Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress

This is Aubrey of Maubys here again with a super simple and fast fat quarter tutorial.
Modeled after the infamous "pillowcase" dress style, this fast little dress takes only 2 fat quarters and the added bonus of not needing a hem!  

2 Fat Quarters (try to use ones with selvages if you can)
2, 1 Yard cuts of 5/8" wide ribbon that matches the fat quarters
Matching Thread

Rick Rack

1. Lay the two fat quarters on top of each other with right sides up.

The shorter edge of each fat quarter (18") with the selvage will be the bottom and the opposite shorter edge will be the top.

Measure 3" in along the top/shorter side and 6" down on the longer side. Cut on a diagonal. Repeat with the opposite side. These will be the arm holes.

2. Place cut fat quarters on top of each other, right sides together. Line up all edges. Using a straight stitch, serger, or an overcast stitch sew the two pieces together along the sides from the bottom of the arm holes to the bottom of the fat quarters with a 5/8" seam allowance.

3. Finish the sleeves with a 1/4" double fold hem and a 1/8" seam allowance.

How to do a double fold hem: Starting at the top of one of the arm holes fold fabric over 1/4" so that the raw edge is on the wrong side of the fabric. Press. Fold over again another 1/4" in the same direction closing the raw edge inside the hem.

4. Fold over the top of each side 1/4" so that the raw edge is on the wrong side of the fabric. Sew with 1/8" seam allowance. This is the neckline.

5. Turn top over 1" and hem again with 1/8" seam allowance only along the bottom of the neckline hem.

6. String ribbon through each 1" top hem.  

7. Match up the ends of the ribbon and scrunch the fabric into the center of the ribbon. Un-scrunch the fabric a little bit, just enough to give the neckline a scrunchy, gathered look.

To keep dress neckline from being a choking hazard, sew the ends of the neckline hem closed. Securing the ribbon in between the ends of the neckline, keeping it in place.

8. I left the selvages as the hem because they look so great! If you don't have selvages on your fat quarters, or don't like the look of them, hem the bottom of the skirt with a 1/4" - 1/2" double fold hem.

And there you have it!  A very simple dress for a toddler that can become a shirt later on.  

Wear it in the winter with stockings or leggings and a long sleeved shirt. Or,

Wear it by itself in the summer as a sun dress!  Easy, cute and versatile! 

This dress was made with Fat Quarters from the Make Life Collection by Sweetwater

1 Pillowcase dress

Aubrey Schwartz


Mrs.Pringle.Chip said...

Ohh! I've been wanting to do those for my girls :) can't wait to try it out

Paula said...

what a great blog! I`m so happy I found it! Here is so many inspirations and I love it! <3

Have a nice time,

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Jessica said...

These look cute and easy! Thanks for sharing!

Summer said...

So cute! I have a toddler and an older girl, so this afternoon we're going to make one dress and one shirt. Thanks for the tute!

Inchy Hexagon Gal said...

What a simple and fun idea. I am not much of a seamstress so the less I have to sew the better. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

I am Just One Mom said...

Dress A Girl Around the World is a charity that accepts this "dress" donation. It is a fabulous organization.
Sometimes this is called a Pillowcase Dress.
Whatever you call it and however you make it, there are needy girls around the world that need modest dresses.

Julie said...

So cute, I can't believe I haven't tried making these before.

Susan S said...

OMG I want to this for my granddaughter and for dress a girl around the world. Come on let's do this!!!

Mari said...

Oh this is just the thing I was looking for!! My daughter is going to a birthday party and I have just the perfect fabric for this!!! :D Thanks for the tutorial :)!

Nan said...

I love this, and have an almost 2 year old granddaughter and several other little girls in the family. Guess what they will be getting for presents soon! Thanks for this great pattern. I love it.

Bec Clarke said...

this would have to be the best PC dress tutorial I have seen and there are plenty of them out there!!!

Jamie Lee said...

Very cute! I have 3 daughters and will be making each of them one for the summer!

Busy Quilting Mama said...

I just put this together in less than and hour and it's adorable!

Gigi said...

Very Cute,just made one out of some small yardage that my granddaughter (4) picked from my "stash". Combined 2 ribbons with a decorative stitch, and will do an applique to cover a spot on the fabric. I know she'll love it. thanks for the cute idea, and for helping reduce my "fabric store",

Anonymous said...

Great pattern! Thanks, I made it in literally minutes

Andrea said...

Thanks for the quick and easy pattern. I enjoyed making the dresses!


Sandy said...

This was so simple and easy... thanks for a wonderful tutorial!