Crafts

How to Make a Pillowcase Dress

by Jody Smith on January 29, 2014

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How to Make a Pillowcase Dress

If you have been thinking about trying a sewing project this one couldn’t get much simpler or be cuter!  Just follow these directions on How To Make a Pillowcase Dress!

Warm weather is just around the  corner and this sweet pillowcase dress would look darling on any little girl in your life (or a baby doll in your life).  Once it is too short for a dress it makes an adorable long top over leggings, blue jeans, or slacks.

No pattern is required, and it is a frugal- it only needs a small piece of inexpensive fabric and a piece of ribbon.

I made it so easy that you don’t even have to cut armholes!

Pick up a pretty piece of fabric at your local craft store (1/2 to 1 yard) and get started!

 Supplies:

Fabric ½ yard to 1 yard of fabric

1 yard of 1” ribbon

thread

sewing machine (or you can do by hand)

iron

ironing board

a safety pin

scissors or rotary cutting tool

how to make a pillowcase dress

Directions:

Begin by cutting your fabric in half, matching edges all the way around.

Here are some basic measurements for  cutting your fabric:

    Size Width Length Finished
6-12 mo. 16” 19” 16”
18-24 mo. 18” 22” 19”
2t 22” 24” 21”
3t 22” 25” 22”
4t 22” 26” 23”
5 22” 28” 25”
6 22” 30” 27”

I don’t like to mess with pins when sewing so the simplest way to prepare your seams for sewing  is to fold the fabric on the sides inward 1/2” and press flat with an iron. Fold the bottom up at 1” and iron flat. To prepare the top of your dress for running the ribbon through- fold a 2” seam over and iron.  Repeat this with both pieces of your fabric.

how to make a pillowcase dress

Using the zig-zag or straight stitch on your sewing machine (or you can sew by hand) sew up the side seams on each piece of fabric just inside the edge of fabric where you folded it over.  Then sew across the dress’s bottom and across the top.  Repeat with your second square of fabric.

pillowcase dress

Now place your fabric pieces together inside out- right side of fabric to right side. Sew from the bottom up 1/4” in from edge stopping at 5” from the top for 6-12 months and 18-24 months.  Stop at 6” for all larger sizes.

pillowcase dress

Turn your dress right side out.  Place a safety pin on the end of your ribbon and feed it through one end of your top seam, run the ribbon out the opposite end and through the other side, adjust ribbon so it is evenly distributed on both sides.  Remove safety pin and tie a bow on one side.

pillowcase dress

Press your dress with iron all over, it is now ready to wear!

how to make a pillowcase dress

And check out this rag wreath DIY for another fun project!

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Father’s Day Craft: Pen/Pencil Holder

by Jana on June 10, 2013

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Need a thoughtful and easy Father’s Day Craft? How about a pen or pencil holder for Dad’s desk?

Materials Needed:

1. Popsicle sticks (about 20)
2. Hot glue ( I tried tape and it did not work)
3. Crayons
4. Sharpie marker
5. Ribbon (color of your choice)
6. 1 empty metal can washed out and dried

Directions:

1. Ask your kiddos what they love about their Dad and write the responses on the popsicle sticks using a black Sharpie.

2. Once all popsicle sticks are written on, let your kids color them. I had Miles color all of his green and Allie pink so that my husband would be able to tell who said what.

3. Glue popsicle sticks around the can.

4. Tie a ribbon around the top of the can.

5. Fill the can with new pens or pencils. (I forgot to buy them at the store so just used items from around the house for the picture, but plan on filling it with pencils since my husband works at an elementary school.)

The total cost for the entire project was under $3.00 and I think it turned out really nice. The kiddos can not wait to give it to their daddy.

Happy Crafting!

 

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If you know someone graduating from high school it’s always such a challenge to make your gift stand out from the crowd.  In a world of photo albums and gift cards what can you do?

This very simple project can help you look creative!

(Trust me, if I can do it you can do it).

Here is what you need to complete your gift:

1 piece of poster board or foam board
Candy bars (potential list below)
Tape (I just used good quality masking tape but you could use double sided as well)
Markers

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Start by finding the candy bars.  I started at a cheaper store (Target) and then moved to a gas station to grab the rest.  If your kids help with the project you can have them see if they can create their own wording.

These are the words I used with the candy bars in bold.  You can change it up to work around whatever you can find!

Don’t think that I’m a nerd or snicker at me for making this poster.  I wanted to give you 100 Grand for graduation but it slipped through my Butterfinger.  Be sure to take Extra time and have Mounds of fun this summer since you have Skored a degree.  Whether you are aiming for 5th Avenue or the Milky Way remember I love you to Pieces.

You can either write the letters out the way I did or just print them and tape to the poster board.

Attach a check for whatever the year is (if it’s 2013 a check for $20.13 is always appreciated) and you have the perfect gift!

 

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Easy Easter Chick Craft for Kids

by Jana on March 20, 2013

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My kids love making crafts. With Easter coming up and the weather not fit to be outside I pulled out the craft box to make this adorable Easter egg chick. Since my kiddos are only 4 and 2 I kept it simple, but you could definitely tweak this to fit your kiddos age.

Supplies Needed:

materials needed

  • 2 sheets of cardstock (I chose yellow and orange)
  • 1 sheet of scrapbook paper (I chose  striped)
  • 2 eyes per chick (bag of 20 available at Micheal’s for 99 cents without a coupon)
  • scissors
  • glue stick

If you do not have yellow paper use white and let your kiddos color it. To keep the cost of kid crafts down I try to use what I have around the house and let the kids be creative.

Instructions:

1. Cut the yellow piece of paper into a large oval shape.

2. Cut a medium size triangle for the beak and 2 long strips for legs out of orange paper.

beak,legs, and body

3. Trace kids hands onto the printed piece of paper and cut out for the wings.

4. If hat or bow is desired, use leftover paper to cut one out.

5. Fold the 2 orange strips accordion style. Glue to the bottom of the egg for legs.

5. Glue beak and eyes on in the middle of chick.

6. Glue hands onto the chick. One hand on each side.

7. If desired, glue hat or a bow to the top of the egg.

8. Let dry and then hang where desired.

finished product

I think the kiddos did a great job on these. It was quick and simple which allowed our craft time to go smoothly!

So go gather your supplies and have fun!

 

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