Tot Tuesday is a weekly feature where I highlight a special kids activity, frugal recipe for kids, kids tutorial, etc.
Many of you know that I am the section editor for the What to Buy section on the popular site Momtastic. I link to my articles on Momtastic all the time, but I’m not sure how many of you have really ventured throughout the site. There are some really great articles on Momtastic, and some great DIY and tutorials as well.
Last week, I noticed this adorable St. Patty’s Bandana dress and I knew I definitely wanted to try out a dress in this style.
The dress called for a technique known as “shirring”, which I’ve never been successful with in the past.
I was at Hobby Lobby earlier though and some $.99 bandanas were calling my name in the checkout line!
So I brought them home and washed them and tried to tackle this dress during naptime!
It was about this point that my sewing machine decided that it no longer wanted to cooperate with me any longer. The next, oh 18 rows, were NOT fun…but I got the job done (anyone want to buy me a new sewing machine though?)!
As you can tell, Lizzie can make anything look good! I’m still pretty proud of this dress. Although, I might want a new machine before I ever try shirring again!
See the complete instructions on Momtastic: DIY: St Patty’s Bandana Dress
Do you have any tips or tricks to help with shirring? Do you think you’ll try this dress? I bet with a more capable machine, I could easily make one of these for every occasion!
12 thoughts on “Tot Tuesday: Make Your Own Frugal Bandana Dress”
How cute is that!? Lizzie is such a great little model too. 🙂
Thanks Katie. She is such a great model. The very next picture on my calendar is Noah jumping in front of her shirtless, LOL
I love that! She is the cutest.
THAT is adorable! Great job! I’m gonna share with my sister and see if I can get her to make me one LOL I do NOT sew lol
Such a cute idea! I would just use some elastic instead of trying to shirr, I find it easier and the dress could last last to tunic and maybe top depending on how your kiddo grows. Can’t wait to share this idea!
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Hmm, I didn’t think about that. Maybe just some elastic up top and then close to her waist? That would be cute!
I made this for my 3 year old tonight and loved it! She informed me last night she wanted me to make a blue dress and I thought of this tute. She picked out her bandanas and watched every step of the way! As far as shirring goes, I gave it a go after many failed attempts! I’ve been scouring online how to’s and everyone kept saying it was so easy, but not for me! I finally discovered my problem was the design of my machine. I use a Brother with a drop in bobbin. I found some how to’s by searching “shirring with a brother” and found a fix it method that made it work for me. I had to adjust the bobbin tension manually. I wish I saved the links, I’d share if I did, but perhaps this is also why you are having problems? Thanks for the great tutorial, my daughter loves her dress.
I’m so glad she loves it!!! That’s awesome. My machine isn’t a brother, but I didn’t think to google my actual machine name and problems with shirring. Will definitely do that now!
This is really cute! I bet you could put buttons on the dress & add button holes to the straps to make it more versatile.
I actually almost did that to a similar outfit I made the other day!
Artlices like this make life so much simpler.