Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress

This is Aubrey of Maubys here again with a super simple and fast fat quarter tutorial.
Modeled after the infamous “pillowcase” dress style, this fast little dress takes only 2 fat quarters and the added bonus of not needing a hem!  

2 Fat Quarters (try to use ones with selvages if you can)
2, 1 Yard cuts of 5/8″ wide ribbon that matches the fat quarters
Matching Thread

Rick Rack

1. Lay the two fat quarters on top of each other with right sides up.

The shorter edge of each fat quarter (18″) with the selvage will be the bottom and the opposite shorter edge will be the top.

Measure 3″ in along the top/shorter side and 6″ down on the longer side. Cut on a diagonal. Repeat with the opposite side. These will be the arm holes.

2. Place cut fat quarters on top of each other, right sides together. Line up all edges. Using a straight stitch, serger, or an overcast stitch sew the two pieces together along the sides from the bottom of the arm holes to the bottom of the fat quarters with a 5/8″ seam allowance.

3. Finish the sleeves with a 1/4″ double fold hem and a 1/8″ seam allowance.
How to do a double fold hem: Starting at the top of one of the arm holes fold fabric over 1/4″ so that the raw edge is on the wrong side of the fabric. Press. Fold over again another 1/4″ in the same direction closing the raw edge inside the hem.

4. Fold over the top of each side 1/4″ so that the raw edge is on the wrong side of the fabric. Sew with 1/8″ seam allowance. This is the neckline.

5. Turn top over 1″ and hem again with 1/8″ seam allowance only along the bottom of the neckline hem.

6. String ribbon through each 1″ top hem.  

7. Match up the ends of the ribbon and scrunch the fabric into the center of the ribbon. Un-scrunch the fabric a little bit, just enough to give the neckline a scrunchy, gathered look.

To keep dress neckline from being a choking hazard, sew the ends of the neckline hem closed. Securing the ribbon in between the ends of the neckline, keeping it in place.

8. I left the selvages as the hem because they look so great! If you don’t have selvages on your fat quarters, or don’t like the look of them, hem the bottom of the skirt with a 1/4″ – 1/2″ double fold hem.

And there you have it!  A very simple dress for a toddler that can become a shirt later on.  
Wear it in the winter with stockings or leggings and a long sleeved shirt. Or,
Wear it by itself in the summer as a sun dress!  Easy, cute and versatile! 
This dress was made with Fat Quarters from the Make Life Collection by Sweetwater

1 Pillowcase dress

Aubrey Schwartz

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