Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress

Hi Everyone! I’m Mandy and I blog over at SugarBeeCrafts.com (come stop by sometime!).  If you’ve been on my blog before, you might already know my favorite thing to upcycle – sheets!  I can’t get enough of them – you get such a large amount of fabric for so so cheap.  An aspect of that is pillowcases – so thrifty, and they can be turned into super cute tunics and dresses.  It’s my favorite upcycle of all time, so I’m here today to share my latest upcycle of a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress.

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress

If you are intimidated by sewing projects, this is the perfect start for you!  Pillowcases can be found for a quarter, so if you mess it up, it’s no big deal.  And it’s basic, mostly-straight sewing.  I also love that it’s a blank slate – so many ways to add embellishments and cuteness – like the pom pom trim!

Learn how to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress

Let’s get started!  You’ll need:

–discarded pillowcase

–ribbon, 44 inches long -or- fabric, 4 inches by 44 inches (for the sash tie)

–about 2 yards of pom pom trim

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress supplies

First, create your sash that will tie the top of the dress.  If you have a ribbon, then you can skip this step.  If you have fabric, sew it in a tube and then turn the tube right-side out and sew the two ends shut.

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress step 1

Next I sewed on the trim.  Sewing on trim is pretty easy – just go slow and sew over it to attach it to the pillowcase.  I used the wide hem as a guide and sewed it to that line.

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress step 2

I went around the entire pillowcase (not just the front).  I love the detail it adds to the dress:

How to make a cute Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress

The beauty about using a pillowcase for a dress is that you don’t have to hem it – the bottom is already a finished edge.  Check!

So moving on to the top.  You’ll want to adjust to the size of your child.  My girls are 9 and 7 years old and this would fit both of them.  I measured from the bottom hem up 27 inches.  That’s where I cut straight across to take the top off the pillowcase.  It’s more a tunic length on my 9 year old and my 7 year old would be able to wear it as a dress. (the one in the picture is 9)

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase DressHow to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress for a little girl

Then you’ll cut the arm hole – I measured down 6 inches and marked the side, then cut a half a “u”, as shown below.  It doesn’t have to be exact.

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress

Now, you’ve got a couple of options – around the arm holes and along that top edge, you can zig zag sew, or serge it (that’s what I did – with a rolled hem), or you can do a narrow hem.  Just find your favorite way to make it a finished edge in all those spots:

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress

Then turn the dress inside-out, and fold the top down about an inch and a half and iron into place.  Then you’ll sew along the edge (where you see my white stitching).  This will create a casing, or tunnel, for the ribbon. Do this on the front and repeat on the back.

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress

To add a little more interest to the dress, I flipped it right-side out and then sewed a line of pom pom trim along that seam in the front.

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress
I love the pop of color and detail:
How to make a darling Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress for a little girl

Then just use a safety pin to fish the ribbon through both casings:

Stand back and admire your work!  You can do this!  Super cute way to upcycle – -

How to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase DressHow to make a Pom Pom Pillowcase Dress

If you are interested in Pillowcase Dress Upcycling, I have a few other posts you’ll want to check out:

 

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Mandy Beyeler
Mandy is a craft blogger who enjoys all things DIY – she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She enjoys being a mom to 5 awesome kiddos and blog from the Kansas City area.
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  1. That’s so cute!!! Loving the pom pom trim! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this morning that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-pom-pom-pillowcase-dress/2014/04/09/
    –Anne

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