November 02, 2010

Upcycled T-shirt Dress

I had so much fun working with all my old t-shirts when I did the Upcycled Boy Hats.  This time around I thought I'd give girls a try.  (Don't worry, I'll do a boy version of it later.)  Let me introduce the Upcycled T-shirt Dress. 


Now right off the bat you might be thinking, "That's nice but I don't have any cute t-shirts or knits."  Don't you fret or frown.  I've got an extra little step for you.


After rounding up my t-shirts, I felt like some of them needed something extra.  I bought these foam stamps from Hobby Lobby.  There were 12 little stamps and I think the pack was less than $2.  I painted my fabric paint onto the stamp and pressed it onto the fabric.  I did this until it looked like a funky knit fabric.  (Don't worry about each stamp being perfect.  They won't be, but it'll still be really cute.  It'll look more vintage.)


I did another one using a lip stamp from the same pack.


To add a little variety, I took another fabric and drew "XOXO"s all over it with my fabric markers.


For the top of the dress you can cut off any shirt.  Maybe you can find a shirt that has a stain on the bottom half that you would have gotten rid of.  Or if you're using a new one, save the bottom to make my Anti-layer Tube Top.


Next I aligned all my different strips and sewed them together.  I wanted the seams to be on the outside, to give it that messy, patchy look.  You need two of these pieces - one for the back and one for the front.


I trimmed the edges carefully.  I wanted the dress to be a-line and I made sure the top of the skirt was about a 1/2 inch wider then the bottom of the shirt, so that after I sewed the from and back of the skirt together (using 1/4 inch seams) they would be the same width.


I sewed the front and back together, but I didn't want those seams on the outside.  (Tip: I like to start at the bottom of the skirt to make sure the two parts line up.)  I also made sure to use the bottom of a t-shirt for the last layer so I wouldn't have to do my own hem.  Clever and lazy, yes.  Lastly, I sewed the skirt to the top.


It was a fun project and I was happy to give my dull old knits some extra life.


I hope you're enjoying the Refashionista event.  There's lots more fun to come.  Thanks for dropping in!

105 comments:

  1. Oh I love this! It is so adorable - I can not wait to make a few of these for my girls. It would be a good way to use up the t-shirts sitting in my stash. I am loving all the posts this week!

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    1. you are so right, I also want to do this.
      enigmashairstudio.com

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  2. So cute! I want to make an adult one for myself.

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    1. Me too. I think this is a cute idea to use Cardinals baseball t-shirts to make a dress for trips to Busch Stadium.

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  3. Absolutely LOVE it!! Can't wait to make some!!

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  4. I don't typically leave msgs but I can't bite my tongue and longer! This is tooooo cute! I have so many kids in mind for this and I CAN'T WAIT for the boy version! I have one of each and this is too cute. i bet it'd be cute for arm warmers or leg warmers, too! OMG! THANK YOU!

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  5. Hahaha, I love when you try to disguise the fact that you are putting little girl clothes on a boy! Too cute! Thanks for the fun idea!

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  6. What a cute dress! It's nice to see a little girl's dress that isn't princessy for a change (although those are nice too).

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  7. I love it! I know you have boys but I wish you'd post more girl things! :) THANKS!

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  8. Seriously..Seriously...I was just wondering if I could get away with putting the seams on the outside and if it would look as cute from a machine (vs. a serger) It does! Definitely in my near future. Definitely!!!! Ummm. You forgot to add your signature floss. I wont forget on mine, cause I'm ADDICTED :)

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  9. This is so cute...comfy and perfect for playing in!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. ok, i'm learning to sew. i have to make this!

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  11. Is that your nephew again? You need some little girls in your life, bad. I would volunteer mine for photo shoots, but we are about 3.5 hours away from you. Not very feasible. :)

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  12. love these~ very creative. I think I will make two for my nieces :)

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  13. Adorable!! I want to make one in shades of white and ivory.

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  14. Cheri, I. LOVE. THIS! Seriously adorable!

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  15. This dress is adorable! I loved how you just painted on some designs to the plain t-shirts. Very clever! I am going to put this on my long to do list. :)

    justenoughstyle.blogspot.com

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  16. Oh! It's amazing. What a great idea! Your little girl looks adorable inthat dress. I'll have to make one for my little girl too. Thanks for the inspiration and the tute.

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  17. I love these! I am totally making one or twenty for my daughter. I can not wait to see your boys version!

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  18. I love love love LOVE this idea! I have a four year old who will wear nothing but dresses. She will be sporting some of these very soon. Thanks for all the great ideas :)

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  19. Great idea! Cute and easy!!

    And I love your "little girl" model!! ;-) You should get a picture of "her" from the front next time!!

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  20. Great idea! Cute and easy!!

    And I love your "little girl" model!! ;-) You should get a picture of "her" from the front next time!!

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  21. that is SO adorable! I love all the time you put into making each "layer" special!

    taidye original

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  22. Ok at first I was thinking ahh man she has such cute tee shirts my shirts are so boring! I LOVE THE FABRIC PAINT ON THEM! seriously soo stinking cute! I am doing a linky party on Friday if you want to link it up!

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  23. Boy! My sewing machine is going to get a workout this week! I love it ~ and the model *wink*.

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  24. Cheri-I love that you created your own patterns! That is genius. It makes me want to make my own wallpaper or something. Very fun refashion.

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  25. LOVE this!! I have two little sisters and, since I don't have my own family, I plan on making them some of these ASAP! Thanks for the darling idea, Cheri!


    Felicity @ Simple Elegance

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  26. I have seen a lot of upcycled t-shirt dresses out in blogland, but this one is by far my favorite. Very, very cute. :)

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  27. I was just thinking as I saw the first picture, I don't have all these cute T-shirts that most people seem to have. Then I kept scrolling down! Great idea! Now I can do this too! My little girl, almost 3, walked by and saw the dress and said it was beautiful and she wants one too! I guess I know what I'll be doing this week!

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  28. What a fab idea. I've made a quilt from significant tshirts but this is a great recycle project :-)

    Thanks for sharing

    Benta

    Benta@SLIKstitches.co.uk

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  29. This is adorable. I definitely want to try and make this!!!

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  30. Hold the phone. Is that your cute little nephew again? Hee Hee. Love the dress and thanks for the tutorial.

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  31. What a fun project! Since i don't have a little girl, I may have to make one for myself...LOL!

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  32. I looked at the "xoxo" pattern, and love it straight away. Then I thought, "I would never find that fabric"....then like the others, I scrolled down, and found I could make it myself. Genius!

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  33. I love this recycling project!! I can't wait to get started...

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  34. Very cute little dress. I love the stamping you did on it. I wanted to follow along, but a lack of old t-shirts and a serious lack of little girl held me back. So I did this instead: http://everythingniceblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/refashionista-day-2-in-which-i-do-not.html

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  35. I think I know this cute little girl :)

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  36. So, I have not much experience with sewing, but I am dying to make this dress!! Did you use a sewing machine or sew by hand???

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  37. What a great idea to use the stamps!

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  38. L-O-V-E this so much I just made one! I will post back when I get a picture of it on my blog - right now the little one is sleeping!

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  39. Here is my version! Thanks for the tute! http://meldrimfamily.blogspot.com/2010/11/upcycled-t-shirt-dress.html

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  40. What an adorable dress!!! I hope I can give your cute idea a try - I need to sort through old clothing this weekend anyway!

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  41. This tutorial inspired me to finally get on a t-shirt upcycle project that I have been meaning to get to. Here is the my post about it http://twincess.blogspot.com/2010/11/t-shirt-refashion-and-bye-bye-mullets.html
    Nothing as snazy as yours but still need to be done.
    Thanks for inspiring.

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  42. What a great idea! Thanks for thinking, crafting and sharing thrifty ideas.

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  43. I made a version of this dress for my little girl thanks to you!!! Your idea was cute. I even blogged about it.

    http://paintedstudio.blogspot.com/2010/11/over-at-i-am-momma-hear-me-roar-made.html

    Cheryl

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  44. Jumped on board and made one too. I even copied your color choices since I enjoyed your end product so much. I happened to have stamps and paint on hand too. Can you tell I liked your project! :)

    http://karascreativeplace.blogspot.com/2010/11/upcycled-t-shirts-dress.html

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  45. this really is cute..thanks for posting!

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  46. Fabulous! I want to make one now.

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  47. thanks for the amazing idea! i finally gave it a try.. http://imakestuff.typepad.com/i-make-stuff/2010/12/upcycled-t-shirt-dress-.html

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  48. Great idea, we gave it a try and I'm so happy with the turnout! My niece loved it, they are very "green" and into recycling so it was a huge hit. Here's the link
    http://coffeeatthree.blogspot.com/2010/12/upcycle-dress.html

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  49. This dress couldn't BE any cuter!!! I will be making matching ones for my girls and post it on my blog, Upcycle Mama. I love your blog! I'm a new follower after seeing this for the first time. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. What a great idea for all of my girls' favorite little t-shirts that have become midriff tops!:) After my daughter's Dorothy costume, this will be next, and I'll post it on my blog: www.fiveminutesmoreplease.blogspot.com

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  51. I am one of your many fans. I love what your doing and was hoping for a little help. I am the mother of a 4 year old , 2 year old and pregnant with twins due in May. My engery level is dropping really fast. So I am begging you to help me out by guess posting for me. It can be a old post or new, it is up to you.

    Sewing, crafts and Kid stuff welcome!!!! I want to feature my followers and blogs I follow during May, June and July. Please check out my blog and let me know if you interested.

    http://www.couturiermommy.com/
    evaharp@msn.com

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  52. LOL! i was just thinking 'What a cute haircut that little girl has!' til I read through comments! I'm new to your blog, and I'm loving this outfit! Adorable! I have a 4 month old baby girl after having 2 boys, so I'm craft happy right now and ready to make her all sorts of things! :)

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  53. This is amazing and adorable! Awesome!

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  54. thanks for the inspiration! i made 3 just last night from a bunch of shirts that are a tad to short on my girls! brilliant! check them out if you want!
    http://shayandco.blogspot.com/2011/03/up-cycled-t-shirt-dress.html

    thanks for the fun ideas!

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  55. So very, very cute.

    Well done & great pics too.

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  56. I've just stumbled across your blog and found you're in the midst of upcycling too! I love this dress - I like the way to stamped and printed to brighted up the plain fabric!

    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 60 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas – and this month I’m upcycling lots of clothes and trying to feature lots of the links too!
    Do come and take a look!
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/p/clothes-upcycling-projects.html

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  57. I don't even need to tell you that you are amazing! You are so creative and think of the cutest ideas! love this! thanks so much for linking up to the CSI project this week!
    xoxo

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  58. I have been looking for a way to turn a bunch of concert t-shirts from a particular band into a dress. I've seen them several times and have a bunch of shirts that I can use. I love the idea of stamping on them or using fabric markers because it'll help me to add in some coordinating fabrics so I can solve the problem of not having a shirt wide enough for my hips ;) I saw this over on CSI and knew I had to check it out! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  59. really cute refashion, thanks for sharing

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  60. I've had my eye on this for awhile and finally made one for my daughter. I'm actually jealous of it and wish it fit me. ;-)

    Here's the link: http://cominguprosemary.blogspot.com/2011/05/favorite-t-shirt-dress.html

    Thanks!

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  61. I can't wait to try this.. thanks for the post!! My granddaughter will love it!!

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  62. Thanks for the great idea! I am a beginning sewer, so I started a little simpler, but I got my inspiration to use a t-shirt as a dress top from you. I can't wait to try out your complete tutorial with dad's t-shirts some time.

    Here is my post on my dress: http://olymomma.blogspot.com/2011/07/going-rogue-and-pattern-free-t-shirt.html

    Thanks again for the inspiration! Jess (at) OlyMomma

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  63. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! THANK YOU!!! IM SO GONNA DO THIS!!! THANK YOU!!!

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  64. Thanks so much for this post and your fabulous blog. As a newcomer to the sewing world you are giving me so much inspiration and guidence.
    You can see my version of this dress here http://siblimeshamblesofashell.blogspot.com/2011/08/up-cycled-dress-for-my-little-miss.htm
    It's the first ever dress I have put together for my little girl and I am very thankful you made the steps for a very funky dress so easy to follow. Thankyou again ox

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  65. I love this! I made one for my daughter (you can see it here: http://cominguprosemary.blogspot.com/2011/05/favorite-t-shirt-dress.html).

    I was wondering what stitch you used for the seams? My daughter's is falling apart a bit and I was wondering if you had any suggestions - I'm not too experienced with knits.

    Thanks!

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  66. i love t-shirt recons (esp. those for the little ones). my girl has those awesome froggy boots and sports them w/ dresses and tutus (well, just about anything and everything come to think about it)and it is so damn cute! thanks for the tute! ;)

    hillary (tinymadman)

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  67. Another tutorial I love... I made it into a rainbow dress
    http://wp.me/pK2DW-o0
    and I am sure I'll make some more of this kind of dresses!!
    Thank you so much!

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  68. Great tutorial, thank you so much! Both my girls are very happy with their new dresses:
    http://maarnietvangrijs.blogspot.com/2011/09/deze-week-zag-ik_29.html

    Love, Sacha (maarnietvangrijs)

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  69. Thank you for this tut. I have am inspired to do one but maybe out of sweaters since we are in that cold season here, yuck. Thank you very much. When I get it done I will post back to your blog for the idea, if thats ok with you.
    Thanks again,
    Katrina
    www.afloat-in-the-deepblue.blogspot.com

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  70. Really cute idea and fast I'm sure to make. Thanks for sharing.

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  71. Couldn't be any cuter or more fun to make! THNX!!

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  72. Couldn't love this more and can't wait to make it!!!! I'll link back to ya WHEN (not if, haha) I make one!! :)

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  73. New to your blog. I saw a link to this at Valerie's Reviews and had to come and check it out. I have pinned this, great idea.

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  74. This is so cute! I just included it in my "Top 10 Things to Make Out of T-Shirts" post @ www.cheapcraftymama.com... feel free to stop by and grab a "featured" button!

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  75. I love this. Would it be crazy for me to make an adult version of this? I think I would love to have a summer dress like this.

    I just found your blog and LOVE IT! I will be fallowing now:)

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  76. I love the great Idea and reported on my blog (http://erstlingswerke.eu) tomorrow. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  77. What a terrific idea! I have two boys so I think I'll need to make one of these for myself! :)

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  78. BTW, I pinned this on Pinterest...

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  79. Hi Cheri, I use your tutorial to make a valentine's dress to my daughter! you can see it here: http://papgenamadeit.blogspot.com/2012/02/vestido-de-s-valentim-valentines-dress.html

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  80. Love this dress. I made some myself and they turned out get. Wonderful idea!

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  81. Hiya babe, just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog this morning. Hope that's ok. Go and check it out and feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar :)

    Mammy Made: Mint Stuff I've Seen

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  82. Found this on Pinterest. Made 2 of these this weekend for gifts. (Second one went much faster- less than an hour!) Only had to use the seam ripper twice b/c I sewed the wrong sides together. D'oh. Planning on making a small version for one of the girls' american girl doll. I still have some scraps left - thought I would just do some spaghetti straps since I don't really have an AG size tshirt for the top part. Thanks for the idea!!! Love it.

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  83. Making these today for my girls!!<3 this! Been wanting to find some ways to upcylce their old shirts!

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  84. Help! Ive been trying this all day and the fabric keeps getting bunched up under the darning foot. I am using a scalloped stitch because it looks so cute. Should I use a specific stitch or something? Please respond anybody :)

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    1. I wouldn't recommend a fancy stitch here. Usually I use a zig zag for knits, because it allows the fabric to stretch. However, I have always used a straight stitch on this dress because I make it loose fitting, meaning that is won't need to stretch. I find the straight stitch is the easiest one to do successfully on knits. Just sew it slowly and be sure you aren't stretching the fabric as you feed it through your machine. I hope this helps!

      Cheri

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  85. ok,you are so right. The straight stitch works :)I need to hit up some garage sales for some age right t-shirts for tops. Making a couple for my grandaughter. thanks for the tip!

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  86. Very cute and perfect for my littl 2 yr old Diva. Caught a link to your blog from another called "Creative Tryals".

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  87. Super easy! I just pinned it! Thanks!!

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  88. I can't sew. This is one of the reasons I want to learn to sew. So I can make fun cute adorable dresses like this!

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  89. I just made this for my daughter. It's adorable and it only cost me $1.00!

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  90. How clever and cute! I need to make some of these for my granddaughters. Thanks!

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  91. SO cute! Thanks for inspiring! :D

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  92. I'm really doing this project too... you are always a good inspiration, thanks for sharing the love :)
    www.maomaocrafts.blogspot.com

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  93. this is awesome!! Your projects are so frugal and yet so cool! First time on your blog and love it! Love from India

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  94. This dress is just too stinking cute!!! The model is adorable too.

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  95. Just made this and love how it turned out! I now have several more to make for my nieces . . . :)

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