What can you make with a sundress?


For my one year blog anniversary, I invited you to nominate people you’ve met through the blogging world whom you would like to have as next-door neighbors . . . and to tell why. It was SO heartwarming to read the lovely comments that came in from all around the world! The blogger with the MOST nominations was then invited to send me a once-loved garment to remake into some fun treasures (a-la “What can you make with a flannel shirt?,” “What can you make with a lace tank?,” and “What can you make with a polo shirt?“) and return. The winner was Kelly of  Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons!  Kelly said, “After the shock wore off I ran to my closet to decide what I was going to send.  I chose a little sundress that has a lot of happy memories attached to it, but now that I’m a mama seems a little, well…SHORT.  I know that I will never wear it again, so I am very excited to send it off!”  So . . .today is the big reveal! In addition, this project will have a permanent home on the “What Can You Make With A . . .” page on my header.

  • I couldn’t resist using the bottom of the sundress with its lacy underskirt for another dress . . . this time for Kelly’s adorable daughter Annabelle! A bright pink T-shirt from Target made the perfect top. (Click here and here for more little girl’s T-shirt dress ideas.)
  • The zippered back of the sundress was perfect for the back of a pillow cover, and I added the pretty label and butterfly that I snipped from the inside neckline. The pillow front is a combination of dress fabric, T-shirt fabric, a vintage hanky, pale pink lace, and lime-green embroidery.
  • The bodice of the sundress is now a jewelry pouch! The ribbons form the casings, and the dress straps are the strings. The lining of the pouch is made from the dress lining for a soft, shiny finish.
  • With seven circles of fabric, three stacked buttons, and a bit more of the lace from the bottom of the sundress, I made a fabric flower to pin onto a jacket, hat, or headband.
  • A small rectangle of dress fabric and T-shirt fabric along with a bit of green dotted fabric and some buttons and ribbon were just the right ingredients for a Christmas mini-pillow ornament.
  • While pondering Kelly’s blog name, I thought of embroidering three C’s onto a bit of fabric and framing it. Suddenly I thought, “Hmm . . . if the Scrabble letter C is worth 3 points, I could use that instead.” I ran to look it up, and . . . it is! I KNOW Kelly didn’t choose “Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons” based on this fact . . . but I was excited! 🙂 After several experiments, I ended up with a collage of dress fabric, T-shirt fabric, lace, scrapbook paper, and a paper Scrabble tile in a hot pink frame. (The back of the frame is also magnetized for a frig or file cabinet.)
  • Finally, I was down to a small pile of random scraps. Not ready to give up quite yet, I decoupaged them onto a plastic bangle bracelet. 🙂

Done! Kelly . . . your package is in the mail!  ♥

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  1. I am speechless…and actually tearing up a bit. Katherine, you are amazing!! I cannot wait to get my package in the mail and see everything in person. You are so sweet that you thought to make Annabelle a dress!! I can’t wait to try it on her. And the framed scrabble “C”!! Amazing!! Thank you, thank you!! xo

    • You’re VERY welcome, Kelly! And thank you for letting me go ahead and post the photos because I couldn’t wait to show them to you!!! 🙂 I hope you enjoy your little gifts as much as I enjoyed making them. Warmly, Katherine

  2. Incredible! You are so clever with coming up with so many ways to use every bit of fabric from the sundress. Her daughter will love the dress that used to be her mom’s dress….too cute. Thanks for sharing! ~~~ Vickie

  3. So amazing! Some really cool and interesting things. It makes me even more excited to see what you have gotten up to with the jacket I sent. Madame, may I say, You are a SUPERSTAR! So creative and clever. 🙂

  4. You are amazing! I can’t believe you found so many ways to re-use one little dress. You are so very talented, sure wish it could rub off on me. Put me in front of a sewing machine and I will find a way to either make a mess of the fabric or break the machine. This was such a nice thing for you to do for Kelly and her daughter.

    • Thank you, Lois! 🙂 But you have SO many talents of your own! Once when I was lamenting a mess I made of cutting a fancy cake, my sister wisely said, “Stop it! You don’t HAVE to be good at EVERYTHING!!!” So now that’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it! 🙂

      • Your sister is so smart. She’s right. I know my limitations but I can be envious of those with talents I don’t have

  5. I love, love, love this idea! wonderful job and what makes it even better was the very obvious joy and love that went into the project. So inspiring!

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  7. I love, love, love what you’ve done. Kelly is one lucky lady. You’ve done remarkable things with just one dress. I’m going to pin this to my Pinterest “repurposed” board. Lots of great ideas.

    When I was a very young girl, and just learning to sew, I remember taking an old sock and making a dress, a hat and some shoes for my doll. It certainly wasn’t as artfully done as this, but your post brought it all back.

    • I LOVE that story! I never was very good at doll clothes . . . all those teeny-tiny seams. 🙂 And thank you for all the lovely compliments . . . truly it was so much fun! 🙂

  8. Seriously?? I think this is the greatest, and I mean greatest thing ever. How will you ever top this? Your talent is amazing.

    • Thank you! 🙂 It was fun to brainstorm the list, and even more fun to make everything! And some just evolved as I went along. 🙂

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