ghost dress costume
What could be more traditional than a ghost costume? Sure, it might be traditional, but it doesn’t have to be boring — especially when it’s a costume made from dollar store stuff. Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts agreed to come show us how to make a pillowcase-style dress ghost costume that is cute enough to wear all through the month leading up to Halloween.
You can find all the supplies for this costume at the dollar store, or maybe you have what you need on hand already. If you don’t like to sew, this dress can be constructed with a hot glue gun. Just glue where the instructions say to sew!

Ghost Pillowcase Dress Costume

by Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts

ghost dress upplies
Project Materials:
  • Halloween Garland (loved the shimmer of purple), $1
  • a pack of black dishcloths, $1
  • 2 flour sack things – they’re by the kitchen towels, and there’s essentially a big square of white fabric, $2
  • Sewing machine & thread, on hand
  • Hot glue & glue sticks, on hand

Total: $4

How to Make It:

1. Cut the flour sacks to the size you want, lay them on top of each other with right sides together, and sew up the side seams.

ghost dress costume

2. Cut the half-a-“u” shape for the armholes as shown. Turn the edge and sew it down.

3. Cut the garland into 2 pieces – one that will go all the way around the bottom of the dress for trim and one to use as a shoulder tie. Also cut eyes and a mouth from the black dishcloth.

4. Then iron and sew down on the top of the front and back about 1 inch.  This will make a casing that the garland can pass through to tie the dress around the shoulders.

ghost dress costume

To attach the face pieces and garland trim around the bottom, I just used hot glue.  Then feed the other garland piece through the casing – try on the dress and tie it in place over one shoulder.  Voila!

ghost dress costume

I love this costume because it can also be everyday wear during the Halloween season.  My daughter wears it with a tank top and leggings underneath.

p.s. Last year I made an updated version of this classic halloween costume, too. Check out my tutorial: a ghost, but pillowcase style.