Ask Jenny T. – Ribbon Alternatives For A Pillowcase Dress

Ask Jenny T. - Ribbon Alternatives For A Pillowcase Dress

I love it when you ask questions! If you have a sewing or DIY related question, send it to me at and I’ll respond through the blog and through video.

Hi Jenny,
love all your ideas! I’m looking for a pattern to make my grand daughter who is 4 a pillow case dress. What can I use instead of ribbon to tie the top of the dress.

Watch this week’s video to hear my response…

Hope this helps!

Jenny T.

3 Comments on Ask Jenny T. – Ribbon Alternatives For A Pillowcase Dress

  1. J'net
    July 14, 2015 at 5:51 am (2 years ago)

    Just watched the video response to the pillow case dress question. I’ve been sewing sing I was a very young girl. I’ve raised 6 children – 5 of them girls, so I’ve done LOTS of ties and straps!

    I have a couple of suggestions that might be helpful.

    First: when turning long, narrow tubes of fabric, a chopstick or a metal skewer work really well. Just make sure there are no sharp or rough edges on them. I have a metal chopstick and a long skewer that I used sandpaper to smooth of the end of – depending on how long the bit you’re turning is – that are part of my sewing tools. If

    Second: if you don’t mind a slightly “rustic” look to the little dress, you can use cotton cording for the ties. It is CHEAP to buy, and comes in various thicknesses, so you can choose what you like. Just wrap the cut end with tape whilst working with it. (ie cutting, threading) and then remove the tape and tie a tight knot on the ends when project is done.

    It comes in mostly off-white colour, but I have seen it in different colours at some shops that sell loads of findings.

    Also, maybe look in an upholstery shop. There are decorative cords of various sizes that are not abrasive, and also are very pretty. Just knot the ends of those to finish off, like with the cording.

    Hope these ideas help. 🙂

    • Jen Thoden
      July 15, 2015 at 7:26 am (2 years ago)

      You’re awesome! Thank you for sharing your tips. I know my readers will enjoy this!

      • J'net
        July 15, 2015 at 10:37 am (2 years ago)

        YW! 🙂


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