I had an old pillow case made from a really soft material with one side torn at the seam. In other words, the perfect opportunity to try my hands on a pillow case gown. It was easier than I thought, despite the fact that I read on several blogs that it was easier to make a pillow case dress from brand new material rather than an actual pillow case.
Here is how to do it (all you need is an old pillow case and some ribbon):
- Iron your pillow case and fold it lengthwise.
- Use a sleeveless dress as a pattern to cut out the “arm holes” – make sure to leave some space at the top to allow for your seem allowance and ribbon
- Open the pillow case back up and cut through the top of the material (which used to be the end of the pillow case.
- Turn the pillow case inside out, fold the arm openings (should be in the form of a “U”) about 1/4 inch to the inside and iron flat. Stitch in place.
- Now fold the top seems (front and back), which you cut open previously, about 2 inches to the inside and stitch in place. Make sure to keep the sides open to threat your ribbon through.
- Weave your ribbon through the font, over one arm opening/shoulder, and through the back. Tie it in place over the second arm opening and adjust as needed.