October 11, 2010

Pillowcase Ghost Dress

The classic costume - make a ghost out of a sheet.  The Updated Version: make a cute ghost out of a pillowcase (still in the sheet family).  I LOVE this!  I saw this at a local craft fair and knew I could whip one up. I think it's so versatile - it could be a costume, or it could just be a festive outfit for everyday wear in October.  I think it'll be perfect for my preschooler to wear when she tags along with me helping at school Halloween parties - or to wear to the library Halloween storytime, etc.

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Halloween Dresses

So here we go - a quick how-to make a Pillowcase Ghost Dress.  (Please ignore the bad pics - you know the lighting in my craft room is awful, and I didn't use my white balance like I should have...)

Grab a pillowcase (I always watch for sheets/pillowcases at garage sales - I got this and 3 more for $0.25 for the bundle - score), some black/white accent fabric, and some black fabric/fleece.

Hold the pillowcase up to your model to see how long you want the dress.  Remember adding the band at the bottom will make it longer.
Cut off the top of the pillowcase (the side opposite of the opening) - the part left is how long you want the dress to be.
Then cut armholes to look like the picture below.  I serged the edge of mine but you could hem it -just finish it somehow.  Then fold the top down about 1 inch and sew it to make a casing.  I detailed these steps in a previous Pillowcase Dress I made, so follow that link for more info.
Make a tube of fabric to thread through the casing.  Or you can use a black ribbon.  For the bottom, I hemmed a strip of fabric and then attached it to the bottom of the pillowcase.  I forgot to take pictures of that step.

Then cut some eyes and a mouth out of the black - so many options with this step - mean face, small mouth surprise face, crazy face, etc etc...
Then pin the eyes/mouth on and sew around the edges of them to attach them to the pillowcase.  That's it!
This was a quick and easy project - I love when I get something done, start-to-finish, during naptime!  If it's cold you could wear it with a long-sleeved black shirt and black leggings.  If it's warm it could be worn all by itself.  Cute, right?!  Would it be too ridiculous to make myself one?....


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

70 Fabulous Comments:

I love pillowcase dresses! This one rocks my Halloween world. What a great idea. The best thing is that you are going to be able to use it for years to come, because when it is too short to be a dress, it can be worn as a pillowcase top. Genius!

Awesome dress!! It's so cute! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:



LOVE IT!!! Might just have to make one or two hehe.

Absolutely adorable! Definitely...a MaMa and Me set would be too cute!

Wow!! Super cute! I'm gonna have to try this for sure!!!! Thanks for sharing that great tutorial too!!!!!

How adorable!!!! What a cute idea. I'm thinking a watermelon one for summer would be fun.

I love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

I LOVE this. Definitely making one for my daughter!

SO stinkin cute!!! Love this. Might have to file it away for when my little girl is a bit bigger!

Does it come in my size? - I love it

that is adorable! i love how you incorporated zebra and how it can be worn as a costume OR outfit! love this



My favorite thing I have seen tonight. I swear I wish I had someone to make one for. SO FUN!

Precious, precious! Wish my girls were small enough to want to wear this! So cute!

If I had a daughter, I would SO be making myself one!! For real, you should do it! Don't you have two daughter? That would be way cute, you and the two of them!

I have an 18yr old daughter and a 17yr old niece who would both totally love one of these. So Make yourself one!!!! I am probably going to make them one to wear on Halloween to college.

Mandy this is simply adorable! So clever and creative and yes...would it wierd to say I want one for me too! =) Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

That is way too cute! I don't think my boys would be too happy with one unfortunately!

Great job on the transformation! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Hopefully we can see you again next Tuesday! xoxo

-Marni @ Sassy Sites!

This is adorable! I will definately be making one for my little girl!
Thank you for inspiring me today. Visiting from Blue Cricket Designs Link party

Definitely the cutest Halloween outfit I've seen!

That is so cute! I can't wait to make one for Alie!!! I would wear one....YOU should wear one! :)

Very cute! I love how easy and simple it was to make. Can't beat that!


This is just adorable. I wish I had a little girl to make one for. The zebra-ish fabric totally makes it and I love the face you decided on. Your daughter must be thrilled.


That is just too darned cute!!! :)

This is adorable! Love the fabric too!

I love it! Come link up at terelauritsen.blogspot.com AKA PonyTails&FishScales!

Loving this idea!!!! So cute! I am highlighting this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

So cute...I even blogged about it.


I just love this! SOSOSOSOSO cute!
You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie linky Party!

So stinkin' cute! I'll be linking over to you in my "Week in Review" post on Saturday!

Wow, this is absolutely darling!! Fabulous idea!

Oh wow that is amazingly creative, me on the other hand am not creative at all. It came out very adorable.

I love this idea! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Oh my. That is way too cute (and so is the model!).

I featured this idea on my blog today - love it!


Come grab a button!

Sumo :)

I am SERIOUSLY loving this!!!!!! Completely a-dor-able in EVERY way! Thanks for sharing this great idea!!!!

LOVE it! Wish I had a little girl to have wear one. You could do a pumpkin too :) Come link up sometime to Handmade Tuesdays! It is a new linky I started with a tutorial :) www.ladybug-blessings.com

LOVE LOVE LOVE...I am tempted to make one for each of my three daughters AND one for me. Costume delema solved!

Such a cute dress! I wish it were warm enough here for me to make one of these for my little girl!

That dress is so cute! I Love it!

That is adorable! Love it!

Hi Mandy! I featured this idea today



This is AH-DORABLE! How sweet she looks in it too! You blog is darn cute!
Love it all...

Very Cute! I love it!

Hope you'll link up for Craftify It Thursday! :D Also, we have a guest crafter - Kim from A Girl & A Glue Gun

Jennifer @ Life with the Lebedas


Adorable and very creative! She looks like she loves it too!

We'd love for you to link up to our Homemade Halloween link party!

Love this! I've linked to it today on dabbled.org

So adorable! found you on Someday Crafts.

Thank you - Thank you! I made three - go see!

This is adorable, I think I will make it as a Snowman, I am a little late for Halloween. Thanks for the great idea.

I used your inspiration but did it on the free oliver+s popover sundress: http://www.flickr.com/photos/92253846@N00/5124286239/

this is darling!! Thanks for linking up with Sassy Sites! xoxo

I just posted on my blog about Halloween Decorations and I added a link to your Ghost Dress! My girls want one. :) Too Cute. http://veskebylindsay.blogspot.com/2011/09/halloween-ideas.html

How neat! I am going to attempt to make this, key word being attempt. ha! Very cute idea.

Thank you for the great ideas! I made both ghost and pumpkin dresses for my 1 year old!

i almost bought one like this last year cause my sewing machine was acting up. I'm happy I didnt; The girls on my facebook sells these between 30-60bucks crazy. I knew it was cheaper to make! thanks so much

About how much of the zebra fabric did you use?

This is such a cute idea! Its quite simple to make even for a novice sewer like me!
I will definitely have to add a link to this for one of my upcoming post about DIY halloween kids dress up ideas
If you want keep watch at http://jobjoggas1.blogspot.com.au/ I don't have many craft thing but lots of party ideas and some craft things to for kids!

This is so cute and easy! My daughter wants to be a ghost for Halloween and I've been thinking about trying this idea! I added it to a Costume Idea blog post I made. :-) http://faerieflysavingsmomma.blogspot.com/2012/10/so-many-costumes-to-chose-from-so.html

Loved the how to make a ghost costume, wove the link into the syndicated column Techlife - "Life Online - 3 Must Follow Tips" - http://bit.ly/XHduz2

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