How to Sew a Pillowcase Skirt for Beginners

How to Sew a Pillowcase Skirt for Beginners It is so hard to believe it, but we just celebrated my youngest daughter’s second birthday. She loves Minnie Mouse, so we had to have a Minnie Themed birthday party for her.  A homemade pink polka dot skirt went great with the Minnie Mouse birthday shirt I purchased for her on Etsy.  A pretty pillowcase was all I needed to create this easy-to-sew skirt.  It came together very quickly from a great tutorial on Pinterest!  Now it’s your turn!


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I created my first skirt a few years ago for my girls to wear on Valentine’s Day. They were circle skirts I found on Pinterest.  This tutorial includes a video which was perfect for me to follow.  I changed up the hem on these and added bias tape because sewing the hem scared me a little.  I used a great tutorial on how to finish an edge with bias binding. You can find my pin for that here.

The first skirts I ever made.
The first dress I made was pretty tricky. My daughter wanted to be a snowflake fairy princess.  Using tulle for my first dress was probably not the easiest. It wasn’t perfect, but my daughter loved it.

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How to Sew a Pillowcase Skirt

How to Sew a Pillowcase Skirt for Beginners First off, I did get a little help from a tutorial I found on Pinterest.  I made a few changes to mine, but in all honesty, this Pin is the most straightforward version to follow.


1 Pillowcase

Elastic (1″ to 2″ wide”)

I found my pillowcase for a few dollars at Marshalls. Keep in mind that the opening of the pillowcase will become the bottom of your skirt, and the hem is built right in for you! How cool is that?! This skirt will come together so quickly for you. Another tip is to choose your pillowcase wisely.  Select one with fabric that is not a “directional fabric” or “one-way print.” These prints may end up sideways on your skirt if you aren’t careful.

If you turn your pillowcase so that the opening is facing down, the pattern should look correct.  If not, choose a different pillowcase.  Polka dots typically work well.

Vintage pillowcases are super cute to use on this project. Check your closets or second-hand stores.  I also found a few cheap options here at Target.








You will also need a piece of elastic. Okay, if you are looking for the EASIEST way to sew your elastic, please follow along with this tutorial as it will give you an enclosed elastic.  I used this silver elastic I had leftover from the Valentine circle skirts.  It was sparkly, and I did not want to hide it.  So, here is what I did.

First, I measured my daughter’s waist and the length from her waist to where I wanted the hem to land.

Then I cut off the top of the pillowcase to the desired length.  I also cut the elastic to fit my daughter’s waist.

There were tags on both the inside and outside of the pillowcase. I did not want them to remain on my finished skirt, so I took a seam ripper and cut the tags out. This left a small hole as you can see.

While the pillowcase was inside out, I used a basic straight stitch to sew that small hole back together. It was easy peasy!




This skirt needed a little embellishment.  I used mini pom poms in white and black. Sewing them directly on the seams of the bottom of the pillowcase made it super simple to keep a straight line. I followed the two seams directly on the bottom of the pillowcase.  I started with the black and sewed it to the bottom seam.  Then, added the white right on the top stitch. Super simple and super straight and I loved how the black peaked out at the bottom.

The Elastic

Next, was the elastic waistband.  What I didn’t take into consideration was the waist of the circle skirt is much smaller than the waist of the pillowcase. Like, WAY smaller.  I was determined to do it, so I followed the directions on how to add the elastic using the same instructions from the circle skirt tutorial found here.

I folded over a 1/4 inch and ironed it all the way around the waist of the fabric.




Then, I needed to mark the skirt in four quarters. I couldn’t pin the elastic to the skirt in 4 sections because of the amount of fabric on the pillowcase. The pins wouldn’t hold it for me. So, I drew lines matching up the back, front, and both sides so that when I sewed the elastic onto the pillowcase, the gathers would be somewhat even all around.


How to Sew a Pillowcase Skirt for Beginners

The best way to begin attaching these two pieces was to match up the seams of the elastic and the pillowcase. That became the back of the skirt.

I focused on sewing a quarter of the elastic to the fabric at a time and really needed to stretch it as I went around. The gathers happened all on their own.

Once that was sewn on, my daughter’s skirt was complete! The skirt is very full, and she loves it!

How to Sew a Pillowcase Skirt for Beginners

I found the perfect “I’m TWOodles” shirt on Etsy to go along with this skirt. You can find it here.

Here are a few photos of her Minnie Mouse themed birthday party.

Please let me know if you have any questions by commenting below. I cannot wait to create SEW many more wonderful things with you!

~ Tara

How to Sew a Pillowcase Skirt for Beginners












24 thoughts on “How to Sew a Pillowcase Skirt for Beginners

  1. No questions because your tutorial was fabulous! I am going to sew up a couple of these for my granddaughters. They will love them! They love anything that Nana makes them. Thanks for making it easy for me!

  2. I haven’t sewn with elastic before but this looks doable! I think this came out so cute. I will have to give your skirt a try – thanks for the tutorial!

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