Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

TUTORIAL NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN MY ETSY SHOP
When I first wanted to make a pillowcase dress I started looking all over the internet for tutorials. Some were good, a few were "eh", but I never really found one that provided me with instructions for a FINISHED garment (ie. no annoying raw edges) that had a professional look. Since then, I have made close to 150 dresses and learned a thing or two about the construction, which honestly, is so easy and straightforward. I am doing things quite a bit differently than when I started; I've simplified and streamlined! I LOVE these dresses; they're simple, don't require a "pattern", just some simple instructions, and take under 1 yd. of fabric to make- depending on the size. Of course, if you're looking to just buy a dress instead of making one, just stop by the SHOP.

117 comments:

staceyk said...

love the model! Can I buy her from u?

Carlotta said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial. I love how you have the coordinating fabric at the bottom.
~Tootles for now!

michellejohnnie said...

Awesome! I'm excited to make one! I linke to this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

HomeSpun Threads said...

I love your fabrics! This is almost exactly how I make my dresses too. I love making them for gifts! The french seams are so easy and I use them on EVERY garment I make, even bloomers. I discovered how easy they were when I purchased a very antique dress in poor condition but the seams were perfect! I think these will be dresses that will stick around for a long time. Great tutorial!

casserole said...

Great project!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-pillowcase-dress/2009/06/14/
--Anne

squirt mcgurt said...

thank.. you are right about the tutorials. all i wanted was one that would give measurements for regular fabric ( not a pillowcase)

Nikki @ My Black Cardigan said...

Thanks for this tutorial. The dress is gorgeous and the tutorial is so detailed and has great pictures. Thankyou...

sewmarm said...

Great upcycling idea, and the result is so darn pretty!

Cora Anne Designs said...

I just made this dress and love it...blogged about it at www.coraannedesigns.blogspot.com
Thanks!

The Pretty Provy said...

adorable!

one suggestion: use elastic all the way through the neckline (a completely attached circle) and sew the ends of the ribbons into the openings at the neckline - this way if the ribbons come undone, the dress doesn't fall down AND you can just slip the dress over the head instead of trying to tie bows on a fidgety toddler.

Ashley said...

thanks, you made it so much easier!upromm

Sarah Doyle said...

I just LOVE this dress, the little girl and the tutorial. We've posted it on our sewing business blog at http://sewingbusiness.com/2009/07/12/have-you-seen-a-pillow-case-dress.aspx Thanks a million for the tutorial.

Sarah J Doyle
http://PatternsThatFitYou.com
http://SewingBusiness.com Blog

It's Sew Stinkin Cute said...

This is the best tutorial, I will have to come back and add my picture when I am done. Yeah, I am so excited! Thank you so much for putting this together.

Tamara Bennett said...

Amazing tutorial! Here is my dress! I followed your steps perfectly! http://scrapcationgetaway.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-first-pillowcase-dress.html

I'm a first timer, and this was 'sew' easy. haha.

Tamara Bennett
tamara_bennett7@hotmail.com

CandCFamily said...

Cute! I only made one. Good intentions, no follow-through.

K said...

Thank you so much! I've been wanting to attempt to make a pillowcase dress for my daughter, and you're instructions are perfect! At first I was only finding instructions for making a dress out of an actual pillowcase and I was getting so discouraged, because I found the cutest fabric that I wanted to use. I'm going to try it this weekend and I'm super excited!

Megan said...

I'm not sure why, but it won't let me open the tutorial, and I really want to see it! Can you please help me?

ANKsmommy said...

I tried to open the pillowcase dress tutorial as well but for whatever reason it wouldn't open. I would really love to see your instructions!!!

It's Sew Stinkin Cute said...

Your tutorial was the best. I used it once and went tonight to use it again and can't open it. You will have to figure out what is going on with the link because that was the best tutorial out there. I hadn't done french seams before and your tut made it so easy.

Allison said...

Macy,

I can't open the PDF! Can you possibly email it to me?! I would really appreciate it!

allisonlbailey@gmail.com

Thanks!

Allison

Megan said...

I can't get it to come up either, can you please email it to me?
meganstohl@yahoo.com
Thank you!!

Margaret said...

I can't get it to come up. Could you pretty please email it to me?? :) Thanks!
sohappilyus (at) gmail (dot) com

sarahhigdon said...

I too am having trouble viewing the PDF..if you have time I would love an email of it! froggy7973@hotmail.com thanks so much!!

Claire Gillentine said...

I would love to get the directions...if you have a chance you can you email them to me! i tried clicking the picture but cannot see to get it! thanks so much!! cwgillentine@gmail.com

all your stuff is precious!

Johnson Family said...

I would also love a copy of the PDF and can not get your tutorial to work. Will you e-mail me a copy. Thanks!!!


gurrmj@hotmail.com

Stephanie said...

I would love to get your tutorial. It's not working for me, can you please email it to me.

sweettigeress@comcast.net

Thank you.

Kristi said...

Hello!!

I love your site and I am so lucky to have found it.

I was curious if you could email me the PDF for the pillow case dress? I hear your instructions are the best.

Thank you
K

kristi.stone@gmail.com

Rachel said...

If you can, please email the pdf to racheldillin@yahoo.com. I would LOVE to be able to make one. TIA

Lee said...

Could you also please email the tutorial to me? Yours is the cutest pillowcase dress I've seen out there! Thank you! : )

LeeAHeinrich at gmail.com

Chris said...

I have been searching for instructions on the pillowcase dress and came across your blog. The dress is adorable!!! I can't seem to open the PDF can you please email it to me?

chris.dao.chen@gmail.com

Thanks so much!!!

Tiffany said...

I love this!! The tutorial isnt working for me either, can you please email it to me as well Thanks!!
Tiffanyleigh@comcast.net

saj92011 said...

Hello! As with many others above, I, too, am having troubles with the tutorial link. If anybody has it saved on their desktop, I'd love a copy of it. Thanks in advance.
sallyjennings9201@yahoo.com

Heather said...

I'm unable to open the link as well. I would love an email attachment too please.
heathermillersmith@gmail.com

THANKS!!

It's a Crafty Life said...

I would love a copy of the instructions as well. I can not pull up the pdf. Email is vivianmckinzey@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

Rachel said...

I know winter is coming but I would still love this tutorial. I was not able to open the pdf. Is it still available? If so could you please email it to rbgang2@gmail.com

Thank you so much.

ML said...

This is a great project! I am also having trouble getting the tutorial to open. I would love a copy of it to try out!

marylea_hart@hotmail.com

Buckman said...

I'd love a copy of the tutorial as well! buckman539@hotmail.com...

Joshua said...

Hi there! I have used this tutorial before too and loved it, but it seems that it's disappeared!! Boo!! Is there anyway that you could email it to

msloan16@hotmail.com

Thanks,
Mary

Taylor said...

I would love a copy of the PDF as well.

e-mail: tay8883@hotmail.cm

Kel said...

I would love to see your tut but it wont open. If you have the time could you please email it to me at: obsessedccrunner@yahoo.com

Thanks!
Kellie

HollieF said...

Hi, I LOVE your site and am VERY interested in getting a copy of the tutorial for making a pillowcase dress. PLEASE email it ASAP to: hollie_fodge@yahoo.com. Can I make this dress if I don't know how, but plan to learn, to use a sewing maching? Thanks a lot! Can't wait for my email form you!

Stacey R said...

I love your blog and would love a copy of the pillowcase tut. However, I can't get it to open. Could you please email a copy?
sm_templin@hotmail.com

Angela said...

I also am unable to view the pdf. The dress is fabulous. Would you please email the link to lilanniedean@yahoo.com. Many Thanks. Angela

Alison said...

I hate to bother you, but I also cannot open the PDF file. If you could please email it to me at
a2j_park@hotmail.com, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you! Your dresses look adorable!

Tiffany said...

I would also love the tutorial

tifcarroll@yahoo.com

Angie said...

I would also love the tutorial!

adequiroz@cox.net

Thanks Angie

Amy said...

ok your probably getting really annoyed by this but I too can not open the file so if you could email it to me that would be great!!!!!!
arose15@cfl.rr.com

Holley said...

I would also like tutorial. gtbeauty04@gmail.com

Lathan, Lauren, Logan, London said...

Me too!!!

christmasvacation@gmail.com

mmmKAYEx1491 said...

Could you please e-mail me the tutorial as well? The link doesn't seem to be working any more.

mirandahester@me.com

Thanks!

Miranda

tschroe said...

I was very excited to stumble upon your blog and the adorable dress. Unfortunately, I cannot get the pdf to open. Can you possibly email it to me at: julie.schroeder@cuw.edu.

Thanks!
Blessings,
Julie

Amy said...

I'd love a copy of the tutorial... e-mail me at amydbrooks at sbcglobal dot net

Jennifer & Will said...

if you could email it to me as well pretty please!! rebelleigh@gmail.com thanks!

Amy said...

I would LOVE a copy of your tutorial!!! Thank you so much.

amy@sagecommunities.com

lisacarter said...

I would love a copy of your tutorial. (I couldn't open it using the picture) Thanks!

lisacarter@cablelynx.com

Sandi said...

Would you mind sending me the tutorial as well? Love the little girl in the photo & the fabric you choose!
Thank you!
eranthalove@gmail.com

camnbaysmom said...

Can you please send me the tutorial, I can't wait to try it!

Thank you,

Sarah

Lisa said...

If you could, I'd love the tutorial, but can't open it on your site. I am organizing a charity crafting night for a girls' orphanage in Africa and this would be handy as we are making pillowcase dresses.

Thank you,

Lisa

Lisa said...

Not sure if you can email me....

farmgirl70 at comcast dot net

Thanks again,

Lisa

Sourire11 said...

I would love the directions, too! If you have a chance can you email me the tutorial?
Thanks so much!!!

A Girl in Alabama said...

I would love a copy of the tutorial also!! fatlittlelamb@gmail.com

Brenda said...

Would you please email the tutorial to me also - can't open it - breezie39@hotmail.com. Thanks!

Celima said...

I can't find the tutorial, could you please email it to me? Thanks!! :) cslou18@gmail.com

Lora said...

I can't open the PDF either- if you could email it to me that would be great! LBIOSA@aol.com. Thanks so much!

lovesnowpeople said...

Will you also please send me the copy of the tutorial thanks so much Wanda send to: lovesnowpeople@aol.com

Holly said...

This is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I would love to make my 12 month old one, but I can't get the pdf open. Would you mind emailing me your instructions?

rodriguezh01@gmail.com

Thanks so much!

Kim said...

I can't get it to open can you please email it to me at kimberlydanielle2008@gmail.com, thanks so much!

Eric and Heather said...

I love these too but can't seem to open the PDF. Could you please email it to me htaylor1981@hotmail.com

Sarah Richey said...

Oh my! So many requests, but I would also love an email of the instructions. :)

SarahJanell28@yahoo.com

Thanks so much!

ahart said...

I would also really appreciate it you could email it to me - Thank you
vranhart@gmail.com

Jaclyn said...

Would love the pdf as well- looking to make a few for my little lady!
jackieaustin@me.com

JodieC said...

Would love a copy of the PDF too, paul_jo@tpg.com.au

Meagan said...

If it's possible I would love the tutorial as well tulip2meg@yahoo.com.

Thanks!!!

Mindy said...

I too would like the pattern if that's okay. I stumbled upon your blog looking for a pattern like this for my daughter. My email is mgriffin25@hotmail.com
THANK YOU!!

navywife8511 said...

Is the tutorial still available?

I would love to get a copy or be notified when the link is fixed.

Thanks so much for your time (and for sharing).

Nikki
jgarner11185@yahoo.com

Erin said...

I see that your link is not working, and I hate to add one more request, but I would love a copy of the pdf.

telumley@earthlink.net
Erin

Tricia said...

Could you email me the PDF? trixie-lou@hotmail.com I want to make this dress for my niece for Christmas. It's so adorable. Thanks for sharing.

Nicole said...

if you have time could you please email me the pdf? nicolecarley@hotmail.com.

Thanks so much...

Nicole

kari94 said...

would love the tutorial, thanks!
karibills@yahoo.com

SunnyD said...

I would also love the PDF if you have time...thanks for the kindness!!!

sunnydwright@hotmail.com

Megan said...

Can I have the pdf also? Thanks!

meganclark28@gmail.com

Andrea said...

I would also love the PDF.

andrea.amos26@yahoo.com

little blossom photography said...

I would also like a copy. ellyandpat@gmail.com

Sharlene Conley said...

OOOOoooooo !!! Can I have an email copy?? Pretty Please?? I really want to make one for my 4year old for THanksgiving day wear!
sharleneconley@comcast.net
XOXO Thank you so much!

Ansley'sMama said...

If you email the directions out...I would love them :)

tiffanytdean@yahoo.com
or
tdean@jones.k12.ga.us


Thank you!!

Kami said...

This is the best dress I've seen so far. I googled my eyes out also looking for the perfect pattern. Can you also send me a copy.

kmghwells@sbcglobal.net

Thanks so much!

Kami

Tarah said...

Love this dress, the best I've seen, and I've been looking at A LOT! Hoping not to trouble you too much by sending the tutorial to me :-)
thankyou, corraleskingst@hotmail.com

beffi said...

OK So I hear you have a really great pattern to make a pillow case dress.. Could you please e-mail it to me. I am really needing a good pattern to make my first pillow case dress. Thanks a bunch- Beth

Beffi@knology.net

Kelda said...

Hate to bother...I too would love a copy of the pdf. Thanks =)

kelda_18@hotmail.com

Leah said...

Add me to the list, too, please?

lswmulhearn at gmail dot com

Thanks!

Jennie said...

Can you send me the tutorial as well?

Thanks!
Jennie

Nat said...

Oh gosh, I know you've had a LOT of requests for emialing the tute, but can I taga long pretty please? I'm making my first pillowcase dress and your tute sounds like a good one!
nat_mardon@hotmail.com

Thankyou!

Annie said...

Could I please have the pdf via email? annlmooney(at)yahoo(dot)com

I just LOVE this dress!!!

Mere said...

Hi. Read your note that you are trying to fix the link to opening up the pillowcase dress tutorial. I am wondering if you will please email me the tutorial? I would love to make one for my niece.

EMail to sewsigns@yahoo.com

Thank you!

CMorgan said...

please send me the tutorial... I have a 9 month old and would love to make one for her...

CMorgan06@embarqmail.com

Thanks
Christy

julie said...

I would really like your tutorial... tjhester22@hotmail.com

Little Lizard said...

I can't get your tutorial to open for the pillowcase dress. Would you be willing to email it to me? Pretty please? I have a baby girl soccer dress I'd love to make for my hubby (daughter) for Xmas.

Julie said...

Another request for the dress link please. Sorry it will not open and it makes you get ton of email request. You have realy done a nice job. I would like to make several also. Thanks so much !
jasbaird@hotmail.com

grandma of 13, 7 are girls and they are all under 7 years old!!!!

KristinCrook said...

Hello! I just found your blog while looking for a tutorial for pillowcase dresses. Yours is exactly what I was looking for, and just beautiful. However, I, like all these other ladies, cannot get it to open. Could you possibly email me the tutorial? Thank you so much. You are so talented! Kristincrook@comcast.net

jennifer said...

Could you please send me the tute too! I love the picture and would love to make it! Thank you, Jennifer jenndanmc@hotmail.com

Crystal said...

If it is not a problem for you, could you email me the tutorial. Thank you!!

clintcrystalella@hotmail.com

roxybonds said...

I would love to have a copy of this tutorial/pdf!!! Can you email it to me at:
roxybonds@gmail.com

THANKS!!!!!

Marissa said...

If it is not too much trouble, I would love a copy of the tutorial too...the dress looks so cute would love to make one for my little girl!

prttyriss@yahoo.com

Ashalina said...

I would love a copy of the tutorial as well if you don't mind!

Softballash05@gmail.com

Thanks! It's absolutely adorable!

Cindy said...

Just found out I am going to have a niece I would love to make this for her. Can you send me the tutorial?
cmgalloway@comcast.net

TheJacksonThree said...

Hello, I looked for the tutorial on your Etsy site and didn't see it. Can you please contact me? I would love to make one for my daughter's first birthday. I am a new sewer :O)

melissa said...
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melissa said...

I love this dress. Can you sent me the tutorial also? I would like to make it for my grand daughter. My email address is sewpretty@wildblue.net

Thanks so much!

Ashley said...

Hi! I would also love a copy if you can help me. I'm wanting to make some cute summer dresses for my girls!! I've only ever sewn one thing so I could use the help!!Thanks.

Ashley
sarena0014@hotmail.com

cariboucountry said...

I can't get to the tutorial either. If possible could you email me?

cariboucountry@hotmail.com

kayla5118 said...

i just tried to watch the tutorial and it will not work..something about the link not working anymore! so can you please send it to my email or let me know another way i can preview it please!
thank you!
Kayla5118@yahoo.com

HazelMay said...

Same as many others... pdf won't open for me. If you could email me a copy, that would be fantastic. Thank you!!!

sbryans *at* gmail *dot* com

christy said...

I'm a first timer, and have been looking for some time for a pattern just like this and yours is too cute...can you possible send it to me via email? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE...:-)thank you...
ckayolsongrisham@hotmail.com

meganhutchins said...

Like many others I am also having a hard time opening the tutorial. Could you please email it to me? Wanting to make this for our new little girl! =)

meganLhutchins@gmail.com

Sara said...

hello...I tried to purchase the tutorial from your shop but couldn't find it...if you are emailing the file, i would love to receive it too! Please send to: skluiter@hotmail.com
thanks, your dresses are adorable!

Sara

shoppmk said...

Can I add a request for the tutorial- can't access it through the link- Thank you so much!
Chara
cshopp@marykay.com

Susan said...

I'd love the tutorial also for my baby girl on the way. I just started sewing!

perlmansusan at hotmail dot com