Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Strawberry Pillowcase Dress

This little strawberry sundress
got LOTS of attention around town today.

To pull this idea together, I used THIS FABULOUS tutorial...
found at LBG Studio

.... with my own little embellishments, of course.

Since Vanessa's tutorial is so fabulous, I'm going to refer you to her blog for the details on making these adorable little pillowcase dresses.  She even offers a printable pattern!

However, here are the things I did differently to create my version.

Supplies I Used:
- Red Cotton Fabric
- Green Cotton Fabric
- Thread, red & green
- Green Ribbon, 3/4" thick
- Black Knit Fabric

For my dress, I wanted to have green on the top, and red on the bottom, so I cut the fabric as shown below.  (I didn't use the pattern, but was doing it freehand.  I later went in and made my arm curves deeper then you see below.)

Next, sew your green to the red fabric so you have your front and back pieces of your dress.

For the rest of the dress I followed Vanessa's directions for a Fabric Tie Casing Dress.  I used my green fabric to make bias-tape to edge the arms, and used the green ribbon to thread through the casing.

To embellish...

1) I added a ruffle of green ribbon between the red and green fabric.  I did this by gathering the ribbon with a hand-stitch and pinning it in place.  I then stitched the ribbon down the center onto the dress, and removed my hand stitching.

2) Last, I added the seeds.  I used the same technique I used for my watermelon skirt below.  I've copied and pasted those instructions here, so ignore the fact that I'm showing you a skirt here and not the Strawberry dress.  :)

I found a cup in the cupboard and used it to create a pattern.  I then cut a stack of circles from my black jersey knit.  I think I used 20 for the smaller skirt.  I am not sure yet, but I may add a third row of seeds to the larger skirt (haven't finished it yet).

To create your "seeds" you have to fold each circle as I have down in the photos below...

Fold the circle in half.... then fold into thirds by folding one third over the front, and the other side behind, forming a little seed-looking shape.  Pin each "seed" onto your skirt in an arrangement that is pleasing to you.  You may chose to add them randomly.  I liked the patterned look, so I went with that.

Sorry for the crummy photos.  The bad lighting and red fabric really didn't work in my favor here.  Next, sew on each of your seeds by adding a stitch, back and forth a couple of times, to the top of each "seed".

I went from "seed" to "seed" without stopping, and cut all of my threads between at the end.  That saved a bit of time.

And here is the finished dress!

Happy Sewing!


  1. This is so cute!!! Thanks for the tutorial too!!!
    following you now.

  2. Very cute and creative! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial :)

  3. Love it! It turned out so cute and summer-y!

  4. Perfect for summer picnics at the park! I love the seeds! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Very cute! My Strawberry Shortcake fan would love it!!

  6. that's just so cute - and makes me want to have some strawberries. Tone

  7. Oh my! Another adorable creation! We made pillow case dress too - aren't they just fabulous? And love your strawberry idea!

    Thanks for linking up to Kids Get Crafty!!!


  8. OH MY GOSH!!! This is ADORABLE!!!! SO SWEET! My 3 yr old princess is just in LOVE with it! :)

  9. Adorable! I would love for you to come and share a link to this on my mommy solution and resource meme!


  10. I love this...makes me wish my girls were still little enough to wear one.

    found you through red ted link up

  11. Absolutely adorable! I need to make one of these! I love the skirt version, too!

  12. That is so cute! I am going to have to get a sewing machine!

  13. Well, that might be the cutest thing I've seen tonight. :) I love it. I might steal the idea. It's just that cute. I especially love that the seeds are actually individual circles sewn as ruffles. Love it.
    I'd love for you to link this at my summer-long party!
    "Life's a Picnic!" party!

  14. Again so very cute. I made a little dress from some of the pick fabric that you used on one your dresses.

    Patricia aka Mamaw

  15. That is so adorable! I need to make one in me-size!

  16. This is teh cutest!!! Love it and thanks for sharing how you made it :)
    Fancy Frugal Life

  17. That is adorable! I love your ingenious idea for the seeds!

  18. Super cute... no wonder it drew so much attention!

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