Pillowcase Skirts – a Slumber Party Activity

We love to wear dresses, the more color they have and the more they “flounce” the better they are. A few weeks ago Elmer’s sponsored a craft camp – my kids had a blast making some giant fabric wall letters, and we had so many leftover supplies we dug the box out again the next time we had guests over. This time, we had four girls and two boys here for a slumber party and while the boys play pirates, the girls made flower skirts.

DIY pillowcase skirt

What you need to create pillowcase skirts:

Pre-washed Pillowcases.
Elmer’s Permanent Markers
Cardboard Boxes (to protect your surfaces)
Acrylic paints
Eye Droppers

Stuff the cardboard inside the pillowcase. This will help prevent the marker from bleeding onto your table and will help provide a sturdy surface for the girls to decorate on. We began our “party” decorating our pillowcases with the markers. Some of the girls drew flowers, others faces, others made butterflies, while the youngest scribbled on all of the masterpieces. We were blessed to have some incredibly patient and indulgent girls who tolerated my 2 year olds participation. Even the boys decided to help.

girls slumber party activity.

Once your pillowcase is adequately decorated (are they ever?? I had a hard time dragging one of the girls away from her creation), mix some acrylic paint with water and use this “paint” mixture to fill-in your drawings. The paint helps seal the permanent marker and adds color to your project.   You can use an eye-dropper instead of a paintbrush, it works like a straw or paint-pen.   Fill it with paint and write with it.   This is a less messy way to paint, well, as long as they don’t “spray” the paint everywhere.   We loved mixing our colors by painting one color then, as it is wet, brushing another color over it. The colors would bleed together to create a fun effect.
After your pillowcase has dried. It is time to “cure” it. Wash it in hot water with two cups of vinegar. The heat and the vinegar will help “set” the dyes. Be sure to wipe out your washer before re-using it. The colors did bleed a bit the first time, but it added to the “effect”. I did not notice any bleeding after the third wash, but you might want to wash it with mixed colored items for awhile to be sure.
To create your pillowcase into a dress, string elastic through the one end and straight hem the other side. You should have a simple elastic band straight skirt. My preschoolers loved personalizing their clothes!   And my youngest preschooler especially loves wearing the skirt “she made with her friends”.   Want a more detailed tutorial on how to create a pillowcase skirt, check out Snip and Snail.


  1. This is a delightful activity, very cute. My girls LOVED making coloring and decorating pillowcases at slumber parties. In their circle of friends it became one of the expected activities when they all got together. I love the idea of making a skirt and I’m going to pass it on to the girls and pin it too. Thanks! Kristi

  2. What a fantastic idea. I am helping a friend plan her daughters party. I will definitely suggest this idea! Up on my pintrest it goes!

  3. I love this idea. Looks like so much fun!

    I’d love for you to link up to our “Crafts for Under Twenty-Somethings” Thursdays this week! It’s a blog hop specifically for kids and teens ideas, so your ideas would be perfect! I’ll hope you’ll come link up this Thursday.



  4. Super cute. My girls would LOVE this. 🙂 Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on right now over on my blog. 🙂


  5. Such a great way to do it with kids.

  6. What a fun idea! I’m sure the girls loved it. I know I would have when I was a girl (I would love to do this!).

  7. So cute! Great party idea. I’m sure the girls LOVED it.

  8. What a fun project for kids or adults! 🙂 I love these skirts! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday.

  9. This is such a fun idea and simply adorable! The girls did a fantastic job! Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  10. prietomom says:

    I love the idea and want to do it with my daughter but am trying to think of a way to involve my son… A cape, just a pillow case, a bag…. Any ideas on how to involve boys in this great idea??? Thanks!

  11. Pingback: 12 Sweet School Themed Treats to Celebrate the End of the Year – Baby Candy Land

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *