Last week, I saw one of the beautiful toddlers at our church coming down the hall in what looked like a handmade pillowcase dress. Sure enough, her mom had whipped it up for her and assured me that it was as easy as it looked. That’s all I had to hear!
One of the great things about having had a whole mess of nieces before I had my daughter is that I always have a guinea pig, in just about any size, for my sewing experiments.
This is for my Magnificent Bean, who is turning four (!) this month. I was so happy to still have a large enough remnant of this print, which I’d used to make her an outfit (it was the first run of The Dress, in fact) when she was an infant. I know you don’t really need a pattern for this sort of project, in theory, but I always do. There are good tutorials here and here, amongst a slew of good tutorials, but I happened to have one in a book.
Which book, you ask? Well, I wasn’t sure myself. Hmm, where have I seen that before? Which book would have a project that called for a pillowcase. . .recycled materials, if you will. . .?
Could it be Sewing Green?
Would that have been the first place a thinking person would have looked, especially if that person had read it cover to cover several times only a couple of weeks ago?
You would think. It took me a while, though. Whatever; I found it.
OK, and I even made the bias binding (because I didn’t have any of the packaged kind in the right color, and I had to make it RIGHT THIS MINUTE once I got started), and the whole endeavor took less than a couple of hours. And that’s including the eighty times I went over each step, and let’s not forget it was 9 o’clock at night. Sometimes, these things just take over your brain, you know? I couldn’t stop!
Yep. There will be more of these.