How to Sew Pillowcase Dresses and Tops

What can be more intriguing than to stitch our clothes and that too using pillowcase!! Usually, pillowcase dresses are stitched for young girls, but even older ones can get one stitched.

Many people get quite fascinated when they want to stitch pillowcase dresses and quite rightly so! It is quite interesting to stitch them.

Talking about these pillowcase dresses and tops’ advantages are that you can stitch it is relatively less than a day (Sit a Sunday chitchatting with your loved ones and stitching these lovely dresses).

Talking about one of the most valuable things in the world after time, money is hardly an issue. These dresses are inexpensive and a reason why many prefer it!

Also, you get to be your designer! What is more advantageous than this perk. Design as you wish. Use your favorite colors and patterns. Ensure that you are stitching one of the loveliest dresses ever. So, without any further ado, let us begin!

Requirements:

  • ½ – 1 meter of fabric, which depends upon the dress size.
  • ¼ meter fabric for dress band (if you are planning to use one).
  • Two meters of ½ inches wide ribbon.
  • Double fold bias tape (Extra wide is preferable).
  • Sewing machine and accessories.
  • Tube Turning Tool.
  • Safety pins.
  • Fray check.
  • Seam Gauge.
  • Pen/Pencil/Chalk.

Cutting:

Before you start stitching a pillowcase dress/top, you need to take a few measurements (preferably in inches) for the one whom you are stitching.

  1. Width of the collarbone.
  2. Length from center of the collarbone to the dress length (you can decide the dress length according to your convenience).
  3. Distance from collarbone to 1-½ to 2″ below the underarm.
  4. Hip measurement.

For a Pillowcase Dress with a 3″ Band:

  • Measurement I = Neckline width
  • Measurement II = II – 1.5’’ = Main Body Length
  • Measurement III = III + 1.5’’ = Armhole
  • Measurement IV = (IV × 1.75’’)/2’’ = Main Body Width

For a Top or Dress with a Band:

There will be the following cut pieces:

  • Two primary body pieces = II” × IV.”
  • Two band pieces = 6″-6½” × IV.”
  • One strap piece that is usually 2½” -3″ of fabric.

Once you are thorough with the measurements, you need to do the cutting. You can either use scissors and a ruler or use a rotary cutter. Use it according to your convenience.

Once you are done with all the cuts, make curved armholes on the main body pieces. Place one main body piece on the surface such that the top edge of the main body piece is at the top.

Now, fold the right edge of the main body piece over the left edge. Ensure proper alignment of the edges and corners. Measure the neckline (I) width to the left of the fold, and mark with a pen/pencil/chalk. Now, mark main body length (III), down from the top of the main body piece to all along the unfolded left edge.

Now, join these two marks with a curve. Trim the remaining part and discard one of the scrap pieces. Fold the remaining main body piece similarly as mentioned before and use the remaining armhole scrap as a template to trim away the armhole on this main body piece.

Sewing the Garment

Firstly, place the two main body pieces together. Right sides should be facing each other such that the sides align with each other. Pin them if required.

Now, stitch along these side edges considering a ½″ seam. Finish the seam with a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. Press this seam to the back.

Now, cut two lengths of extra bias tape, which would be equal to the armholes’ length. Further, fold the top edge of the dress under ¼″ and press. Continue to fold under an additional ½” to 1″ and press.

Furthermore, stitch along the bottom folded edge. It should form a casing. For a dress/top with a band, place the two band pieces together such that the right sides are facing each other. Align the short and long ends, respectively. Pin if necessary.

Now, stitch along the two short ends. Ensure an allowance of ½” seam and press them open. Fold the piece such that the wrong sides of the piece are facing and press them. Folding must be half in length.

Now, pin the circular band piece, preferably to the lower edge of the Lightbody’s side of t Stitch this band to the main body. Ensure a ½″ to 1″ seam allowance. Finish the seam with a zig-zag stitch. Press the seam towards the main body and topstitch above the seam.

Further, fold the strapping piece in half lengthwise. The right sides must be facing each other. Just ensure that you are stitching along one of the shorter ends and the longer edge with a ¼″ to ½” seam allowance.

Please be a bit extra cautious during this step. Trim the seam to 1/8″ to 1/6″. Now, use a tube turning tool to turn the piece. Turn it towards the right-side and outwards. After pressing, topstitch the pieces.

Use a safety pin to pull the strap through the front. Now, back the top casing and secure it with a pretty bow.

Voila! You are pretty much done with a pillowcase dress!

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How to make Tissue Paper sunflower

Crafts have been an old but remarkable way of making several things we can use daily. We are using crafts to decorate our houses for a long time. Technology and new advancements have evolved the new things we use now in the form of decorative, but a long time ago, people were dependent on their arts and crafts to decorate their house.

This gives their house a unique impression and helps them get what they want, and they do not have to adjust to the things that are available like we do now.

But arts and crafts are still in trend, and that is why we are here with impressive and trendy crafts you can make on your own. In this tutorial, which is totally inspired by HomeBnc, a great source of inspiration, you can take for decoration stuff. They have all you need while decorating your house. Whether it is tips, tricks, or ideas, they have it all for you.

Let us start our tutorial on making sunflowers out of tissue paper.

Method 1: – Jointed petals ones

We will give you here two methods by which you can make beautiful sunflowers with ease. Both methods are comfortable and will result in gorgeous sunflowers. So, look at them and then choose what you will opt for in your own home.

Here in this method, we will make all the petals of our sunflower at one time. Let us begin now.

  • First, you will need three yellow tissue papers stacked on each other.
  • Now, roll it like we used to make a hand fan from a paper.
  • After you are rolling it like a fan, please give it a little press to shape it in the required form.
  • Now, right in the middle, tie a knot either from a thin ribbon, or you can use a regular thread as well.
  • At this moment, you will require scissors, and it is now time to start cutting.
  • Start your cutting from the top side.
  • Cut in such a way that the part above the knot has an arc going straight to the top corner of your sheet.
  • Make a similar cut at the other end as well.
  • Now, spread your tissue paper from both sides of the knot in the same way we spread our sheet while making fan from a paper sheet.
  • After spreading the sheets, you will see two halves of your petals which needs something to gets attached to each other and that is when you know you must use glue.
  • After joining both halves and letting them dry hard, separate each part of the tissue paper easily.
  • Point the top of your petals upwards by pressing them on the top.
  • Make each petal separated, and you will have beautiful, circular bright yellow petals for your sunflower.

Method 2: – Separate Petals, Separate Layers

This method is more straightforward than the above method, and it will also take less time than the previous one, but it may not appear as good as the one we mentioned above. Now let us look at the steps.

  • Take several strips of same sized yellow tissue paper.
  • Use as much as you need, and you can ha doe while cutting them.
  • Divide it into three parts, and you can change the number of sheets in each part as well.
  • Cut them in such an order that you have three parts of different sizes.
  • Now, cut them like a pointed petal.
  • After that, you will have three parts of petals, which are of different sizes.
  • Now cut a circle out of another yellow tissue paper.
  • Fix the petals on the circle with glue and arrange the different sized petals alternately to give your sunflower a patterned shape.
  • Now your sunflower is ready.

Time for its Middle Part

To make its middle part, we will need a brown or black tissue paper. You can choose any of them according to your wish but will prefer I go with the brown as it is the natural color of the sunflower’s middle part

  • Cut a wide strip from that brown tissue paper.
  • Fold it in half from length.
  • Make fringes at its open edge.
  • Open the folds.
  • Repeat the same procedure with another sheet of the same proportions.
  • Now, put both strips on top of each other.
  • Cross joined them together to bind them together.
  • Now, glue is both sides to give it a circular shape.
  • Your middle part of your sunflower is ready to use.

Assemble Them to Get your Work Done

Place the middle part at the center of your sunflower and Tada! Your sunflower made up of tissue paper is now ready to flaunt.

From the above two methods, you can choose whatever seems more comfortable for you. Both are a straightforward approach and will not take up your much time as well.

Use it either on your walls, on mirrors, on your doors, on gift boxes, or at any other place; it will add an artistic look at that thing for sure.…

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Find the Perfect Farmhouse Style Rug

A farmhouse style is always the most soothing and homey environment one can get from the house. I mean, we all have dreams of owning a farmhouse.

Some even do own a farmhouse, but it is still a distant dream for most of us, considering all the hefty expenses one has to bear while getting one and the extra expense that one has to incur every month or two for maintenance and security purposes.

But not owning a farmhouse does not mean that we cannot get the same vibes that we can get from a farmhouse.

Farmhouses usually located in villages or the countryside are not jam-packed with unnecessary everyday things like ours. Regular homes and everything from the color combination to the paintings to the furniture is applied to keep a single goal in mind, i.e., to make the house look relaxing.

But it is not just the furniture or the painting scenes that you can play within your farmhouse, and it is also the rugs that can help you add an element of lavished or simplicity or vintage, totally depending on you.

The rugs, along with many other things mentioned above, can be used by you to give your non-farmhouse a touch of farmhouse. Today we will be learning about different tips and tricks that can help you decide a farmhouse style rug for yourself.

Suppose you want to reject your love for your house by decorating and making it even more attractive. In that case, you must visit HomeBnc’s Blog that contains a huge selection of articles that will help you learn about various new ideas and inspiration that can help you to decorate the house.

The blog caters to your decorative self’s needs by covering topics related to each segment of the house.

Some Pro Tips that Will help you Select the Best Rug for your Farmhouse Style Crave:

Tip 1: Go for Something Neutral

While there are many colors you can choose from for your rugs, you might want to go neutral, which is far less intimidating and intense than a dark color.

This way, the rug will complement the house’s ambiance and not grab all the attention towards it, which a dark and intimidating color might do. While going for a neutral color, you can choose between light gray and light blue, they can even be used interchangeably.

So always remember not to go for a dark and intimidating color unless you want it on purpose and go with a neutral, less intimidating, and soothing color that does not hurt your eyes.

Tip 2: Look Around the Room You Want to Put a Rug in

The choice of your rug should be dependent on the room you are thinking about. If you are thinking about the drawing-room or the bedroom, you must want to try out something more soothing and relaxing, but if you are looking for any other room, your choices and preferences may differ drastically.

So before going any further with the selection process, what you need to do is a state which room you are thinking about. This will also help you get advice from experts who can tell you which fabric and color of the rug will suit your room better than any other.

Tip 3: Select from Different Fabrics and Patterns

There are tens and hundreds of fabrics to choose from for your house. And the same can be said about the patterns too. You can select the type of fabric you want your rug to be made of, depending on how you want it to be.

If you want it to be more rustic, you can choose from different jute rugs available there. Well, the choices do not end here after choosing the rug and the color you will be required to choose from a plethora of design variants.

You can choose any of the designs after making sure that it resonates with the room’s ambiance and is not made out of a very contrasting and intimidating color that can quickly spoil all the smart decisions you have made.

Tip 4: Read HomeBnc’s blog

The last and most important thing you will need is expert advice and a technique to know which rug style will best suit you. I recommend reading HomeBnc’s article regarding the same topic.

They have discussed all the essential rug types that can suit your farmhouse style cravings. What is even better is that all the selections and suggestions have been made by the experts working at HomeBnc.

So HomeBnc could be that one-stop solution that can help you make your home great again.

Conclusion

These are some tips and tricks that will work for you the next time you search for a perfect farmhouse style rug for your house. For more DIY projects and house decoration ideas, try visiting HomeBnc.…

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How to Organize Your Travel Photos

Travelling can be your passion, interest, or your way of relaxing. It is very well said that if you want practical knowledge to go around the world and discover even the smallest known fact in your way. While you travel to different places, you get to interact with different people, get to know about their eating habits, their culture, and many more.

Each place you visit, you find something familiar and, at the same time, some differences. After visiting a place, you love to carry the best Souvenir with you, what can be best than the moments you captured in your camera.

The place you visited 5 to 6 years back must have changed a lot at present, and when you look back to the photos you clicked, you find yourself to be fortunate to be a part of it. You may take the example of Nepal. Nepal, before the massive earthquake and the place now, is entirely different.

Let us start finding ways to organize our photos so that they remain to be the best Souvenir to us. If you feel that these options are not enough, you can check out HomeBnc (Homebnc.com) for more tips on these topics.

Transferring the Photos from your Camera to your Laptop

To transfer your photos from your camera to your laptop, you must insert your SD card into your laptop, and by copying or dragging the folder, get the photos transferred. It may take 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the volume of photos.

Organizing your Photos in a Folder

When you start organizing your photos, it is always advisable first to go through all the photos and select the best ones and delete the ones which you either look by mistake or have some error. After your sorting is done, you need to name the folder. You can give the name of the place and the year to make it simple.

You can even make subfolders by giving names of the places you visited, for example, museums, gardens, beaches, temples, and so on.

Deleting Multiple Photos

We often take multiple photos to get the best shot, but we forget to choose and keep the best for our memory. So, do not be afraid to delete the photos which have some error and keep the best ones. This would not only save space but also make your album look neat, or else you will get bored looking into the same photos one after the other.

Public Viewing / Friends and Family

The photos can also be divided into two groups, a folder meant for friends and family keeping it private. The other can be for public viewing, maybe in any of the public platforms. This will make your work easy while you go through the photos after a long time or when you share your experience with an outsider.

Editing your Photos

Editing your photos is also a part of organizing. If you are a travel blogger or you want to upload the photos on social media, then you need to edit the photos. The things which should be kept in mind while editing is, adjusting the brightness, contrast, and sharpness apart from cropping and tilting if required.

Creating a Photo Essay

A photo essay is visual storytelling through a series of photos. The photos should be laid out or arranged so that whenever someone takes a glance at the album, they must get a feeling of self-experience.

Providing a Caption

It is always advisable to provide cations or write a few lines and the photo something worth remembering. The memory can be funny, emotional, lessen learning, and many more. This is mainly because with time, and if by chance, you forget the incidence, the caption would help you recall and go down the memory lane.

Back up for your Photos

You should always keep your photos as a back in your hard disk or even back up the images on cloud storage. You can opt for a paid cloud service or goggle the same.

These were some simple steps as to how one can organize their photos. We hope this article has been helpful to you, and you have been able to gain some tips as to how one can organize their photos.…

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