Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fat Quarter Fun! Pre-Toddler/Toddler Dress!

Two fat quarters is all it takes to make this super cute dress! :)

Here is a fast and simple tutorial,
modeled after the infamous "pillow case" dress style.

2 Fat Quarters (try to use ones with selvages if you can)
2, 1 Yard cuts of 5/8" wide ribbon that matches the fat quarters
Matching Thread


1. Lay the two fat quarters on top of each other with right sides up.

The shorter edge of each fat quarter (18") with the selvage will be the bottom and the opposite shorter edge will be the top.

Measure 3" in along the top/shorter side and 6" down on the longer side. Cut on a diagonal. Repeat with the opposite side. These will be the arm holes.

2. Place cut fat quarters on top of each other, right sides together. Line up all edges. Using a straight stitch, serger, or an overcast stitch sew the two pieces together along the sides from the bottom of the arm holes to the bottom of the fat quarters with a 5/8" seam allowance.

3. Finish the sleeves with a 1/4" double fold hem and a 1/8" seam allowance.

How to do a double fold hem: Starting at the top of one of the arm holes fold fabric over 1/4" so that the raw edge is on the wrong side of the fabric. Press. Fold over again another 1/4" in the same direction closing the raw edge inside the hem.

4. Fold over the top of each side 1/4" so that the raw edge is on the wrong side of the fabric. Sew with 1/8" seam allowance. This is the neckline.

5. Turn top over 1" and hem again with 1/8" seam allowance only along the bottom of the neckline hem.

6. String ribbon through each 1" top hem.

How to string ribbon/elastic/drawstrings etc:
a. Attach a safety pin to one end of one of the yards of ribbon. Push the safety pin through the neckline gap.
b. While holding the safety pin from the outside, through the fabric, scrunch as much of the fabric as you can down the safety pin toward your fingers.
c. While keeping the fabric scrunched grab a hold of the top of the safety pin. Hold the top of the pin and pull the scrunched fabric away from the top while pulling the ribbon through at the same time.
d. Repeat a-c until you get the safety pin and one end of ribbon through the other side of the neckline.

7. Match up the ends of the ribbon and scrunch the fabric into the center of the ribbon. Un-scrunch the fabric a little bit, just enough to give the neckline a scrunchy, gathered look.

To keep dress neckline from being a choking hazard, sew the ends of the neckline hem closed. Securing the ribbon in between the ends of the neckline, keeping it in place.

8. I left the selvages as the hem because they look so great! Or, if you don't have selvages on your fat quarters, or don't like the look of them, hem the bottom of the skirt with a 1/4" - 1/2" double fold hem.

A few more pictures because my model is so cute!

Many thanks to her mom and dad for letting me get some modeling pictures in.

My husband would not be too pleased if I put our little man in a dress (but don't think I haven't thought about it!).

Fat quarters used in this dress are from the Make Life line by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.


Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

Hello! What a cute and easy dress! It would make a darling swimming suit cover up too...hmmmmmm. Thanks!

SarahB said...

So cute! Never thought of using fat quarters or letting the selvedge be the hem!

rosie/the fabric shopper said...

Love it! Every little girl should have a dozen of these in her wardrobe!

casserole said...

I love pillowcase-style dresses for little girls!! They're so pretty!

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Cathy said...

Hi there
Great tute and darling dress!!!
Will have to "whip" some up for the summer

TiLT said...

So cute!!! And now that I have my niece's measurements I can start to play :)

A said...

I'm going to have to try this! :) said...

I love how well you explained this, it's totally doable. I just clicked over from CraftGossip. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

kirstin & jordan said...

LOVE this!
We have a Friday linky party- we'd love it if you'd link up!

AshleyCrouch said...

Thanks for posting this! I am new to sewing so I appreciate simple projects. This turned out so cute!

Ginger Hazen said...

so what size would this dress be using the fat quarters? i have two different size girls, one is 25 inches from shoulder to knee, figured i would put a ri]uffle on it to make it long enough. but the other is 15 1/2 inches and figurd i could just shorten it, but what about the armholes? will the 6 inch cut on the armhole for the girl that is only 15 1/2 inches be too big? how do you go about adjusting for that? thank you, love this tutorial

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