Pillowcase Dress Pattern {Free PDF Printable}

When you are a beginner sewer, one of the easiest dress patterns for girls to start with is a pillowcase dress pattern. There are no tricky zippers or buttons to worry about and you will be so proud of your achievement when you are finished. What better project to get you hooked on sewing?

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Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Pillowcase Dress Pattern and Tutorial

If you are a beginner sewer then a pillowcase dress pattern is a great way to showcase your favorite designer fabric and sew up a pretty dress for your little girl in record time.

What is a Pillowcase Dress?

A pillowcase dress is a type of dress that is loose and plain through the body and tied at the neck with a strap through a casing. They are popular for girls and were originally made with actual pillowcases.

So are you ready to start sewing your pillowcase dress pattern?

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Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Pillowcase Dress Pattern – Options

This free pillowcase dress pattern has 2 options. You can make this dress with or without the border at the bottom. The border is ideal for showcasing a contrast fabric or adding a trim into the seam like lace or ric-rac.


Size Chart

This downloadable pillowcase dress pattern has sizes 2 to 10 for girls.

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Pillowcase Dress Pattern Chart

Supplies for the Pillowcase Dress Pattern

  • FABRIC – The best fabric to use is light to medium weight woven fabric. Quilting fabrics and cotton fabrics are ideal and you can find a nice selection of designer prints.
  • LARGE SAFETY PIN – This is to thread the strap through the casing.
  • BAIS TAPE – ½ inch (12mm) wide single fold bias binding for under the arms.
  • OPTIONAL – lace to decorate.
  • SEWING SUPPLIES of Sewing machine, needle, thread, pins, measuring tape
  • CUTTING TOOLS – Scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat.

How Much Fabric Do You Need for a Pillowcase Dress Pattern?

You will need 1 yard (0.90m) of fabric for view A which is plain. View B needs an additional ⅜ yard (0.35m) of a different fabric as a contrast for the border.

The fabric requirements provided are for 44-inch (112cm) wide fabric. You may need more if your fabric is narrower or if you have a fabric with a one-way design or a pattern that needs matching.


Pillowcase Dress Pattern – Download

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Free Pillowcase Dress Pattern – The Video

If you are a visual learner then please check out my YouTube video below. It sometimes helps to watch how something is done first and then refer to the individual steps below.

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Pillowcase Dress Pattern Video Instructions

How to Make a Pillowcase Dress – Cutting and Layout

Before cutting your pieces of fabric, fold it lengthwise with the 2 selvages meeting as shown below. This way you are cutting through two layers of fabric. All seam allowances are included in the pattern pieces so there is no need to make any alterations.

This is how it will look when the pattern is pinned to your fabrics ready for cutting. Check you are cutting the correct hemline for view A or B.

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Cutting Instructions for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Pillowcase Dress Pattern – Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – Decorate the Front (Optional)

If you wish to decorate the front it may be easier to do it now. In my video, I decorated with the lace after the side seams were done but it is just as easy to do it now before you start. (read how to sew lace trim)

Other decorative ideas include sewing pockets, fabric yo yos or app.

Add lace to the right side of the dress.

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Embellishment for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Step 2 – Sew the Side Seams

Put the FRONT and BACK with right sides together and straight stitch the side seams with a ½ inch seam allowance (12mm).

Finish the seams with either a serger or a zig-zag stitch. This will make your dress withstand lots of washing. Don’t worry if you don’t have a serger, here are 6 easy seam finishes without a serger.

DESIGN IDEA – Instead of plain seams, you could sew a French sea so that the raw edges are enclosed. This is best for thinner fabrics that fray.

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Sew the Sides of the Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Step 3 – Sew the Armholes

Finish each arm hole with your bias tape. If this is new to you and you’d like extra help read – how to sew bias

Open up one pressed side of the bias binding. On the RIGHT side of the armhole, pin the open edge of the binding along the armhole raw edge.

Stitch in the crease of the bias about ¼ inch (6mm) from the raw edge.

DESIGN IDEA – If you wanted the bias to show on the outside of the finished dress, sew it to the wrong side in this step. You can see that I have done this for my black and pink sample. You could also use double fold bias which would show on both sides.

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Armholes for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Bring the bias tape all the way to the wrong side so the seam is on the edge of the armhole. Press and pin carefully.

Top stitch around the edge of the bias tape close to the folded bottom edge.

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Armholes for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Step 4 – Sew the Casings

With the dress the WRONG way out:

On both the FRONT and BACK of the top of the dress press over the top edge of the dress by ¼ inch (6mm).

Press over the casing again by 1 ¼ inch (3cm) and stitch close to the edge.

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Casing for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Step 5 – Sew the Hems

Now on to the hem at the bottom of the dress. You can create 2 styles of hem – simple or with a border.

Simple Hem: On the wrong side of the dress, press up the bottom hem by ¼ inch (6mm) then ½ inch (12mm) again, and stitch across to form a double fold hem.

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Hem for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

View B – Border Hem: Stitch your band pieces together at the side seams with the right sides together and a ½” (12mm) seam allowance. Fold the band so the wrong sides are together to form a tube.

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Border for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Banded hem continued: With the dress, the RIGHT way out, match the raw edges of the band to the raw edges of the hem. Stitch across with a ½ inch (12mm) seam allowance. Finish the sea.

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Border for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Fold the hem down and press the seam up towards the body of the dress. If it doesn’t sit flat you can always topstitch the seam in place. In this black sample, I added a piece of lace over the seam to add a pretty twist.

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Border for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Step 6 – Sew the Fabric Tie

Put the 2 strap pieces with RIGHT sides together. Stitch along one short side of the straps. Press open the sea.

With RIGHT sides together, fold the strap in half lengthways and stitch the sides and long edge of the bottom leaving a 2 inch (5cm) opening in the center.

Clip both the ends. Turn your strap the RIGHT side out and press well. Topstitch all the way around the strap close to the edge.

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Strap for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Step 7 – Thread the Strap

Thread the strap through the neck casing with a safety pin.

Gather in the front and back casings then tie a bow on one shoulder.

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Strap for Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Step 7: Stitch Strap

Try the dress on your little girl and put a few hand or machine stitches to secure the strap and to prevent it from pulling out.

IMPORTANT – Make sure the strap is stitched in place, for the safety of young children. It should also be shortened if it is too long.

Pillowcase Dress Pattern – In Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this free pillowcase dress pattern. Be proud of what you have made and share your photos with my Facebook group. Please also add your thoughts and comments below.

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Pillowcase Dress Pattern

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Pillowcase Dress Pattern for Girls

Get this free printable PDF pillowcase dress pattern for girls sizes 2 to 10.


Difficulty: Easy Beginner

Keyword: Sewing Patterns


  • 1 Yard Light to Medium Weight Fabric
  • 2 Pieces ½” Wide Single Fold Bias Tape

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