Sizing Chart: The Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress

by Destri on March 31, 2012

Okay, so this has been a long time coming, but I did make it in under a year!  Ever since I posted The Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress Tutorial last year I have wanted to post a sizing guide.  After a flood of requests this spring, I finally sat down and crunched some numbers, made some samples, and even added a front or back tie option, an elastic no-tie option for infants, and a fun lined option with bottom trim.  I now have it sized for as little as 3 months on up to a children’s size 6 for use with fat quarters and fabric cut off the bolt (with fabric requirements).  There are also a couple suggestions for older girls.


Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress Sizing and Cutting Chart

The purpose of using fat quarters is they come in fun coordinating colors, making for a fun and cohesive look without being too matchy-matchy.  Most fat quarters come in a generous cut of 18″ x 22″, however you may find that some measure slightly smaller.  If you find this when making a 5T or 6T just add a little to the bottom panel to compensate.

When buying fabric off the bolt for this pattern, you will need a 1/4 yard of five fabrics. This will give you 5 pieces measuring 9 x 44, which is plenty for the sizes listed below on the guide.  You can certainly use fabric scraps for this dress, just cut to size.

Use the print button at the bottom of this post to remove any unwanted text when printing.


For larger sizes, you can use 5 different fabric combinations cut to size. To make the dress longer, just add length to the dress panels, and to make wider add width to the dress panels. You can also make this as a top for tweens on up.  Here are a couple measurements as a guideline:

  • Girls size 7/8 – cut 8 dress panels 6″ x 24″ and 2 bottom panels 6″ x 22″
  • As a top for Girls 9 and up – cut 8 panels  6 1/2″ x 19″ and 2 bottom panels 7″ x 26″ (before cutting arm holes try on girl and cut length if needed)

Of course the beauty of a pillowcase style dress is that it can grow with your girl.  The dress I made for my little girl at age 2, looked adorable with a pair of leggings when she turned 4.  As she gets older she will be able to wear it as a fun top with jeans.

It is also an all seasons piece, just add leggings and a shirt for the winter months.

I hope you have fun with this, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer them there.


p.s. I worked pretty hard on this, so I would appreciate you linking to the post rather than taking the chart and posting on any blog or website. Thanks so much!

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