Infant Dresses:
Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Pillowcase Dress

When it comes to infant dresses, let me start by confessing that I am a no-sew person, but like most of the moms, I LOVE chic baby girl clothing. Combining both of these attributes gave me the idea of this no-sew pillowcase dress that will not only make your baby look good, but you will feel great as well - a feeling that we mothers long for!

Sewing newborn clothes can be time consuming, but you will finish off this newborn clothing in less than an hour (provided your baby doesn’t interrupt and is ideally asleep), otherwise, by the time you finish it up, your daughter would be in high school – kidding! ; )

Things you'll need:

So here are the things that you will need to make this amazing baby girl clothing out of a pillowcase:

  • A Pillowcase
  • Spool of ribbon (of a color that matches or contrasts with the pillowcase)
  • Your sewing kit (scissors, measuring tape, sewing needle & thread)
  • An iron
  • And...a sleeping baby (I think I already mentioned that, but just wanted you to double check! :) )

Let’s begin!

1.  Measure the length of your baby to see how long you want to keep the baby dress.

2.  Now on a flat surface, spread out the pillowcase flat in such a way that the seam is on one side.

3.  Depending upon how long you want the dress, cut the sewn-together end. Remember to leave the stitch margin, i.e., leave a one-inch margin for stitching. This area will make the top of the baby girl clothing.

4.  Now fold the pillowcase vertically.

5.  To make armholes: Cut an approximately 1.5 inches wide and 3 inches deep J-shape into the folded side. If you are making this for an older kid or your baby is on the plump side, you may alter the measurements a little; for example, make it 2 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

6.  When you unfold, you may suddenly panic as it may seem that you have cut it at the neck side but don’t worry, you are on the right track.

Fold it to get the armholes on the sides – this will make the seam run in the middle (check out the image below).

7.  Now hem both the armholes. Ideally, I would recommend double-hemming them, i.e., fold the sides in, and then fold them again to prevent the dress from threading away.
Note: You can use an iron to mark the folds so that it becomes easier for you to hem.

8.  Once you have hemmed both the armholes, hem the neck in the same manner – the only difference being that the hem of the neck would be larger as it will have a ribbon running through it. Remember to keep a hole at the edges so that ribbon can pass.

9.  Now it is time to pass the ribbon through the neck-hem. Measure and cut two ribbons of the same length. Take one ribbon and pass it through the front hem  - one sleeve to the other. Take the second ribbon and do the same for the back. A good tip is to use a safety-pin to pass the ribbon through the hem.

10.  Knot the ends of the ribbons like shown in the picture.

Your pillowcase baby dress is ready!

You can make several infant dresses like these, specially for summers, or gift one to a loved one's baby.

Wasn’t this fun? Newborn clothes take less pillowcase fabric and you can end up making a matching bow with the newborn dress, or a scrunchy (for ponytail) with the left fabric. Now, you are a guru at making no-sew infant dresses!

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