Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

If you love easy and ruffles, you will love this Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband! Our tutorial uses simple techniques that give the boutique look, but at the fraction of the cost. Check it out by clicking read more!


Hello! I am so excited to be here posting for The Ribbon Retreat for the very first time! My name is Sarah, and I spend most of my crafty time creating projects for a newer blog, Craft Quickies. Our focus at Craft Quickies is on crafts and recipes that can be made in thirty minutes or less. However, although I do tend to be a lazy crafter who likes a shortcut, sometimes I am in the mood to go all out and really do something special. And 98% of the time those projects are things for my children, especially my baby girl.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband is no exception. When I saw this Grinch fabric by Robert Kaufman I knew that I wouldn’t be able to rest until I had some in my hot little hands. And thus this dress came to life from within my ruffle-obsessed mind.

My favorite thing about this project is that it look impressive, and yet it is quite simple since you can use a onesie or a basic t-shirt as the base of the dress. Hip hip hooray for not having to sew sleeves! I hate sewing sleeves.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Below I will list the supplies that you will need in order to make a Grinch Ruffle Dress. My daughter is seven months old and pretty petite, so if you are making it for an older girl you may need more fabric. I did have some fabric to spare, however. (Do not order less unless you are sewing for a preemie! I looked carefully to see if you could order less. The answer was no.) If you have a big girl you may want to consider using a basic top for this project and throwing it over a pair of leggings or skinny jeans as a cute Grinch Ruffle Tunic instead of a dress.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Supply List for Grinch Ruffle Dress:

* one basic onesie or top (I suggest using one size up from your child’s usual size.)

* 1/4 yard Red Who’s fabric in How the Grinch Stole Christmas for Robert Kaufman
(NOT A FAT QUARTER! You need the length of an actual quarter yard.)

* 1/2 yard Holiday Grinch fabric in How the Grinch Stole Christmas for Robert Kaufman

* Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in color 079 Lemongrass, 5/8 inch wide

* Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in color 079 Lemongrass,1 1/2 inches wide

* red and green thread

Ok, let’s get started! First of all, one mistake that I made, which you can learn from, is do NOT try to make this dress too fitted. Be generous in your measurements and make it to fit loosely. Let’s just say that I wasn’t considering the fact that ribbon does not stretch like a cotton onesie does, so the dress fits her perfectly, but it is a battle to get her in a out of it. To say the least. If you leave a couple of inches or so of wiggle room then you should avoid that problem.

Gather up your supplies and start by measuring your little lady’s torso. The standard rule is to double that measurement when making ruffles and you will have the length of your strips of fabric. My daughter’s belly was about 22 inches around, so my strips were about 44 inches long.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now check out your shirt or onesie. Measure the length from the armpits to the last place on the shirt or onesie that you could sew a ruffle. (If you are using a shirt and want to make a long dress for a big girl then you could simply sew some extra fabric to the bottom of the shirt to make it longer. It will be hidden underneath the ruffles anyway.) Divide that measurement roughly by three. This will be the length of your ruffles. My onesie’s measurement was about 15 inches, so divided by three that made each strip 5 inches wide.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

My strips were 44 inches long by 5 inches wide. Cut your strips.
(Cutting is my least favorite thing about sewing. Seriously.)

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now it’s time to tackle the hems. You have two options here, as shown above. The first option is surge the edge and then fold back and iron 1/2 inch all along the bottom of your ruffle. If you don’t have a serger, the other option is to fold and iron 1/4 inch all along the bottom of your ruffle and then fold and iron 1/4 inch all along the bottom of your ruffle again. (Your unfinished edge will now be “trapped” and unable to unravel once it has been sewn.)

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Sew the hem of your ruffle. Repeat on the other two ruffles.

Time to ruffle! My heart swells at the thought of ruffles. Oh, how I love them! Ready? They are easy!

You are going to baste along the top of your ruffle, meaning to use a very long stitch. Set your machine to have a long length of stitch and quickly run the ruffle through. BE SURE TO LEAVE LONG THREADS AT EACH END AND DO NOT BACKSTITCH!

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Gently tug at the end threads and push your fabric toward the center and watch it ruffle.
It takes some adjusting to make it even.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Lay your fabric on top of your onesie or top and adjust the tightness of the ruffle until it is close to the correct width around. (Remember: err on the side of a little bit loose!) Fold it so that the right sides of the fabric are together, hold it shut and sew the ends together. Do not cut off the long strings from your basting yet! That will unravel your ruffle. Trust me. You can salvage it by pinning it in “ruffles” around the body, but that is a HUGE pain and not as consistent.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I suggest marking off the three lines where you will be pinning your ruffles at this point. It will ensure that you have straight ruffles.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

You are now going to prepare to sew on your ruffles. Are you surprised at how relatively quickly this is going? I was! This is important: Start with the bottom ruffle and work your way up. You should only work with one ruffle at a time! Pin your ruffle along the line that you drew. I am a pin junkie, so I pinned generously to ensure that the ruffle would be evenly distributed and straight.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Sew your ruffle on! Remove the pins. Hooray! You have a ruffle! Trim your strings. Now pin and sew your other ruffles, one at a time working from the bottom up, of course.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Time for the ribbon! This hides the top of your ruffle and gives your Grinch Ruffle Dress a “finished” and more professional look.

Carefully lay the 5/8 inch wide ribbon on top of the ruffled edge. Pin generously to ensure that the ribbon stays exactly in the place that it needs to be. (Remember: err on the side of the top being a little bit loose. Get it covered, but don’t worry about it being super fitted, because ribbon does not stretch.) To finish mine off, I folded a tiny bit of the ribbon under, as shown in the picture.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Slowly and carefully stitch along the top and bottom edges of your ribbon.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Wow! Look at what you have done! Isn’t it darling?!

Now you can add the bow if you want to be extra over-the-top like I always am. Decide how long you want your bow and cut that length of the 1 1/2 inches wide ribbon. My ribbon was 32 inches long. Fold just off center to allow for the bow tying process and sew the center onto your top or onesie. I used a zig-zag stitch, but you could use any stitch you would like. Now tie the bow.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Voila! You did it! Read on if you would like to know how to make the ridiculously cute matching headband. If not, then congratulations and farewell. Enjoy your little lady’s unique new Christmas dress!

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Supply List for the Grinch Feathered Headband:

* Green Fold-Over Elastic, 5/8 inch wide

* Lypple Curly Ostrich Puff

* 2″ Red Pom Posy

* Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in color 079 Lemongrass, 5/8 inch wide.
(Use the leftover from your dress—you will have tons)

* 7/8 inch Red Chevron Ribbon

* One Single Prong Clip (barrette)

* A tiny scrap of felt or other fabric

* Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

If there is one thing that I can swear to it is that I never take my little angel face out and about without a fabulous headband. Some are petite and some are… well, like this one. But all of them are an essential part of each of her outfits, even if my husband is skeptical about that claim. So, naturally, I knew that I needed to make something outrageous to go with her outrageous Grinch Ruffle Dress. This headband makes a splash even though it was crazy easy to make. So warm up that glue gun and let’s jump right in!

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

First of all, you are going to want to sew your elastic headband. Start by measuring your child’s head. With super soft, stretchy elastic like this I generally subtract two inches from her head measurement and cut off the elastic at that point. (With tougher, less stretchy elastic I may not subtract any length at all.)

Cut your elastic, cross the ends over one another a bit, pin, and sew. I always go back and forth with a zig-zag stitch on my headbands so that the connection is rock solid. That is the end of your sewing!

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

On top of your feather puff, experiment with your ribbons to see the length that you like each loop to be. Cut, fold over, and hot glue one piece of the Red Chevron Ribbon. Now cut the next length and do the same, while also gluing this loop to the first one. Repeat until you have four chevron loops. Glue your loops on top of the Ostrich Feather Puff, a bit off center so that most of the puff is in the back of the headband and not tickling your little lady’s nose.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now use the same process to cut and glue two shorter loops using the Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in the Lemongrass color. These are the “leaves” of your Red Pom Posy. Glue the green loops on top of the red chevron loops.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Glue the Red Pom Posy on top of the ribbon loops.

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

At this point you will attach the entire mass of fabulousness to a clip. You can glue it right to a headband (either hard or soft), but I chose to put it on a clip so that it can be clipped onto a headband now and into her actual hair in years to come down the road.

Start by cutting a tiny square of felt that will not show beyond the bottom of your feather puff. (See the blue felt in my picture.) Have that ready. Now hold your clip open, carefully spread the glue, and press your creation onto the clip. Keep your clip OPEN and spread more hot glue over the clip. Press the felt on top of it so the clip is firmly trapped between your feather puff and your felt. This adds longevity and stability to your clip. Now clip it onto your headband and start snapping pictures!

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I hope you enjoyed this very long-winded tutorial, and I look forward to sharing more tutorials and ideas with you in the future! Merry Grinchmas!

Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband - Use this fantastic tutorial to create a super cute dress and matching headband for your adorable little one! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

**I bet some of your are wondering about that fabulous quilt that my daughter is sitting on… well, it is the back of a phenomenal Dr. Seuss quilt that my mother-in-law made for my son with fabric from Robert Kaufman’s Celebrate Seuss line, which The Ribbon Retreat just so happens to carry! It is the Red/White Dots fabric.


Thank you SO much Sarah! This is the most adorable Grinch Ruffle Dress and Feather Headband I have ever seen. And the best part is how easy they are to make! You can do this! Sarah gives such careful step-by-step instructions, even if you are new to sewing, you can create this adorable outfit for your little one.

We have tons of fabric here at The Ribbon Retreat, and we do have Christmas fabric as well. Click the link to view them. Click these links to see more fabrics from How the Grinch Stole Christmas for Robert Kaufman.

We are so excited to add Sarah to our list of contributors! She is so creative and fantastic at sharing her talent. You will love the list of tutorials and recipes at Craft Quickies, so make sure to head over and visit often!

If you are interested in sharing your crafts or bow making skills, we are searching for crafty contributors. If you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We love all tutorials, and now especially love holiday ones! We make it worth your while! We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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9 Comments

  1. tanisha
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    absolutely LOVE this. thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Andrea Hartman
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial!

  3. Posted November 21, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    This is adorable!! Thanks!

  4. Posted November 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    This is so adorable and so easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Posted November 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Too stinkin’ cute!!!

  6. Posted November 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely adorable in every way! Pinning!

    Jenn

  7. Margaret
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Wow! This is all so cute! You have done a beautiful job on this dress–and your little girl is adorable!

  8. Gina
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see how those ruffles are only 5 inches. I made mine 5 inches for a 0-3 month onesie and they were way too short. I had to make a fourth row to fill the gap. 5 inches wasn’t long enough to make a skirt out of the bottom ruffle either. It turned out to be a ruffle shirt.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 4, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      Hi Gina! Thank you so much for your comment. I am so sorry that this cute little dress isn’t working out as you were hoping! Sarah recalls making her ruffles 5 inches, and she specifically said that she put as much space in between the ruffles as possible to make it longer and to give it a dress rather than a shirt look. I hope this helps a little. Thank you again for your comment and hope you have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

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