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dwil23
March 13th, 2018, 01:20 PM
We have been gifted many yards of fabric to use for pillowcase dresses for Christmas Child boxes this coming year. My cousin, Helen, has experimented by making a couple for her 3 year old niece (who absolutely loves them, btw). The problem is the grosgrain ribbon is fraying after just a couple of washings. She has singed the diagonal cut edges, stitched them and even tied them. We do realize that these dresses have been run through a washer (but not the dryer) and any sent to other parts of the world would most likely be handwashed, but don't want to take a chance.

Any more suggestions? Is one brand/kind better than another. She has only used what can be purchased at JoAnn's, is there another online source?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

TIA

SallyO'Sews
March 13th, 2018, 02:14 PM
Have you tried using packaged bias tape binding? We used the double-folded that is about 1/4" wide when folded. We just tied the ends, and that seemed to work.

Sandy Navas
March 13th, 2018, 02:24 PM
What about clear nail polish on the cut end - or anti-fray (a glue that I've bought at JoAnns before)?

RockinLou
March 13th, 2018, 02:34 PM
I would suggest bias tape binding as well, there are several charities such as Dress a Girl Around the World that have patterns and guidelines for what works best for them in terms of washing and durability. I have a friend who makes dresses for charity, I could ask her, but you'd probably find it on google first. Anyway, she is always picking up bias tape packets on clearance racks, garage sales, and goodwill stores for the dresses, so thats what im thinking is the recommendation

AstoriaQuilts
March 13th, 2018, 03:25 PM
Fold it over twice and stitch--like a jeans hem. Or use cording and knot the ends tightly.

Hulamoon
March 13th, 2018, 03:39 PM
Another idea is to stitch a seam on a diagonal and turn it in then top stitch. Looks nice an clean.

dwil23
March 13th, 2018, 03:56 PM
Thanks everyone! I will pass all of your ideas along....

Rhonda K
March 13th, 2018, 06:25 PM
Can you use the same fabric and make fabric ties? Stitch the ends closed and stitch down the length of the tie for reinforcement.

Good luck!

Nwmnteacher
March 13th, 2018, 10:04 PM
I plan on making dresses for the "Little Dresses for Africa" program. A wonderful seamstress named Miss Lillian made over 1200 dresses before she passed away at more than 100 years old. She had a pattern that I thinks works better than the pillowcase dresses. The pattern has simple sleeves. If you look at the Little Dresses website, they prefer that we don't use ribbons since they don't last as well. They recommend using bias tape for the ties if you make the pillowcase style dress, but they also have a free copy of Miss Lillian's pattern available. Either way, bless you for sewing dresses. The Christmas Box program run by Franklin Graham is a wonderful charity.
Jeanne

Cokie
March 13th, 2018, 10:43 PM
Fray Check might work.

dwil23
March 14th, 2018, 07:30 AM
I plan on making dresses for the "Little Dresses for Africa" program. A wonderful seamstress named Miss Lillian made over 1200 dresses before she passed away at more than 100 years old. She had a pattern that I thinks works better than the pillowcase dresses. The pattern has simple sleeves. If you look at the Little Dresses website, they prefer that we don't use ribbons since they don't last as well. They recommend using bias tape for the ties if you make the pillowcase style dress, but they also have a free copy of Miss Lillian's pattern available. Either way, bless you for sewing dresses. The Christmas Box program run by Franklin Graham is a wonderful charity.
Jeanne

Thank you, yes, that is the one we are planning to donate them to. I did not know that Miss Lillian had passed away. We watched her videos on the Samaritan's purse website and she was such an inspiration! Helen's Church participates in the Christmas Box program, and in trying to get ideas on what to put in the boxes, we found her videos and they are what inspired us to try the dresses.

I am now wondering if "homemade binding (using that cool little tool that June Tailor makes, and I have always wanted) would work?
It would be much cheaper than purchasing it already made.
http://www.joann.com/june-tailor-quilt-binding-express/11510310.html#q=june%2Btailor&prefn1=prod_type&sz=36&start=37&prefv1=Product

And thanks for the website - I am off to check it out now.

Nwmnteacher
March 14th, 2018, 10:15 AM
Donna, yes, I think making your own bias tape would work. I see the binding tool
makes 2" wide binding as the narrowest. Do you think that would be too wide for the casing?

Jeanne

Hulamoon
March 14th, 2018, 10:29 AM
I have a set like this and made a ton of tape when I was selling kids clothes.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L32FD6U/ref=asc_df_B00L32FD6U5403267/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B00L32FD6U&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198055440908&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1423989793150159735&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032767&hvtargid=pla-348920129414

I didn't cut on the bias, just straight across.

Nwmnteacher
March 14th, 2018, 10:52 AM
Those are the ones I was thinking about, Lori. We sell them at JoAnns.

Jeanne

Hulamoon
March 14th, 2018, 11:13 AM
Those are the ones I was thinking about, Lori. We sell them at JoAnns.

Jeanne

Really easy to use and you just pin it to your ironing board!

I have this too. I found a vintage set on ebay like this one not knowing there is new models out there. It goes super skinny!
https://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-FAST-TURN-FABRIC-TURNING-SET-CROWNING-TOUCH-BRASS-TUBES/202245578264?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.M

It really is super fast! Fun to use too.

Snip Snip
March 16th, 2018, 11:20 AM
I wonder if anyone here has made the boys' shorts to send? Made out of a t-shirt, would be lightweight and comfy. At the "farm store" here, they sometimes have big vats of new tees for a dollar each, so the price would be right.