Thursday, December 23, 2010

Easy Overlapping Pillow Cover

If you're anything like me, you get bored with decor fairly easily. It doesn't help when all the new fabric lines come out and your inner insane person wants to redecorate your living room with every last line.

One of my favorite ways to spruce up existing decor is with pillow covers. This can take as little material as a couple of fat quarters - and since you'll be covering up your existing pillows with a removable cover, you won't have to purchase or make inserts! The added bonus of pillow covers is how small they fold up and store, especially when you're making seasonally or holiday themed covers.

To start, you're going to need to take your finished pillow front, square it, and measure. You can piece, quilt, applique or whatever you desire to do to the front of your pillow - we'll go over some fun options later! My finished front is appliqued and measures 17.5x17.5. I'm using a 16" square pillow insert, and I like it to be just a smidge loose.
Next, take your backing fabric. It will need to be the same height - 17.5", but you'll want to measure in a little overlap. I like my overlap to be 3-3.5". This allows the pillow to be completely covered with no gap in the back. Cutting my backing material to 21"x17.5" allows this overlap. Then, you'll make a vertical cut straight in the middle of the piece, so you're left with two 10.5"x17.5" rectangles.
We'll be finishing the visible edges of the backing with double fold bias tape. If you'd prefer to fold over and hem so there is no contrast, add an extra half inch to each side of the backing to allow for your hem. To make your double fold tape in a coordinating material, cut two 2"x17.5" strips and iron as follows:

Start by finger pressing a 1/4" fold from one side of the strip like so:

Do this for the entire length of the strip, and then repeat to fold the other side down. What you'll end up with is this:

Press flat with your iron, and then fold the bottom side up to meet the top side, and press:

From here, you'll place the bias tape onto the 17.5" edge of your backing pieces as shown:

Stitch close to the edge, and make sure to catch the back of the tape as well!

Since you've got two backing pieces, make sure that you are stitching one edging to the left of one piece, and the other edging will go on the right side of the other. These are the edges that will be exposed.

Next, we'll lay our front piece right side up as shown:

and take your first backing piece and lay it right side down on top of your front piece. Pin around, leaving the exposed edge open. For the purposes of this tutorial - the edge that will be primarily shown on my finished pillow is the solid RED edge. Make sure that the first piece you lay down is the one you want showing. If you've done two different tape edges (maybe you ran out of red fabric, like me, and had to improvise?), or perhaps your stitching went a little wonky on one - the one you lay first is the one that will show.

Next, lay your second backing piece right side down on top of both existing pieces. See how it overlaps here? Again, pin around, leaving the taped edge open.

Stitch all the way around your cover, using a .5" seam allowance. Clip the corners to allow for flat lying, sharp corners, and turn your cover inside out. You can just stick your hand right in the open gap and it gives you tons of room to turn!

Place cover on your pillow insert or existing pillow and just like that, an easy to use pillow cover!

And a quick hint: if you choose to use a slippery or heavy fabric like the white dot minky above, use a walking foot or your machine's dual feed system: it's a lifesaver!

Monday, December 6, 2010


No, this isn't a post about Students Against Drunk Driving. This is a Public Service Announcement. Many people are inflicted with this disease. Sewing Attention Deficit Disorder is a serious problem and affects more people than you know. 

When you have a quilt on the design wall

One at the sewing machine

 A completed top hanging on the ironing board

Another one hanging off of your baby's crib

And you are contemplating cutting up some fabric

Then you might have a serious problem.

Please tell me I'm not the only one. Please?!

Easy Fabric Coasters

Want a cute way to spruce up that coffee table? Maybe bring some color to your dining set?

Fabric coasters are a great way to add color that is easily changed out with the seasons or your whims. These are a super simple beginner project, take a very short amount of time, and a very small amount of fabric!

Inspired by Ashley, at Make It and Love It, my coasters are just a smidge different. I've chosen to use microfiber as the backing instead of another cotton print. I find that the microfiber grips the table better, and hey - it cleans while you move it around! Microfiber isn't cheap or easy to come by, though.

We had a couple old couches that were being pitched to the curb. They were beyond undonatable - believe me. My husband and I adopted this oh-so-cute Austrailan Shepherd puppy who happened to have been neglected and abused. Our poor puppy was absolutely terrified of my husband, and let's just say he ruined those couches. I'll let your imagination fly. No amount of steam cleaning worked. But the couch backs were up against a wall - and he never came near those! So after a good steam cleaning, I salvaged all the material from the back of the couches. I have enough for a hundred coasters!

Ashley's tutorial is awesome for anyone choosing to use a double sided cotton print. If you're using microfiber backing, or something thicker, like fleece or minky, you can skip the batting step.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Where Have We Been?

Hey y'all, it's Julie here. So, we have been pretty quiet lately, about 5 months to be exact. Eek! So, what have we been up to? 

Well, we didn't mean to abandon the blog, that's for sure! We've just been a bit busy doing other things.

Bree has been quilting of course!

Check out her other blog, Quilt for the Kids.

She has been working on beautiful quilts to donate to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Florida. With the support of family and friends she has made it a goal to hand deliver 52 quilts to the hospital by the end of December. And she has met her goal! 

She has such a big heart and we all love her for it <3

And what have I been doing?

I've been doing a little bit of quilting too

And hanging out with this little guy

That's my newbie, he joined our brood on October 1st. When I'm not cuddling him I'm chasing after his 3 older siblings. They've been keeping me busy :)

Bree and I hope to be back in the swing of things real soon.

Until then, Happy Sewing!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

And The Winner Is.....

Via Random.Org....
Brooke's mommy!

Congratulations!!! Shoot me an email with your mailng address, and I'll get your prize out this week!

More giveaways to come soon - thanks for checking out The Josiah Foundation and Quilt for the Kids! The Quilt for the Kids blog will have some fun quilting tips and tricks, and a giveaway or two coming along, so don't forget about us over there!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The First Ever Distant Pickles GIVEAWAY!

Every rad crafty board has to have a giveaway now and again, right?

Not without listening to a little bit of droning first. Consider it one of those Tupperware parties. You don't get the free dish 'til you listen to me blab a bit. :)

Remember me asking about why you guys sew? What your purpose is? There was a secret motive (GASP!). This post is, without shame, to draw attention to something I think is a very worthy cause - The Josiah Foundation and Quilt for the Kids. If you poke over to the Quilt for the Kids blog, you'll see a familiar face - me! Quilt for the Kids is a driving force behind why I'm so involved with sewing. We've made a personal goal to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL to donate a total of FIFTY TWO handmade quilts this year. That's a HUGE goal, considering I'm the primary seamstress for the cause! Take a moment and peek over at the blog and check out the Josiah Foundation's website - you'll learn a lot about an amazing little boy and the impact his life is having on pediatric cancer patients across the nation!

Alright ladies and gents, today's prize pack is a trio of funky nature fat quarters. 3 fat quarters in total, quilting cotton weight.

How to win?
You've got a few chances!

For ONE entry - leave a comment telling me what your current project is.

For TWO entries - become a follower of Distant Pickles! If you already follow, remind me.

For another TWO - become a follower of Quilt for the Kids.

And ONE last try? Poke over to the Josiah Foundation website, and find me the name of the adoption agency they sponsor.

That's 6 chances in all - Leave a separate comment for each entry - if you want two for following, enter two separate comments, and make sure I have a way to contact the winner!

Commenting will be open until 12 midnight, EST on Saturday, June 26th - winner announced Sunday, June 27th!

Comments are now CLOSED. Winner announced soon!

Friday, June 18, 2010

What do you sew for?

Why do you guys sew? We've spent a bit of time teaching you guys what we do, but haven't had a chance to get to know our readers. I want to hear from you guys!

Who are you? What's your name? Where are you from?

What is it that makes you sew? Is it for the sense of accomplishment, doing something not everyone can do? It is relaxing? Is it work?

What inspires you? What is your general process?

I want some answers, folks!

Since we haven't told you much about us, aside from peeks at our fabrics and learning that I have a girl-crush on Francine, I'll start!

I'm Bree - and I reside in sunny Clearwater, Florida. I live about 2 miles from the beach... jealous? Don't be, I can't keep my hair from frizzing in the humidity, and I've learned that even toddlers sweat. I have an almost-two year old son at home!

Sewing for me has always been about creating something from nothing. I love being able to take a simple piece of fabric and mold it into something beautiful and useful. It's relaxing, and the hum of the machine is the most therapeutic noise in the world. Of course, the jamming of the machine is also the most infuriating noise in the world, so sometimes it's a wash on whether it's work or play!

I am inspired by color. Some quilters look at architecture, nature, geometry found in brickwork, and so on as their inspiration points. I admit that I find patterns from architecture and brickwork, but my primary inspiration is color. I have a jar of over 1000 buttons in my sewing space. I dump them onto my desk from time to time and just play with color combinations. When I find the right combination that just makes me happy in that moment, I base a quilt off the colors. I cannot live without color!

Let's hear about you guys... and coming soon, we'll be hosting our first giveaway, so stay tuned!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Alternative Binding Method

I've been asked about my binding method a couple of times - It's different from Julie's. I couldn't find any tutorials on it in blogland, so I snapped a few pictures while I was *finally* finishing up my Quilt Along quilt. (How terrible is it that I was behind on our own quilt along?! I know some of you guys are still working too!)

I use a double-fold bias tape approach to binding. I think this comes directly from using double-fold bias tape that was prepackaged when I first started. I was a little terrified of making my own binding! Though actually making it is not nearly as difficult as I originally thought, I still stick with the double-fold style.

One benefit to this method is that it uses smaller strips, so less fabric is required. The difference isn't much though - instead of 2.5 inch strips, you're going to cut them at 2". Join your strips as originally shown here. Another major benefit is that is available in pre-made packaging at Joann's! The packaged double fold bias tape is relatively inexpensive - under $2 for 3 yards - and saves oodles of ironing. Most every size of quilt except mini quilts require more than 1 package, so you'll have to join a couple strips together, but it's still much less work than making your own. Only negative? Prepackaged binding only comes in solid colors.

When it comes to folding and ironing your long strip of binding, however, we're going to do a little bit more folding than the original post shows. This part is admittedly a little bit more work! Remember how we created the straps on the Naptime Dress?

A refresher:
Finger press up 1/4 inch, then fold down the top side so your raw edges meet in the middle:

Fold inward so you are left with one skinny 1/4" piece, and press:

And there you have Double Fold Binding!

To attach to the quilt, you're actually going to unfold the whole thing. I know, I'm crazy, right? I just made you fold and press this giant long thing into a teensy weensy strip of binding and now I'm making you undo it. Haha!

Unfold and place your binding right side down onto your quilt top, so the top and binding are right sides together. Line up the edge of your binding with the trimmed edge of your quilt, and set yourself up with a 1/4" foot, or an all-purpose foot with a 1/4" edge. The fold lines still show in your binding, so use the fold line closest to the edge as a guide.

Leave yourself 6-8" of a tail before you start your stitching. All other components of the binding is the same - stitch all the way around, stopping in the corners to fold upwards and back down as shown in the original binding post. The only real part that is different is in how the binding is created as a double-fold instead of one large fold.

Once you've reached the end of your binding and all is fully attached by machine, you'll go ahead and flip around to hand sew. The pre-pressed lines again provide a guide for you - the second line closest to the edge is going to be right on the edge of your quilt, and the remaining raw edge will be tucked under on the other side when you hand sew. Your hand sewing line will be done on the last pre-pressed line.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Felt Ghosties Tutorial

Mod Podge Rocks did a month-long spot on this company called Torendi a while back, and through Amy's posts, I found inspiration! She'd directed us to Torendi's shop, and in peeking through their awesome selection of die cuts, embellishments, and all sorts of other scrappy goodness, I found these felt ghosties.

I was in love.

But I'm not much of a scrapbooker. I try, but it's harder to keep up with than sewing. All my scrapbooking stuff is shoved in a trunk, hard to access and.. sigh. I'm just bad at keeping up. 

So logically, I had to make these adorable little scrapbooking embellishments a little more life-sized! I decided that they'd be a super cute little set of car-safe toys for my 20 month old son. Car rides can be boring, right?   I work out of the home, so my son spends quite a bit of time in the car per day. Keeping him entertained - especially in 5:00 traffic - can be a challenge. Hard or heavy toys can be dangerous in an accident, or even if you just stop quickly. Soft toys are great for car rides! Even if there IS a reason for them to go flying, they won't hurt when they hit you.

So, toddler-sized stuffed felt ghosties! These stay in my car and are special just for vehicle trips. :)

The coolest part is how simple they are to make! Even someone just starting out with a sewing machine can whip these out.

What do you need?

Five sheets of felt ($.29 each at Joann's) with matching thread. Pick three colors for your ghosties, white for the whites of the eyes, and your eye color of choice. The toddling terror's eyes are blue, so blue it is!


Fabric Scissors

And some fiberfill.

Take your three sheets of felt for the ghostie bodies, and fold them in half. (An 8" x 11" sheet will fold in half to 8" x 5.5") Cut out the general shape of your ghostie from each. This makes sure that the "legs" (What are ghost legs called, exactly?) match up perfectly. The bodies should be about 4.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide when cut. 
Cut out small circles from your white felt, and even smaller circles from your blue felt to create your eyes.
Now you're looking at a pile of ghost guts!


I don't like using pins on these. The felt is thick, and I always seem to move the eyeballs around when I'm trying to pin them. You certainly can use them if you feel that you need them, but I find them to be a complete pain on this project!

Take your three ghosties over to the sewing machine. Separate the front pieces from the back, and set the backs aside. You want to sew the eyes down to the fronts only, before attaching the fronts to the back.

Pick one to start, and lay it down on your sewing surface. You'll have your ghost body, the white of the eye, and the colored portion of the eye laying stacked up. Make sure the eye is located exactly where you want it on the body! Start by sewing the colored portion of the eye - this helps hold the white in place.

Be careful when sewing this part. The colored portion of the eyes is very small, so use light pressure on your machine's treadle. If you press too hard, your stitching will take off straight across the white part of your eye!

When you've sewn both colored parts on, you'll be looking at this:

  Sew on all of the colored portions for all three ghosties, then rethread your machine with your white thread. It's time to tack down the rest of the eye!

Since the colored portion of the eye is holding down the white, there isn't much worry about the white portions slipping. Felt tends to grip onto itself - another reason I'm not fond of pins with this project!

Start slow again. Even though these circles are bigger, they're not big by any stretch, and loose white threads look silly on red bodies!

Now we're looking at fully attached eyes!
Repeat for all three ghosties.

Now that all our ghosties have their eyes, it's time to attach the backs to the fronts. Match up those ghostie legs, wrong sides together, and pin if you so desire. We're going wrong sides together (eyeballs facing out!) because these are very small toys when finished. It's hard to hand-sew felt and make it look pretty, so I machine stitch this closed. It's a more uniform look if the whole thing is stitched wrong sides together!

Starting off center, at the side of the top of the head, use a scant 1/4" seam allowance and sew around the outside of your ghostie, leaving a 3" gap in the top of the head for stuffing.

Remove your ghostie from your machine, and stuff lightly with fiberfill:

Pin your gap closed. (Yes, I pinned!)

And starting where you left off, machine stitch the opening closed:

Repeat on your other two ghosties (making sure to use matching thread for each ghostie, or they become Goofy Ghosties) and you are DONE!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Naptime Dress.

Hey guys! Guess I should finally get around to relieving Julie of all the posting privileges, huh?

I've been hemming and hawing over what sort of tutorial to do for my first post, and kept crashing into the issue that almost every single project I have has already been done... and done right here in the blogging world! My favorite quote is as follows: "The key to creativity is concealing your sources" - but I think I'll break that here. The creative world is about sharing, learning, and inspiring. So my first tutorial here at Distant Pickles is one you may have seen before, but it's one of my favorite easy projects to do, and a super cute gift to give!

This is a dress I refer to as the "Naptime Dress". It is referred to as such because it is able to be done, from start to finish, in about an hour - perfect for even short nappers!

It is a simple smocked sundress. Martha Stewart did a spot on it in May of 2009 - video can be found here. The problem I've found with the video, though, is that there are no closeups of what she is doing! So, today, I'm going to go ahead and give a close up, step-by-step image tutorial for any steps that you might not quite get by watching Martha's video.

The Naptime Dress tutorial will fit a toddler in size 18-24 months. After the 24 month/2T size, it becomes a little short to use alone, but because of the elastic smocking, it can still be worn as a shirt for older kiddos!

You're going to start with the supply list:

Your trusty cutting mat, acrylic ruler, rotary cutter, and snips. I heart my snips. Everyone should own a pair or 12.

Pins, pincushion, thread, and a bobbin wound with elastic thread. Elastic thread can be found in the same section as traditional elastic and Velcro at Joann's. The bobbin must be wound by hand - take care not to wind too tightly or too loosely. Any variations will mess up the smocking. Don't stress about it too much - just grab a few spare bobbins and wind by hand while you watch a movie. If you pay much attention to it, you're more likely to mess up and pull some spots too tight and some too loose!

Note on the pincushion - this baby is magnetic. I strongly suggest them. You can just sorta flick the pin over in the general direction of the pincushion as you're sewing, and it hits the pincushion every time! Raise your hand if you've ever had to stop sewing in order to finagle a pin into a traditional cushion. Pain, right?!

Iron. Don't laugh. She's been with me through thick and thin. (I know, I could use an upgrade.)

Your sewing machine. Meet Francine. She is a Singer 7469Q. I might have a slight girl-crush on her.

And last, but most important - your water soluble marking pen.

For the 18-24 month size dress, you'll need a 1/2 yard cut of fabric. Cotton or apparel cottons work fine for this! I like to give 3 dresses in a little bunch - I have a strange notion that things in threes are aesthetically pleasing, so most things I make are in trios! Pick out a coordinating bunch, and the toddling princess in your life will have a summer wardrobe kick-start in a day's time.

Do any prewashing now. If you're a rule-breaking lazy person like me, skip the prewashing and just iron. :)

First step: cutting off the pesky selvages. They're typically ugly, and shrink differently from the rest of the cut. Get rid of them! Fold your piece of fabric in half, matching selvages. My selvage was close to a full inch, so I just chopped off that inch:

Now, unfold that fabric. Bring it back to the ironing board - we're going to create the top hem. Do NOT sew after this step. I know I'm guilty of getting ahead of the instructions that I'm reading, and occasionally sew something and realize I shouldn't have. Resist the temptation!

You need to fold over and press down 1/2 inch from the top of your long side of the fabric. Once this is pressed down, repeat the step and press down another 1/2 inch from where you've just pressed. This creates a neat hem with no raw edges sticking out.

Remember - do not sew this pretty hem line! If you sew it now, the elastic thread is going to have a much harder time doing its job.

Now, with the hem pressed down to where it needs to be, fold your fabric in half, wrong sides together. Lay it flat on your cutting surface, and line up your hem side with a marked line on the board.

Grab your acrylic ruler. Chances are, your cut isn't perfectly even unless your cutting counter clerk is a perfectionist. And if your cutting counter clerk IS a perfectionist, please share her with the rest of us. It gets frustrating when one side of your "1/2 yard cut" is only 15" long. :)

You'll need to square up the bottom of the dress here. Your top hem is lined up with a marked line on your cutting board already - you want to cut off as little material as possible. Figure out where the shortest point on your dress is, and line up the ruler there. Cut off any excess, and make your fabric nice and square again. Most likely, you're now looking at a 17" tall piece of fabric.

Now, you're going to cut off 2". This 2" strip is going to become your straps, so save it for later!

Now, with your fabric still lined up, we need to mark the lines that we'll follow when we sew. I like to do 6 lines of smocking on this size. The bigger the size, the more lines you'll need.

Start 1" to the right of your top hem. In this photo, I started 1.5" to the right. It looks weird in the final product - stay with the 1" line. Mark along the entire length of your folded fabric.

Once this line is marked, move your acrylic ruler 1/2" an inch over and repeat your line:

Repeat this until you have 6 lines marked, each 1/2" apart.

Flip your fabric over and repeat on the other half of the material - make sure to line up your marking lines so they match in the middle!

From here, we'll move to the sewing machine. Your top thread is going to be a coordinating or contrasting color. I tend to like things that pop out a bit, so I used a slightly bolder blue for my lines. You can certainly use something that coordinates and blends in with the fabric a little better. Your elastic thread is in your bobbin.

Do not back stitch at the beginning or end of any of these lines. Using your straight stitch with a medium stitch length, follow straight down each of the lines:

After just two lines, you can see the elastic thread is already starting to gather a little!

Repeat for all six marked lines.

Now, it's time to watch the elastic thread work its magic! Take your material to the ironing board. If you have a spray bottle, go grab it and fill it up with water. If not, just flick some water on with your hands. You want to lay out your fabric straight across your ironing board like so:

If you have a helper, it's certainly handy. If not, pin down one side of your fabric to the actual board itself:
Soak the elastic area of your fabric. The water is going to make the marking lines from your pen disappear, and the steam that is created by the iron hitting the water is going to cause your elastic bobbin thread to shrink up, which completes the smocking look!

Stretch out your fabric with your hands, and start ironing from the right to the left. Let go of the right side of the fabric as you're ironing over it, and it will shrink up and "follow" the iron across the board. Your pins act as your second set of hands to hold the fabric totally stretched out while you complete this step.

Now, you have a smocked piece of fabric!

From here, you're going to fold your dress in half, right sides together. Starting about an inch from the side, you're going to make your side seam.

Sew down the length, and then trim off the excess to about .5". If you have a serger, use it here to create a nice finished edge. If you do not have a serger, a simple zig zag stitch will suffice. Make sure your zig zag stitch goes over the edge of the fabric, so it encases it and stops fraying.

While you've got your machine set to the zig zag stitch, go ahead and do the same edging on the bottom of the dress to stop fraying there, as well.

Now, put the dress aside for a few minutes and grab that pretty 2" strip we cut off earlier! It's time to make the straps!

Start by finger pressing a 1/4" fold from one side of the strip like so:

Do this for the entire length of the strip, and then repeat to fold the other side down. What you'll end up with is this:

Press flat with your iron, and then fold the bottom side up to meet the top side, and press:

I find it easier to do this to the entire strip at once, but you can certainly cut your strip into four even sections prior to starting the above folding and pressing process. If you did fold and press the entire strip at once, you'll now need to cut the strip into four even sections. I typically fold the strip over onto itself and cut at the halfway mark - then cut each of the two strips made by that cut into two even sections. No matter how you cut, you'll now be looking at this:

Now we're going to take these strips and make one end of each nice and pretty. The other end of your strap is going to be tucked into the dress seams, so it is not necessary to fold it under at this time. To create a nice end, you're going to unfold the strip so it is 2" wide again. Don't press - you'll just make more work for yourself. :)
With your strap unfolded, take that one end and finger press it in a scant 1/4". Press down lightly to keep it in place:

Then fold your strap back up the way it was before, now with the end tucked in, and you'll have your straps almost complete!
From here, you need to stitch the straps so they stay together. I like to use my machine's decorative stitches on the straps on occasion. The decorative stitches don't get used that often, and I think they make a cute little accent on small straps. If you're using a coordinating color, they're incredibly subtle accents. I chose a leaf and vine stitch for my straps. You can also just do a simple straight stitch up the edge - really, all you're aiming to do is keep your strap from unfolding. :)
Once you've stitched up each of the four straps, bring them back to the ironing board, and fold up the unfinished end 1/2" and press as shown:

This 1/2" press is going to tuck up into that top hem we never sewed. Remember that? Grab the dress - it's time to attach the straps!
First, mark with pins where your straps will be. I don't typically measure this - I generally do it by sight. You want them even with each other, and an even distance from the center back seam, so I start with the back straps, to make sure things are even! Laying your dress face down on your table, place a pin a few inches to the left of your center back seam. Fold the dress in half at the seam, and place your other pin opposite where your left pin appears. These two pins mark your center back spot. Now, you'll need to tuck your straps up into the hem fold, and pin into place for sewing.

First, tuck it under the hem:

Then, fold it up flush with the hem, so your strap sticks out the top:

And pin into place!

Note: if you've used a decorative stitch on your straps, make sure the top of the stitching is facing out. The backside of my leaf and vine stitching is not quite so pretty as the stitching on top, and it'd be a shame to have ugly straps!

Now, we're going to do a straight stitch around the top, to keep everything in place and finalize the hem. A 1/4" seam is perfect here. You've folded down 1/2" inch, but if there are any imperfections in the folding, stitching at 1/4" will still be sure that you won't miss any of the hem. Also, keeping the stitch close to the top of the dress makes your straps stay even with the dress. If you sew at 1/2", your straps aren't going to be flush with the top, and you'll have a situation where the dress top is flopping down a little bit.

Complete this stitching without stretching out your smocking. Just let the machine do most of the feeding of the fabric for you. Keep the fabric smooth, but don't pull on it, or it'll stretch out the smocking and leave a funky, undesirable look at the top!

Now, press up your bottom hem 1/4" and run a quick straight stitch along the bottom to hem, and you have a completed Naptime Dress!


If anyone completes a naptime dress, please share pictures! I don't have a model of the correct gender to show off the finished product. :)