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! ♥
Thank you, Heidi! I had so much fun! 🙂
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
Wow! You’ve got skills, woman! This is so impressive; your creativity clearly knows no bounds.
You’re too sweet! 🙂 I just love the challenge of this fun activity . . . and it gives me a chance to try out some new sewing and craft ideas, too! 🙂 Thank you!!! 🙂
Yes! What she said.
My goodness, I had no idea you would come up with so many lovely things. Amazing!
Thank you! 🙂 You can tell that I had fun!!! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂 And I was so happy to see a dress with lots of pink since I DO love that color! 🙂
WOW! I can’t believe you did all of this in such a short amount of time! You’re amazing!
Thank you, Leah! 🙂 I had fun during the week planning everything in my mind and gathering supplies . . . then I had a fun Saturday making them! 🙂
So many wonderful things from a sundress. You amaze me!!!
Thank you, Beth! But I got my courage to cut up clothes from you! 🙂
Wow! What a bunch of great ideas!!!
THANK YOU!!! 🙂
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
Thank you, Vickie! 🙂
That is AWESOME! It’s so neat to see all the things you can make with ONE garment! Very impressive!
Thank you! It’s one of my most-fun projects! 🙂
Impressive. wonderful ideas.
Thank you, Gentle Stitches! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Amazing how many things you managed to make from a simple sundress! I congratulate you on your ingenuity! Kelly is a lucky lady! 🙂
Thank you! My grandmother (who taught me to sew) always inspired me with her ability to use little remnants for new things . . . now I know she was having fun, too! 🙂
Congratulations on one year of Blogging, that’s fantastic Katherine. I can’t even imagine how you got all of that out of one little sundress, Bravo.
Thank you, Boomdee! It has all been worth it because of all my wonderful new blogging friends . . . like you! 🙂
hehe 🙂 that’s so nice of you
You know something? You are amazing!!!!
You know something else? You’re a sweetie for giving me such a lovely compliment! 🙂
gobsmacked. incredible. WOW WOW WOW
I LOVE that word “gobsmacked”! People don’t use it much here, but I taught it to my second graders and they designed a hilarious vocabulary poster for it! 🙂 So THANK YOU for such a lovely compliment! 🙂
I remain gobsmacked when I think of the zillion uses you put that sundress to. I’d have managed a lampshade and left it at that!!! heh
Ooohhh . . . a lampshade . . . now why didn’t I think of that! 🙂
In my amazement my inner cockney came out.. Blinking heck I muttered in awe. truly inspired and amazing. What a great crafty tv slot this would be. Love it 🙂
Your comment made me laugh out loud!!! 🙂 THANK YOU!!! 🙂
Awesome! You would have had sooo much fun 🙂
I DID!!! 🙂 And you’re RELALY good at things like this . . . maybe you can have a try with something in your closet! 🙂
oh my word! I would never have though so much could come from a little sundress. you are rather talented my friend 😀 xXx
Thank you!!! It’s always fun to look at something in a new way and see what you can come up with! 🙂 Love all your projects, too! 🙂
That is absolutely amazing!!!
Thank you!!! Super fun!!! 🙂
Wow! So many amazing items from one dress! amazing!
Thank you!!! I love your projects, too! 🙂
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. 🙂
Thank you, Laura! That jacket is SO amazing . . . I’m loving playing with it! It will be fun to do that post, too!!! 🙂
It’ll be cool to get back from Spain and know there is a surprise coming. 😀
Check out today’s post . . . .couldn’t wait to share that jacket . . . and the great idea you gave me!!! 🙂
I’m on my way over to see what you are getting up to! 🙂
You are all that!…
Marilyn, you’re so sweet!!! 🙂
What a great idea! You made some great items, very talented! Cath
Thank you!!! I LOVED doing this project! 🙂
These are so incredible!! What a wonderful package that Kelly will be receiving!
Thank you for the lovely compliment! 🙂
Wow! How thoughtful and creative you are!!!
Thank you! What a sweet thing to say. 🙂
seeing this so wants me to learn how to sew .. have the machine so all I need is someone to show me how to tread it 🙂
Wish I lived nearby so I could sew with you! 🙂 But you’ll get it . . . good luck, and can’t wait to see your first project! 🙂
me neither will make sure to post something
Amazing job ~ I love all the pink! You are such an inspiration to me. 🙂
Thank you . . . but that feeling is definitely mutual!!! 🙂
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
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!
What a sweet thing to say! Thank you, Joyful Mama! 🙂
I love this! So clever, cant believe you made all of this from one dress 🙂
Thank you! So much fun!!! 🙂
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How absolutely creative! I am in awe! Thea
You’re a sweetie . . . thank you! 🙂
incredible, as always!
Thank you, Jennie! You’re so sweet to visit and compliment! 🙂
I love to reuse old clothing or other fabrics to create new treasures!! And your ideas are so great!!!
Thank you! I LOVE all the fun ideas on your blog, too! Keep up the great work! 🙂
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! 🙂
I can see the love in every piece and I know you’re having fun. I’m glad we all get to share in that joy.
This is too cute.. 😀
Thank you, Nadia! 🙂
Seriously?? I think this is the greatest, and I mean greatest thing ever. How will you ever top this? Your talent is amazing.
You’re too sweet. I just love the challenge! 🙂
Wow! Kelly is so lucky! Love all your creations! Amazing work and so inspiring! ~Vanessa
Thank you, Vanessa! I love all that pink!!! 🙂
Unbelievable, clever you!!! I never would have thought so many things could be made from the one garment.
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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Absolutely beautiful!!!! I’m sure Kelly will be more than thrilled with all that goodness 😉
Thank you, Josee!!! 🙂
This is simply amazing! I can’t believe you came up with so many wonderful ideas from a simple little summer dress. Very inspiring!
Thank you, sweet drama queen friend! It sure was fun! Now all I’m doing is working . . . I WANT TO SEW!!! 🙂
Wow, you’re so creative!
Thank you, Jessi! 🙂
I love the pillows, of course!
Thank you! I ALWAYS have to figure out a way to get a pillow from the project! 🙂
Amazing how many ideas can be generated by one sundress! I love all your ideas!
Thank you! I have a new “what can you make with a . . .” post coming up Saturday! 🙂
Looking forward to it! ; )
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Wow, you are amazing. That is SOME recycling! What brilliant inspiration.
Thank you! It was SO much fun! 🙂
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