Friday, August 5, 2011

The Mini Bow Dress - guest post tutorial - Danielle from Blissful and Domestic

Hello lovelies! I am so excited to be here at Creating my Way to Success. Thanks Jill for the opportunity to share with all your readers.


I am Danielle and my bloggy home is Blissful and Domestic.
That is where I share all my crafty projects and re-purposing ideas.

I love re-purposing clothes and creating something new from something old. It is totally a fun challenge every time I look at a handmedown piece of clothing. I love how the wheels begin turning in my head, allowing me to come up with a little bit of fabulousness for my family.

And speaking of re-purposing I have a fun project to share with all of you today.

enter in my cute redhead,
modelling The Mini Bow Dress

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Here is how you make it...

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you will need one little girl shirt.
Mine is a 4t
Preferably one that is too short, since you will be cutting the length.
Also you need an adult size tank or shirt.

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Cut of the top of the tank, under the arm holes.

Save the top straps, you may use them in another project. 
I always do

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Do a running stitch around the raw edge of your shirt/tank.
This will become the bottom of your dress.

Set aside.

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Take your little girl shirt and cut about 3-4 inches off the bottom
Save your scraps though. You will need them later.

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Make it go outside in,
then take it and place it down into your tank.
like this below.

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 begin pinning the two raw edges together

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Go all away around to make it look like this.

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Sew a straight stitch around.

Then pull out your shirt. It will now be right side out and
completely attached to your bottom section
(the purple part)

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I like to do a top stitch, just to make sure everything is secured.

Better safe than sorry.
It totally bugs me if my little girl wears it
once and then pulls the seams while playing.
This is why I do a top stitch.

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Now you are going to sew on a bow for added cuteness.

This is how you make the bow.
It is crazy how simple it is.

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Cut a strip of fabric.

about 3 inches long
(depending on how big you want your bow)

You can tell mine came from the side of the shirt.
The seam is the original side seam from the yellow little shirt.

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Now fold it in half
(right sides together)


Sew the raw edges together

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Cut another strip of fabric
about 2 inches long

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Tie it around your sewed rectangle and make a knot.
This creates a bow.

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I did a few darts to sew on my bow
that worked perfectly

And then your done

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super easy, super cheap to make,
and super cute on your little girl

If you have extra scraps, you can make another bow for her hair.
I just used bobby pins to secure it to her pony-tale

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I hope you guys enjoyed this how-to and don't forget to stop by
and say hi sometime.

I'd love to have you

Blissful and Domestic




4 comments:

  1. That is so cute!! I think I might actually be able to do this one with the great tutorial.

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  2. This is such a pretty dress!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-mini-bow-dress-for-little-girls/2011/08/05/
    (link will go live tonight)

    --Anne

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  3. great little dress and thanks for the tutorial

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