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“Dory!! Mama, Dooooorrrrrrryyyyy!“
I’ve heard exclaimed many, many times the past few months by my 2 year old daughter. And, amazingly, she hadn’t even seen either movie Dory has starred in. That didn’t stop her from spying that well known blue tang wherever we went. No matter where Dory’s likeness popped up, my daughter was sure to find it and let me (and the rest of the store) know.
I guess Santa was in on this fact because he left a copy of the new Finding Dory movie in her stocking on Christmas Eve. When the time came to snuggle up and watch it, I decided to surprise both kids with a treat.
I filled a couple of bowls (in Dory blue and Nemo orange, of course) with snacks. Then placed them into a wooden tray from our kitchen so they could sit easily on top of our ottoman. And, since both were overcoming colds too, I also added a box of Kleenex® featuring Finding Dory I found at BJ’s Wholesale Club. They are limited time design so check here to see if your local store has them in stock.
Kleenex 2-ply tissues are soft, strong and absorbent making them perfect for little noses. Not to mention that my kids found the box design fun. (Me too! Do you think they’ll notice if I sneak off a box for my desk at work?)
I also brought down their pillows for extra couch snuggling fun and surprised them each with a new Finding Dory pillowcase I had made. Perfect to get us into the mood for our movie.
All in all my movie night surprise was simple, but a big hit with them. My son keeps asking when we’ll do it again and both kids have been caught all over the house snuggling with their new pillows.
Ready to make your own fun Dory inspired pillowcases for movie nights? Here’s how …
- 1-1/3 yards of main fabric
- 1/3 yard of band fabric
- 1/4 yard of accent fabric
- straight pins
- fabric marker
- tape measure
- quilter’s square (optional)
Be sure to prewash your material before beginning this tutorial.
Step 1 Measure and cut rectangles from all 3 pieces of fabric:
- 26″ x 41″ rectangle from your main fabric;
- 2″ x 41″ rectangle from your accent fabric; and
- 9″ x 41″ rectangle from your band fabric.
Step 2 Fold both the band fabric in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Iron along the fold line. Repeat with the accent fabric.
Step 3 Place the ironed accent fabric piece along one of the long edges of the main fabric right sides together.
Place the band fabric directly on top of the accent fabric. Unfold so that the wrong side is exposed. Pin the fabrics together along the long edge.
Step 4 Sew the fabrics together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 5 Lay fabrics out right side up. Roll the main fabric back toward the accent & band fabrics.
Gently roll until the main fabric can sit on half of the band fabric closest to your accent fabric. Now fold the band fabric over the roll so the two long edges touch. Pin together.
Step 6 Sew the fabrics together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. This will hide your earlier sewing in Step 4 and create a hidden seam along the entire band connection.
Step 7 Pull pillowcase fabric out of the band roll you just created.
Step 8 Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, so the open end of the bands touch.
Pin along the two open edges and sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 9 Trim any edges and clip the corners. Then turn the pillowcase right side out.
Step 10 Slide your new Dory pillowcase onto your favorite pillow and enjoy!
What is your favorite way to celebrate movie nights at home?