Turn a pillowcase dress into a storage solution!

Yes, you read that correctly.  Storage solution.  It’s a beautiful thing really. I was recently faced with this dilemma: what to do when your little girl out-grows a monogrammed pillowcase dress?  It’s not likely that you know anyone with the same initials, and ripping out the monogram would just make a mess. The solution I came to, after starring at the dress for a few moments, is so simple it’s almost ridiculous.  Make a drawstring bag… or rather a drawribbon bag!  I realized and then promptly created this so quickly I didn’t take any pictures of the process, but I promise you won’t need them.

Here are four easy steps:

1. Turn dress inside out and sew along the bottom, closing it up completely.

2. Tie the two ribbon pieces together and thread them through the top, so that it’s basically one long ribbon acting as a drawstring.

3. Turn dress inside out again and sew all the way up one side closing up the armhole and securing the ribbon in place.  I left one armhole open because I liked how it shaped the bag. (see picture below)

4. Turn the dress right side out and pull the ribbon to gather the top and voila, Storage Solution!

Charlotte is currently storing her Leap Frog learning alphabet in the bag but I can already see it holding barbie clothes or toiletries in the future.

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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