I am flying out in the morning to head to Brandcation 2014. I had a 101 things to get done today. So how much have I gotten done you ask? Why almost nothing on my list except for a couple quick things and finished up packing. I did however get wrangled in to making a project that I have been planning for a week by a five-year old who could wait no longer. A week ago while shopping at the craft store I was in the fabric department randomly browsing the clearance fabrics looking for nothing in particular when I spotted some blue organza with clear crystal beads on it. As soon as I saw it I thought of Disney’s Frozen and Elsa’s train on her dress. My daughter has been fixated on this movie, soundtrack and toys for weeks now. She is currently watching YouTube videos of “Let It Go” in different languages and trying to learn to sing the song like those too. I fear if she does not stop soon there may be some sort of retaliation from the male members of the household. I’m thinking Family Guy’s Surfin Bird episode is about to become a reality here but with Frozen.
So today, Miss Ellie comes up and begs me in her sweetest voice possible with sad eyes to, “Please momma make my pretty Elsa dress for me before you go.” How am I supposed to say no to that kind of guilt? I have not been away from her like this before and maybe if she had something I made for her it would help her deal with the separation. At least that’s how I’m trying to rationalize it in my head. So I did what any guilt ridden mother would do, I gathered up all of the supplies and set to work on making a little five-year old girl very happy today.
I can sew but I am just to lazy to pull out the sewing machine and I hate being all precise in my measurements so I like to wing it and turn things in to no-sew items. That’s what I did here by using Liquid Stitch and Stitch Witchery and they both worked perfectly.
No-Sew Disney’s Frozen Elsa Pillowcase Dress
1 pillowcase (Standard size for a small child or king for an older one.)
1 yard of beaded organza (This will work for the standard sized pillowcase.)
Liquid Stitch or Stitch Witchery (Liquid Stitch works better in my opinion.)
About 4 feet of ribbon
Measure you child and determine how much length you need to take off the pillowcase. My daughter is 5 and wears a size 6 and I cut off about 3″ to make her a tea length dress. You will cut the material from the short end that is stitched closed already. Once you have done that you will want to add in some more arm room on each side so cut a 3″ J shape out of the end you just cut to open the pillowcase.
Next you will “sew” what you have cut with the Liquid Stitch. You will start by turning the pillowcase inside out and working on the J cuts. Just place the Liquid Stitch along the edge there and fold the material over. Follow that by doing the top on both the front and back. You will need to fold this down about 1 1/2″ so that there is a gap to feed the ribbon through later. Place the Liquid Stitch under the edge of the fold you made. This will need to dry for 30 minutes.
After the pillowcase is dry you can then take the organza and stitch the seems along the length using the Liquid Stitch. You will need to let it dry for 30 minutes so you will need to work in stages. I then pinned the organza to the pillowcase dress and attached it using the Liquid Stitch. Remember to be sure NOT to “stitch” over the ends of the pillowcase where you left the openings for the ribbon.
Trim the length of the organza to how long you want the train to be and then using the Liquid Stitch again stitch the edge. Finally, you can run your ribbon through the openings and tie the end together to form the straps of the dress. Have your child wear this over a white or very pale blue long sleeve shirt.
Do you have any little ones in your life who love Disney’s Frozen?
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