress in half and then cut a backward J, 3″ down and 1.5″ from the side.

Here is what it looks like with the arm holes.

11. I ironed the sides to hem the edges.

12. Then I folded down the top about 1 1/2 inches for the ribbon. I sewed the bottom.

13. I added 1 yard of Solid Grosgrain Ribbon into each slit.

14. For the outside seams, I cut them every 1/2 inch.

And that’s it! Super easy and super cute!!

Here is my little girl in her new dress!

And if you can believe it, it’s even cuter after a wash!
The ends will fray and get ragged, which will give you the cute Rag Pillowcase Dress!

Stop by my blog sometime, I always love a new friend!!

Thank you Kaysi!

Isn’t her little girl adorable!? I love this dress!

Head on over to Keeping it Simple to see more of Kaysi’s awesome tutorials.
She has lots of stuff for kids, women, house decorating and so much more.

And if you love the line, Indian Summer, click on the link to see more of it’s cute fabrics!

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please submit a project.

Have a great day! 🙂

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  1. Posted March 22, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Nice job, Kaysi!

  2. Posted March 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    That fabric is ADORABLE! And i always love pillowcase dresses on babies:) Good job! Thanks for sharing!

  3. krissy
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    This is soooo adorable! I made one last night for my 2yr old, it was super easy and looks absolutly fabulous on her!

  4. Posted April 17, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I just need a clarification. Are the measurements the finished measurements? I would need to add the seam allowances to those measurements, or are the seam allowances included in the posted numbers.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 18, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Hi Melissa! Yes you will to add the seam allowance to the numbers. Hope this helps! 🙂

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