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?….

Thanks for checking out this post from www.SugarBeeCrafts.com – – click on over to read it in its entirety – you’ll love it!

Thanks for Reading


  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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

  5. says

    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!


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