Hi friends — it's Karin here today with a super quick Sizzix sewing tutorial on how to take a ready-made girls' cotton jersey dress and turn it into a fun sun dress or beach coverup with a simple appliqué using the Bigz Pro die - Pony by Jorli Perine.
I almost made a ribbon tie pillowcase dress using a tutorial of mine, but we found this inexpensive ($8 at the Old Navy outlet) dress and I couldn't resist turning it into a fun outfit for the Fourth of July.
Cut a piece of fabric that covers the blades of the die. Pre-wash, dry and iron both the dress and the fabric.
Cut a piece of Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® that is slightly smaller than the piece of fabric but still larger than the blades of the die. Your iron will thank you if you remember this important step! Fuse the rough side of the Wonder-Under® to the wrong side of the fabric according to manufacturer's instructions. Decide which way you would like to orient the horse — the horse on the dress is facing to the right so I made sure the fabric was face down on the die as pictured, above.
Create the Sizzix sandwich — cutting pad, die with blades facing up, fabric/Wonder-Under®, top cutting pad — and roll it through the Big Shot Pro.
There are three pieces die cut; set the cute little heart and saddle aside for another project!
Have the child try it on so you can decide upon placement; the pony wraps around over the side seam. After removing the paper backing, carefully pin in place as desired. Slide the dress onto an ironing board and begin to fuse, removing the pins as you go. Be sure all edges are fused down and the appliqué process will go more smoothly. It's helpful to turn the iron temperature down a bit.
The tricky part of this tutorial is keeping in mind that this is a finished garment that is being appliquéd, meaning that there is a front and back to the dress. I slid the dress over the arm of the sewing machine, chose an appliqué stitch and went slowly, making sure that only one layer of fabric was going under the presser foot. When you stop to adjust the fabric, leave the needle in the down position so the fabric pivots around it, leaving you with a clean line. Quilting gloves help manipulate the fabric during appliqué.
My daughter has only worn this out of the house once, and we've already been stopped and asked where we got it. What's even better is that my horse-loving girl is so happy wearing it! She also has a jean jacket with a plain back. . . I'm thinking that might be the next Pony project — it could even be bedazzled!
- Cotton jersey dress (size pictured is girls' medium)
- 12" x 12" piece of fabric
- 12" x 12" piece of Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®