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My friend Trish is hopping over today to talk about how to make your own Spirit Wear for football season. The nice thing about learning to make your own pillowcase dresses to support your favorite team is that you can save money and take advantage of custom team fabric at your local fabric store… and pillowcase dresses are easy to sew. The way the licensing is setup for “licensed fabric,” you’re able to make your own items but not sell them. When you can’t buy them, make them!
With the baby, I’m having lots of guest posters and also some prescheduled posts by me over the next few months so I hope you enjoy all the guests on here to bring you new and interesting DIY projects.
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- Cotton fabric with fabric from your favorite team
- Coordinating ribbon
- Sewing machine, pins, and typical sewing supplies
How to Make Your Own Spirit Wear Pillowcase Dresses
By Trish Buben
Now both of your pieces have nice edges. Time to do the casing for the ribbon ties! Measure the size of you ribbon, then give yourself a little extra space. My ribbon was 5/8 (like the tutorial — funny how that works). I measured down an inch, folded the fabric and ironed it down and then … well, here, I have a confession. I messed up. Sew Like My Mom clearly says, “fold down again”. Yeah. I didn’t do that. But, it ended up being a good thing! More to follow on that in a bit, just let me remind you — read the directions!
After sewing down your casing opening, it is time to make your two pieces of separate fabric into a dress. Put the two right sides of the fabric together. The directions say to measure down 6 inches from the top for your arm hole opening. I found that measurement was fine for my size 5 dress, but not big enough for my size 8 dress. I added an extra inch (7 inches down from the top then) for my size 8 dress. I sewed the two pieces together just inside of the seam. Repeat on both sides. Ta-da! you have a dress!
Then folded the fabric in on itself.
After folding it in, I had a new casing.