Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Pillowcase shirt

So I love pillowcase dresses, they are so cute!!! But with my daughter being so young and it being winter, I decided to make a pillow case shirt instead. I'm so glad that I did, I'm going to be making more of these!! I used a tutorial from Nap Time Crafts and just altered it a little bit.

First off, you need to determine how much fabric to cut. I went off the charts from Naptime Crafts and then altered it for a 3 month old.


You can measure your child, from the shoulder to where you want the shirt to land. My baby was 9". Then you will add 3 inches to allow for seams.

  • 6-18 months - 15" wide
  • 2T-4T - 16-20" wide
  • 5-6 - 21-24" wide

The 15" wide was a little too big for my baby, so mine was 13" wide

This is how I made it:
1) I cut two pieces of fabric, each were 13" wide and 12" long.
2) I then pinned on the ric-rac and sewed it onto the fabric before I put the two pieces together. I figured it would be easier to sew it onto in now rather than later.
3) I then put the fronts together and sewed a 5/8" seam.
4) I then ironed the seam down
5) Then I folded the fabric in half and cut out a J shape for the arm hole. I cut 3" from the top and 1 1/2" from the side.

  • 6 month - 2T - cut down 3" from the top and in 1.5" from the side
  • 3T-4T - cut down 4" from the top and in 2" from the side
  • 4 and 5 - cut down 5 or 6" from the top and in 2" from the side
  • 6 - cut down 7 or 8" from the top and in 2" from the side
6) I folded the arm hole over and ironed it. I did that again and then sewed it.
7) Next I pinned and sewed 1 inch. Make sure when you are sewing it to leave an opening for the ribbon.
8) Then I folded the bottom about 1 inch and folded it again another inch and hemmed it.
9) I used 24" inches of ribbon, for a larger size you will need about a yard. I put the ribbon through the hole.
And just like that, you have a super cute shirt!
Here's my cute girl in it!
When I was making her a clip for her hair, I decided that it would be cute to put one on the shirt too.
Here's another one that I made with bias tape around the arm holes and some brown fabric at the bottom instead of ric-rac.

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WobiSobi said...

How cute is this! Love it!!!

Ladybird Ln said...

SOoo, cute, I love the yellow ric-rac! Thanks for sharing.


Tina said...

Wow, those are very neat. I have older girls and was wondering if they might like something like that, hmmm...cute baby BTW. Your blog is super; love all the ideas. Be back soon

mommy scraps alot

April@ Natural Nester said...

Love that!! I'm definitely going to try making a few of these for my little gal...with your tute even I should be able to do this! :) (BTW, I'm visiting from Get Your Craft On.)

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Awww...sweet baby girl and super cute shirts. Pillowcases never looked so darn cute! Please consider linking your super cute Etsy shop to The Homespun Slate @ The Tattered Tag, I would love to feature you one week. :)


Chandeen said...

Very cute. I have been wanting to make those little fabric flowers for ages now. I have to get out my sewing machine.

Delilah said...

That is so cute on your baby. I wish my daughter was still little so I could make cute clothes for her. thanks for sharing!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

That is so stinkin' adorable! Fabulous idea!
Thanks for linking up!

radn said...

both are so cute! I love the polka dot one more!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

those are soooo precious!! Love them!

Tammilee said...

I am a new follower from the Thursday blog hop.
I love the pillowcase shirt. What a great idea!
I blog at www.tammileetips.com

M+J=K3+E said...

Very cute...can you post how you made her bow too :) I am trying this whole thing today :) Thanks so much!!

Meg said...

Adorable! The shirt, too! ;)