Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Guest Post from Simple Simon and Co

Ladybird Ln

Yeah, I am so happy to have more visitors on my blog today!  I am so happy to have the sister (in-laws) from  Simple Simon and Co...  These gals are pretty amazing, they have given me so much sewing inspiration.  They are going to share another fabulous pillow project with us today!

Hello. I am Elizabeth from the blog Simple Simon and Co. where my sister-in-law and I blog.  We both married brothers, so we have the same name ('s confusing) and we both love to be stay-at-home mommas.  We also love to sew, especially with vintage patterns and we love to see what we can make every Friday for $5 dollars or less.  Come see us sometime.

Today Carlee asked us to share our take on a pillowcase dress.  When I started sewing again about 4 years ago, a pillowcase dress is one of the first things that I started  with.  I experimented with a couple and then came up with this one.  I love me a pillowcase dress, I really think there is nothing cuter on a litte girl.  And they are a great beginner project because they are fast and easy and you really can learn the basics of sewing while making one.  So, if you have never sewn....THIS is your project.
For all you experienced awesome sewers, I know you still love them because they are fast.  I have been known to whip one up about 30 minutes before we are supposed to be leaving for somewhere. Just ask my husband.  He will vouch for my craziness.

So, I give you....
The 15 minute Pillowcase Dress (Really. I timed it.)

You will need:
*A vintage pillowcase...or just a pretty one
*2 yards of 7/8 inch grosgrain ribbon cut into 4-18 inch pieces
*One piece of 3/4 inch elastic (or 1 inch---whatever you have on hand)  measured to exact chest measurement.
*Thread that matches your pillowcase

Okay, let's get started!
Step 1
Measure your desired length for your pillowcase dress.  (Sorry no turned out with a squiggly, wiggly little girl and a tape can just imagine it.)  You will need to add 2 inches to this measurement for the cute ruffle and fold-over casing (where the elastic will go).
You will also need a chest measurement.  Cut your elastic to this exact size.

And you are done!  Happy Sewing!

One note...I do heat fray the ends of my ribbons so they stay nice wash after wash.  If you don't know how to do this, go HERE.

And if you don't have a pillowcase and want to make one out of fabric....head to our blog today and I will show you how to modify this tutorial and use your fabric stashes.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, and the wonderful pillow inspiration!  Go visit them at
Simple Simon and Co.


  1. would you believe i was just googling pillowcase dresses yesterday? i really want to make one for my sweet girl....thanks for the tutorial!

  2. We make pillowcase dresses for Dress A Girl Around the World and give them to girls in need!! I love your pattern for making these dresses!!

  3. Carlee--Thanks for having us! We love your blog!!!

  4. This is adorable! Very cute idea!

  5. This is so cute! I can't believe this is from a pillowcase and it only took you 15 minutes! Great job! :)


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