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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back To School: Mini Bow Dress Tutorial

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Welcome to Day 2 of the Back to School 
Crafting on  Blissful and Domestic...

 One way to stretch your children clothing for back to school is to look and see what you already have. I do this all the time. When I am itching to go shopping and buy a cute new outfit for my family, I always look in our closets first. I ask myself...What could I make into something new? I almost always find something I can refashion. With that being said I have a tutorial on how to make a new dress for your little girl. Perfect for back to school.

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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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Don't forget to enter our give-away, from Madison Avenue, this week and
to come back tomorrow for more Back to School Refashions!

** Also remember I am offering a coupon code to all my Blissful and Domestic lovelies. When you go finish your check out enter Back2School to get 20% off your entire order. As always I try to keep my prices low for all of you. Check it all out and Happy Shopping! **

1 comment:

  1. Awesome dress. I will have to start saving our clothes and see if I can refashion them :) My girls LOVE to wear dresses.

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