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Sew a Little Girls Pillowcase Dress

We've found a new method (and tutorial!) for making pillowcase dresses which eliminates the traditional drawstring casing that is a choking hazard for children. By using elastic instead of the drawstring, you are preserving the adjustability of ties. For the winter months, try using
fleece pillowcases, or
flannel, over long sleeve t-shirts, turtlenecks, and
leggings! Jen Leheny of shares
her pattern, and wrote this excellent tutorial
You will need: • 1 pillowcase, cleaned and pressed •
30cm (12”) of 1.3cm (1/2”) wide elastic • 1 package of
bias binding. Alternatively, use 150cm (60”) of
Safety pins (for threading
elastic) •
Ric rac or
ribbon for decorating the lower edge of the dress • Matching
SWN Members who have made pillowcase dresses:
Miriam Wiggins
Jennifer Hester
Kathy Hood
Check out the many different (and beautiful) photos of pillowcases these members have made!

Amy Butler Love Flannel Tumble Roses Pink

Amy Butler Love Flannel Tumble Roses Pink Designed by Amy Butler for Westminster Fabrics, this double napped flannel (brushed on both sides) features a large scale rose design. The color palette includes pink, rose, orchid, citron and aqua. Use for quilting and craft projects as well as apparel and home decor accents.

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Comment by Larri on January 4, 2010 at 6:27am
I'm going to try this for my great-niece. Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Jodie Hickman on January 3, 2010 at 9:33pm
Thanks so much. I am going to make one for grand baby that is coming in spring!
Comment by einas ali on December 31, 2009 at 4:43pm
thank u its so nice
Comment by Charla Youngblood on December 31, 2009 at 4:18pm
You can use the same instructions using bath towels. Great during the summer after long day in sun and you have bathed. My mother would make these for us. After day at pool or just playing outside, would bathe and put on. Would feel refreshed and relaxed in towel dress. Works for young and old alike.
Comment by Carmen Mojica on December 31, 2009 at 12:11pm
My friends twin girls will look oh so pretty with the pillowcase dresses I'll be making for them. Thanks so much for the pattern.
Comment by Lori Murset on December 31, 2009 at 9:54am
I'm excited to try this for my daughter. She is needing a few new dresses and this will be a cute easy way to do them.
Comment by Mary on December 31, 2009 at 8:14am
I use elestic in the casings but, run the elestic all the way around (electic will keep the dress on shoulders) and then tack the ribbon to the elestic at the shoulers.
Comment by Venus Spalding on December 31, 2009 at 7:15am
I will try this for my granddaughter--thanks!

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