Take a grandparent’s pillowcase…

My youngest niece turned 1 last week, and the week prior I suddenly had inspiration as to what to do for her birthday.

Popping up all over the internet are pillowcase dresses. Just do a search, there are blog posts, youtube tutorials, you name it! And they all say how easy it is to do. Using vintage pillowcases with pretty patterns look so cute and girly, and it looked like there were only a couple of seams to sew up. Surely I could do that!

The op shop that I usually go to doesn’t have much in the way of vintage prints and fabrics, plus it is still closed for it’s Christmas/New Year break. But I remembered seeing a pretty pillowcase somewhere in my travels around our home.

Perhaps I shouldn’t say this, but it was being used as a rag in the garage.

So I gave it couple of days soaking, then washed it, and it actually turned out all right 🙂

All the tutorials I saw were made from a standard pillowcase, but this was a boomerang one. And it had *ahem* ‘garage’ stains on it. So I looked at it carefully to find the best bit to use. Luckily my niece is still a toddler, so it didn’t need to be too big!

So, after procrastinating as long as I could, I took the scissors to it, cutting off the end I would use, and unpicking the frill to use around the bottom of the dress. I pulled my trusty, but underused, sewing machine out of the depths of the cupboard, and started work.

I procrastinated some more, but got it all done in 3 hours (including procrastination time!).

Then I looked at it, did a little happy dance for completing it, and thought about where I’d found it.

So back it went into a bucket to soak again. Then it got washed again. And all was good…


I was worried that it would be too small, but it turns out it is still a bit big for the little poppet. I hope she will get plenty of wear out of it.


As for where the pillowcase originally came from – when my mum saw it, she immediately recognised it as one my grandmother bought for my grandfather (her parents). My grandmother died in 1988. I hope they look down on their great, grand daughter and appreciate her wearing something so special.

Have you seen or made a pillowcase dress? How did it turn out for you?

Did you know that if you don’t personally have any little girls you could make a pillowcase dress for, there are still plenty of girls around the world who would love to have a beautiful dress. Two groups I found that co-ordinate sending packages of dresses ( and pinned to my Craft board on Pinterest) are Dress a Girl Around the World (here is the Australian page), and Little Dresses For Africa. If you are interested, you might find a group near you 🙂

* Some of you may have noticed that I originally posted this on my other blog, before I started this one. I have copied it here because it belongs here 🙂

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18 thoughts on “Take a grandparent’s pillowcase…

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  2. Cute!! I don’t think I have any old pillow cases but if I did I know what I would do with it.

    Thanks so much for linking up at the #BloggerSpotlight party! I pinned this to our group board. Don’t forget to come link up again tonight and see the featured posts!

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  3. Gosh, what a cutie! Love the darling pillow case that you used. I have seen it, but have not tried it yet. My youngest granddaughter is almost 7, but sure to have a few more. Pinning. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  4. I love this little pillowcase dress! Your post made me smile. First about the procrastination (totally me) and then the washing 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted to share. Have a wonderful week!

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  5. I have seen the pillowcase dresses and thought they were cute, but I don’t have anyone to sew for right now. I’ll pin this so I can look back when I finally have grands!

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.


  6. This is so pretty and such a fun idea. I’ve not actually seen it before but it makes a perfect little dress and looks like it was always meant to be one too! I will never throw an old pillow case away again. Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure


    • Hi Fiona, pillowcase dresses are so easy to make and they look so pretty. There are plenty of instructions for them on the internet. I’ve got a few more standard pillowcases waiting to be made up into dresses! xx Fiona


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