Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pillowcase Dresses

Have I been AWOL from blogland? Actually, I have been busy making pillowcase dresses for a charity mission for the United Methodist Women. They are making a collection to benefit the children of Haiti. I followed the lead from directions found on Nancy's Notions website.

There are several free tutorials for pillowcase dresses on the internet. They offer different options for making the dresses. I used elastic for gathering the neckline of the dress. I made single-fold bias binding and stitched it to enclose the raw edge of the armholes. These binding strips are each about 38" long, so they can extend and become the ties at the shoulder.

Here is a photo of a few of my finished pillowcase dresses. I apologize for my method of display!

If you are interested in making some of these dresses, here are some links to free patterns.
the pattern is in the top row
the 2nd grouping, click on the red link to Download Free Dress
this one is made from yardage

Thank you for your interest.  See you soon!


  1. Very cute dresses. Our quilt guild made these dresses, too and it was interesting to see everyone's personal touches with the pattern.

  2. I love your pillowcase dresses...and the fact that they will be sent to Haiti. I'm currently volunteering at a United Methodist mission, Sager Brown, in Baldwin, LA. We spend June and July here each summer. You may be familiar with this ministry...we send school kits, health kits, baby layettes, cleaning buckets, etc. all around the world to disaster areas. And naturally we've sent a lot of stuff to Haiti! blessings, marlene

  3. Thank you for YOUR service, Marlene. I feel so humble around those who put their life to service.

  4. Those are so sweet! Makes me want to start collecting pillowcases so I can make a batch.

  5. I just finished 10 more pillowcase dresses this past Saturday. I've got 4 more to make. I dont know if more pillowcases will find their way to my doorstep this month? I have made lots of bias tape!


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