Tot Tuesday: Repurposing an oldie to make something new!!!

When I first started sewing, I made a ton of mistakes. Well now, who am I kidding…I still make a ton of mistakes, I just know how to fix them now (most of them).
A few years back, my mother in law bought my nephews a play kitchen for Christmas. The boys have grown out of it, so she got it back to give it to my kids…specifically my daughter who already thinks she’s a little domestic diva.
Please PLEASE excuse my messy messy house…I mean it’s always kind of messy but this was special circumstances because we hadn’t even been home a full 24 hours by this point…but this was her reaction to the kitchen:

She loved it! They had just woken up from nap and my son isn’t such a great waker upper, so unfortunately he didn’t really start to enjoy the kitchen until later.

Of course, the moment I saw her playing with the kitchen…I just knew she needed an apron. And fast. (Do I have an apron? No…but I probably should)

So I ran into my room where my sewing stuff is and  I grabbed the first thing I saw in the scrap box. A dress I made pretty early on that I had really messed up.

Pretty dress
Unfortunately it’s messed up

I split the dress at the side seams and decided to use the side without the error.

This dress had elastic straps, so I decided making it into a halter would be easier. I didn’t even waste time switching thread, I was in such a hurry for her to have her new apron (and yet I took pictures? hmmm)

I cut each strap as close as I could to the “bad” side of the dress
and carefully sewed the velcro together and than the fabric on top

I serged the sides and folded them over and topstiched so it would make a neat looking seam. I grabbed some light pink ribbon and sewed it centered across the bodice of the dress for the tying straps:

serged edges and than folded under to make neat seam on either side of dress

She loves it!!! Because the dress was originally made for her, it fits her perfectly and made use out of something that was destined for the garbage can anyway.

Repurposing old or unwanted clothing can save a ton of money.

I turned an old shirt of my husbands into an adorable dress for my daughter, just by using an existing dress pattern I owned and positioning it centered over the buttons.

Before you throw something out, think about if it can be used in a different way!

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Heather is the creator and owner of Family Friendly Frugality. She calls Texas home and is married to her best friend. With 2 children 22 months apart, she has her hands full. So full that she decided to start blogging as a hobby. That hobby blew up into a full time job. Now she's got the husband, the kids and the blog. We're not exactly sure what she was thinking, but she's too busy for us to ask. Find Me On Google +

6 thoughts on “Tot Tuesday: Repurposing an oldie to make something new!!!”

  1. I'm glad you like it katie! Can you believe we finally have a play kitchen? After how long I've been talking about it! haah!

  2. I love your post!!! What a great way to turn something old into something new….I especially love the shirt dress…how genius! Your daughter is absolutely adorable.

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