Lined Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

by Destri on June 14, 2012

Lined Fat Quarter Dress Tutorial

Oh, just when I thought I couldn’t love this little dress more…I could make it over and over!  I’m so happy to add this tutorial for a lined version to the Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress Collection.  It gives the opportunity to really dress up the dress, and add another layer of interest.

Lined Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress

I added a simple eyelet ribbon to the bottom of the lining, but you can add a ruffle of fabric, or leave it off all together.  It’s just as simple as the original, and I’ll walk you through how to adjust the steps from the original tutorial with plenty of pictures and step by step instructions.

Lined Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

Lined Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

Use the Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress Sizing Chart and Cutting Guide that includes measurements for 3 months on up to 6T (or even older) to determine the fabric cuts, and the Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress Tutorial as a supplement to this tutorial. You can read through the directions first and then using the print button at the bottom of each post to delete text and photos that you don’t need from each to save on ink.

For this version you will need the fabric you intend to use for the lining and an trim if you want to add it to the bottom of the lining.  I used eyelet but you can even buy folded and ruffled fabric trim that would work great. Or use the leftover fabric for a coordinating ruffle.

Using the original tutorial assemble both the front and back panels stopping before you cut the armholes. Lay the lining fabric flat on a surface with two layers. Place one of the panels on top of the lining fabric.  Now cut around all four sides using the panel as the pattern. You will have to lining panels now.

Now cut off about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the lining panels to make them slightly shorter than the dress panels.  This is the case even if you don’t intend to add a ruffle trim.

You can see how my trim will peek out slightly at the bottom when all sewn up.  Cut the trim to length and sew to the bottom of the lining front and back pieces.  I pressed the lining bottom edge over 1/4 in twice, then sewed along the fold.  Then just sew the top of the trim to that folded edge.

If you want to add a fabric ruffle this tutorial will show you the basic steps for doing that.

Now using the guide on the original tutorial, cut the armholes all the same.  I just layered the panels together lining up the top and sides and cut all four layers.

Continue on with the original tutorial to finish the armholes and the sides.

To make the casing at the top tuck the lining inside the dress and line up the top and side seams.

Press the top over 1/4 inch and then 1/2 to make the casing. Repeat on the other side.

Now just sew right along the bottom edge, leaving the sides open.

Lined Pillowcase Dress Close Up

For this dress I used the instructions for adding elastic to the casing and then used fabric for the arms and sash.  This is a great option for little ones that will be all about pulling on the ties to the sash – and it is safer for younger babies too.

This is a 12 month size on a 12 month old baby. The lining makes the dress hit mid calf – so slightly longer than without the lining.  Speaking of the baby – isn’t she beautiful? She is my good friend Zoe’s baby, and we are so going to miss her when we move. Never mind that no matter how hard I try she’ll have nothing to do with me!   Unless her mom is gone – then she thinks I’m the bees knees :).

For the sash I used a 3 x 44 inch strip of fabric, cut the ends to a point, folded edges over 1/4 inch twice and sewed. Simple. Then I just tied the bow and tacked it with a needle and thread to the front.

I hope to see some pictures come in for this version!  I have loved all the variations popping up in my inbox!

Have a question? Just leave it in the comments and I will be more than happy to help you out there.

Do you like this version?  If so, I’d love if you’d share it with others that might like it too!  Just like it, pin it, stumble it, or whatever your favorite form of sharing is (besides copying and pasting ;)).  That would make my day!

Thanks for reading friends!


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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha June 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Thanks for the tutorial! I love your dress:) I pinned it to add to my really long “I want to sew this” list!


Jessica at Me Sew Crazy June 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Des – this is so adorable!!! That lace eyelet peeking out at the bottom is simply darling. Thank you so much for sharing! Just lovely :)


Peggy June 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I love this tutorial and want to Pin It but I don’t know how to do this as I cannot find the Pinterest icon. Thank you.


Christie June 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Love this tut collection!! Having hardly ever sewn before, I’ve jumped right in by making my youngest daughter a Fat Quarter Dress w/Elastic Neck. It’s wonderfully amazingly easy for this extreme novice to have made something for her!! Next up, matching FQPD’s for my 3 youngest daughters to match!!

I noticed that the sleeves are different on this one than on the tut for the original FQPD and for the elastic neck pattern…. Please share!! Since I made the first one using scraps that I had had left over from fabric that I had from a friend sewing for me, I don’t have coordinating bias tape for the straps. And I really think that I prefer the sleeves on this tut.

Thanks soo much!!!


Destri June 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

Hi Christie! So sorry for the delayed reply! I’m up to my eyeballs in moving and ran away to Starbucks, so here I am :). Okay, for those sleeves, I did it just like the elastic neckline, but used fabric instead of ribbon or bias tape. I made mine 3 inches wide and then folded the edges over 1/4 inch twice, pressed, and sewed. Then I just gathered the ends with my fingers and stuck them in the opening and sewed in place – just like in the elastic neckline tutorial.
Does that make sense? Let me know!


Vivian July 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Thanks for the explanation on the sleeve/straps. They are adorable and a bit more modest. Love the twist using fat quarters (have abundance in my stash) along with the eyelet peek a boo.


Karen June 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

This is very cute — my 8 mo. old granddaughter will look super cute in it!. We don’t get “fat quarters” at the store where I shop, so I will likely make this one colour with a co-ordinating ruffle and/or lace and/or ribbon embellishment ;) I look at a pattern and my brain starts looking through my stash to pick out a fabric. I have a really cute printed yellow eyelet lace fabric that would be adorable. I’m sure glad her Mom likes her in little dresses and “girlie” tops and short/pants as I really enjoy making them :D It is so quick to run up a little dress for a baby. I will send a picture when I get this one done. Thanks for your post!


rosezanne August 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

That is so beautiful I love how you did the straps. :)


Erin September 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I have enjoyed these tutorials so much and made so many of these dresses this summer. I’m getting ready to make another one for a friend and was wondering how to go about lining it. I came back to re-read the tutorial and you READ MY MIND!! Thank you so much for these great tutorials!


Destri September 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Yay! Love it when that happens :). You’re welcome!


Maggie October 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Love all of these FQ dress tutorials! I have just a couple questions. Do you sew up the side seams of the lining and the dress separately or all together? And about the sleeves, I’m making this for my niece who lives across the country and I don’t know how big(length over the shoulder) to make sleeves without trying it on her. Any suggestions for 2T? Thanks so much again for these wonderful tutorials!


tammy November 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hi! I absolutely love your blog. These pillowcase dresses are so cute and easy to make. This time around I am making the elastic neckline and I have a question. I am doing the straps like on this dress with fabric. Did you fold down all four sides and sew them? It has made my straps really bulky and I’m having a hard time getting it to fit in the opening. Thanks in advance.


Destri November 20, 2012 at 12:20 am

Hi Tammy, thanks so much! I only folded the two long sides, as you enclose the ends in the opening which conceals the raw edge so no worries on fray. If that wasn’t quite what you meant, let me know!


Tammy November 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Thank you so much for answering my question so fast. That is what I was thinking but wanted to make sure. It turned out great!! Love your blog.


Ada Mae January 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm

This is adorable. I was looking for something for my Grand daughter who is turning 4.
I also just had a great niece born and was trying to think of something different.
This will be great!


Shirley February 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I am in love with these Tutorials. I am old school when it comes to sewing and I need a pattern and instructions to get me going. You have opened up all kinds of dresses for me to make for Charity. I am using up my scraps that are big enough for dresses. Then I will hit the yards of fabric I changed my mind and didnt sew.

Thanks again for this it is great. oh do you have any ideas what to do with the smaller scraps I have?


'Lane March 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

I LOVE this! The eyelet gives the dress such a custom expensive look! Also, the fabric straps instead of ribbon is brilliant! I am new to your site and I am thrilled to have found it! Do you have a tut on applique? I have never appliqued and soooo want to try it for the summer! Thank you very much for sharing!


Fuss March 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

So smart. I find a lot of pillow case dresses at Estate Sales. Thanks for your tutorial.


Patti April 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I am trying to figure out how to make a pillowcase dress with a neck ruffle that stands up .instead of laying flat down. If that doesn’t make sense, picture a fabric gift bag,(the ones with a drawstring top) only with armholes cut out. Can’t seem to figure it out.
Can you help? I love these dresses – they are so easy to sew!


Sherry April 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Hi…I found you via Pinterest and I LOVE all of your pillowcase dress versions, but I think this one is my fav!! I can’t wait to make this for my niece!! I have a commercial pattern for the dresses but your tutorial is so easy to understand and your sizing/cutting chart is PERFECT!!! I can’t wait to start cutting up my fabrics!! Thank you so much for all of the variations on such a sweet and simple dress!!



Michele June 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I just did a version of this dress for my daughter. It came out great thanks to your wonderful pictures. It was my first attempt at a dress with a lining. I am a total beginner and the pictures really inspired me to try this one. THANKS!!


Ani June 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I made one of these dresses for my 4-year old with the bias tape straps and it’s so cute!

Now I want to try to make one with a big bow like this for my 2-year old, but was wondering…how did you make the bow detachable?



Bobbie Baugh June 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

I would like to do straps like these on a size 4 with the elastic in the casing. I am wondering how long I should cut the straps. I plan to attach the straps to the elastic and tack them at each end of the two casings. Thanks for your help.


Ani July 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

How did you make the bow detachable?

I’m making two of these dresses for my girls to wear as flower girls in my sister’s wedding! I love the idea of the detachable bow because then we can take it off at the reception while they’re eating or any other time it may seem to be getting in their way!


Destri July 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Hi Ani,

I love that idea, then they are always ready for pictures :) I actually tacked it on this dress, but the most simple way would be to add a clip (little silver hair clip) that you could snap on the side where the straps go – does that make sense? Let me know!


Ani July 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

Yes! Thank you!


Ani August 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I just finished two of these for my girls to wear as flower girl dresses in my sister’s wedding this weekend!

Pictures of the dresses are here:

No pictures of the girls wearing them yet because I put them on really quick to make sure they fit and then took them off before they got them dirty…just hoping they stay white through the pictures!!! Thanks for this great tutorial!


judy September 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

the shoes she’s wearing are so cute–where can I find them?
the dress is just wonderful


Destri September 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thanks Judy! On the shoes, I think my friend bought them at Stride Rite. That would have been some time ago though!


malligarajesh March 14, 2014 at 12:05 am

I Love this. It is really good. Now I m going try for my daughter.
Thank you.


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