Friday, February 15, 2013

Girl's Vintage Pillowcase Skirt {Tutorial}

Spring is on it's way! Spring always puts me in a sewing mood. I scored some vintage pillowcases at the thrift store a few weeks ago. My stash is getting quite large so it was time to use some of them up! Does anyone else have a collection of vintage sheets/pillowcases? I heart them.

This is a super easy skirt to whip up. The hem is already done for you...score!

I think she likes it! This is her pose when I asked her to stand still like a princess does...such a girl already.

Who's ready to make a skirt?


- Pillowcase
- 1" wide elastic
- Fabric Marker
- Ruler
- Thread
- Scissors
- Iron

**I am giving you measurements for a size 3T.

Measuring from the opening of the pillowcase up, cut 16.5" across. If you are doing a size other than a 3T, use a skirt that fits your little one as a guide and add 5 or 6 inches to the top.

Now we are going to create the waistband. Iron down 1/4", then iron down another 2".

Sew close to the bottom edge leaving a 1.5" opening towards the back seam of the skirt. We will be running our elastic through there.

Mark with your fabric pen 1.25" up from the stitches you just sewed, all the way around the waist. Sew using those marks as a guide. Cut your elastic to the length you need. For a size 3T, I cut it at 18.5". Attach a safety pin to one end and run it through the channel you sewed, being careful not to lose the ends.


Sew your elastic together with a zig zag stitch. I like to go over it 3 or 4 times just to make sure it's secure. Stuff it up into your waistband like a turkey....wait did I just say that? Ha! Then sew the opening closed, making sure to backstitch.

To make the sash, cut a 3.25" wide by width of fabric. You can use some of the leftover pillowcase fabric or a different piece of fabric. Or a piece of ribbon for a no sew option! Fold in half lengthwise and sew with a 1/4" seam. Turn right side out.

Press with the seam down the middle back and tuck in the raw ends.

Top stitch all the way around the sash. Wrangle your little one up and try on their new skirt because you are done!

Thanks for sewing with me!

xo Becky

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  1. So cute! This is my first time finding your blog- I joined via gfc. Can't wait to see all your projects!

  2. Oh how I wish I had some grand daughters! So cute. Thanks or the tutorial.

  3. Gorgeous! :) Love using pillowcases for dresses and skirts! :) The sash is a beautiful addition!

  4. I think I have just the pillowcase for this project! I'm off to go look through my stash!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing xo

  5. BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it, can't wait to whip a few together if and when I find out if this 'bump' I've been carrying round with me for nearly 4 months is a boy or girl!!

    Much love

    Bundana xxx

    PS. Love you blog x

  6. that is the most adorable skirt ever. Your little girl looks so haooy and cheerful...
    What a great idea to use a vintage pillow case...

    hugs x

    1. Oh my.... I just noticed I can't spell worth beans: HAPPY!

      crystelle :)

  7. So adorable! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

  8. What a sweet skirt!! If you haven't already had a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and share it at the 100th Tuesday To Do Party over at The Blackberry Vine!

    The Blackberry Vine

  9. Becky, this is so super cute and springy!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open


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