1. Here is a traditional pillowcase dress pattern using an actual pillowcase (I often use fabric instead). I followed this pattern to make this dress for Little Dresses for Africa.
2. Here's another pillowcase dress pattern/tutorial. I used these instructions to make my first dress for Indigo. However, since Indi is only two years old, I used fabric rather than a pillowcase for a better fit.
When I first discovered Little Dresses for Africa, I came across this blog post where this crafty mama hosted a Little Dresses for Africa Pillowcase Party. I instantly loved the idea and knew this was something I had to do as well. You have got to check out the amazing dresses that they made! She inspired me to start embellishing my pillowcase dresses.
I was told by the women who started Little Dresses for Africa that the little girls love pockets. So I started adding pockets as well. And let me tell you, the love of pockets must be universal because my daughter loves them, too!
I made this next one (for Little Dresses) out of a gently used shirt of mine. My daughter called it the "zebra dress".
3. Oliver + S has a free pattern for their "Popover Sundress" which looks similar to a pillowcase dress, but is made with fabric instead. I made this one for my daughter to test out the pattern before my Little Dresses party. I finished it with a blind hem to make it a bit fancier.
I hope you find a pattern that works for you. I'd love to see the photos of your dresses! Happy sewing!