January 7, 2011

Pillowcase Snowman Dress

I know, you probably saw this coming from a mile away - but I just had to do it!

 I am coming to realize that themed pillowcase dresses are my thing - so simple (already hemmed for you) and so cute - and I've been stocking up on pillowcases at garage sales ($0.25 to $.50 each - great bargain for a dress!) that are just begging to be made.  Anyways, to review, I've made the ghost and the pumpkins:



So anyways, on to a quick tutorial (for more detailed versions, see my basic pillowcase dress tutorial) on how to make a Snowman Pillowcase Dress.


 First, cut your white pillowcase - here the opening is on the left.  You'll cut off the end according to how long you want the dress.  Then you cut half-"u" shapes for the armpits - I fold my pillowcase in half to do this:
 Then finish the edges that you cut - I serged them, but you can hem them or zigzag them or whatever.  Then fold over the top edge to make a casing for your ribbon and sew it into place:
 Next cut all the shapes for the snowman.  I freehanded the carrot and mouth and eyes.  For the buttons I grabbed the nearest round object and cut around it.  Then I cut the same circle, but slightly smaller, out of a different fabric. 
 Laying out the design might have been the longest part of this project - I couldn't decide on spacing - then I realized it didn't matter and got on with life.
 For the buttons I wanted to make them bright because otherwise snowmen are kind of boring.  But I thought they needed to be black to look like buttons - layering was my solution.  I sewed an "x" using a zig zag and a couple of straight stitches to make it really stick out.  (Did you know if you ever need to see pictures bigger you can click on them? - try it).  I wanted 3 buttons but there was no room.  I left the edges raw and figure it'll get that frayed look.
 For the nose I sewed lines to make it look like a carrot.  I'm sure I'm the only one who will notice this totally unnecessary detail.  Once again, raw edges.  The black won't fray because it's felt.
 Thread your ribbon through the casing and voila, you're done.  This is such a quick project that it's even better than a naptime project - you can get it done when kids are awake!

Obviously, since she'll be wearing a Snowman Dress in the Winter, pair it with a long-sleeved shirt and leggings.  My model, loving it:





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28 Fabulous Comments:

These are adorable!!! Thanks for tutorial, I need to try to make one of these!!! :)

2 ~ 2 Cute! They're all cute of course...but I Luff the Ghost!

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tooo cute.

That is SUCH a cute dress!! I linked to your tutorial at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-snowman-pillowcase-dress/2011/01/07/

--Anne

I've been looking for a pillow case dress tutorial!!! Love the zebra on the ghost!!! We would love it if you would link this up at Fancy This Fridays. http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/01/fancy-this-fridays-edition-6.html

I knew someone would make one and you seem like the most logical person to come up with this idea:) Love it! I am featuring this Saturday morning at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Hi this is Nicole from Colies Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I really like your blog, and am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. www.colieskitchen.com

very cute! I love this idea!

I love this! I had seen the ghost one you did but totally missed the pumpkins! They're all so cute.
xoxo,
Amy
www.amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com

I absolutely love this and I am going to do it this coming week and then link my blog to yours!!! Thank you so much for inspiring me! Brooke
Girl Boy Girl Inspired

I love this! It is too cute!

Hey Mandy! Just wanted to let you know we loved this idea so much we featured it on Truly Lovely! Hope you'll stop by and grab a featured button! :) Thanks for linking up to Fancy This Fridays!!! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/01/fancy-this-features-6.html

Hey Mandy! Just wanted to let you know we loved this idea so much we featured it on Truly Lovely! Hope you'll stop by and grab a featured button! :) Thanks for linking up to Fancy This Fridays!!! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/01/fancy-this-features-6.html

OMG this has got to be the cutest thing I've ever seen! Just darling!

I love this idea, so cute!!!

I absolutely adore this! I tried finding a white pillowcase around my town so I could make one and no such luck. I will have to wait until I go out of town. Thanks for linking up to hoo's got talent!

Super cute!! Of course... everything you do is darling! xoxo!

SO cute!!! Love how you've thought of so many seasons/holidays!! Cupid coming soon??

Thanks so much for the idea. I just made this tonight for my daughter. Will post a link once I have her try it on tomorrow.

Thanks so much for the idea. I just made this tonight for my daughter. Will post a link once I have her try it on tomorrow.

Here is the dress I created:
http://savegreenbeinggreen.blogspot.com/2011/01/184-snowman-dress-made-from-bed-sheet.html

I love all of your pillow case dresses and really need to make my girls some. I'll be featuring this tomorrow.
p.s. thanks for linking up to my snow challenge.

I featured this on Hoo's got talent today! Hoot Hoot!

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