How to Make a Children's Tube Dress: 9 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Let her feel like a big girl with a tube dress for dress up. If your little munchkin has turned into a little fashionista like most little girls, it's hard to keep up with her new love for everything fashionable. Fortunately, you're a crafty and resourceful parent and you can keep up with her love of clothes while avoiding breaking the bank on the shopping budget. Make her a little tube dress from one of those old T-shirts from your closet, and she'll strut down her imaginary runway with pride.


  1. 1
    Measure around the widest part of her hips and add an inch. This is likely going to be her widest area. If she's wider anywhere else, use that measurement instead. That's the only circumference measurement you need for now.
  2. 2
    Measure from just beneath her underarms to whatever length you'd like her little tube dress and add an inch. That's it – measurements are done!
  3. 3
    Lay the T-shirt (or fabric) flat, with the bottom directly in front of you. Now you've got to draw the measurements on the fabric with tailor's chalk. Start between the arms on the dress and draw a line that's equal to half her circumference. Measure down the length of the dress and draw the same half-circumference line again.
  4. 4
    Connect the sides by drawing a line from the top left to the bottom left, and then from the top right to the bottom right. Now, just cut out the dress shape along your chalk lines. (Just make sure you cut through both front and back layers of the T-shirt.)
  5. 5
    Lay the two pieces of the dress flat with the good sides facing inward. Sew a straight stitch down the right and left sides. (A straight stitch is simple one stitch in front of the other.)
  6. 6
    Fold over the bottom edge of the dress. Right now it's got a rough hemline and you want to fix that. Sew along your folded edge to create a neat and tidy hem.
  7. 7
    Fold over the top so you can give it a clean edge too. This time, fold over at least 3/4-inch of fabric. Sew this fold in place just like you did the hem, but make sure you're sewing right near the rough edge of the folded fabric. When you do this, it creates a tube for you to get some elastic into later.
  8. 8
    Pull out the tape measure again and measure around your little munchkin's chest, just beneath her underarms. Subtract a full inch from that measurement and cut a piece of elastic to that length.
  9. 9
    Slide that strip of elastic through the top of the dress and sew the ends to the dress. Flip the dress right side out and voila – a simple tube dress.


  • Just because you can, doesn't mean you have to stop here. You can embellish that dress with all kinds of adornments to fancy it up. Add an entire row of silk flowers around the top of the dress, or sew on ribbon bows all the way around the bottom. If she's into glitz and glamor, glue on a few imitation gemstones or rhinestones to make her new dress sparkle.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing tape measure
  • Adult T-shirt (or stretchy fabric)
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • 1/2-inch wide elastic

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