Recycled Bed Sheet Dresses

Months ago I found a pretty set of sheets for a price so low, I had to bring them home. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. The fabric was soft, the pattern just right, however the bottom sheet would not stay on the bed.

As Earth Day approached I found inspiration for my little problem in the The Sound of Music  If Maria could make the children play clothes out of old curtains, I would make summer dresses from useless bed sheets.

Turn old bed sheets into summer dresses.

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Thanks to a couple of easy to follow tutorial from Jacks & Kate I turned super soft bed sheets into pretty summer dresses for my girls.  Krisha, the creative force behind Jacks & Kate uses fun letter and number appliques to embellish her projects. The templates I used here are in truth my cookie cutters.

I use spring cookie cutters for my applique template.

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My one mis-step on this project was that I cut the skirt for the pink dress too short. 2 year old Grace’s waist is much narrower than her 5 year old sister’s but the width of the material stayed the same for each skirt. Translation: A fuller skirt needs extra length.

As I mentioned, I originally purchased these sheets for me to sleep on. If they won’t fit the bed, maybe they would fit me?

Plenty of sheet left over for a summer night gown for me too.

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While I was searching for lace in my ribbon box. My girls were having their own look at what treasure might lie within. They found a long length of discarded pink bias tape and suggested I use it on my night gown.

It was a great idea. In the first place because it is an easy way to make a hem. In the second place I think the splash of color makes the night gown look fresh and springy. I’d like to think the recently departed Lilly Pulitzer is smiling at their creativity.

So many pillow cases...  so many posibilities

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I asked the girls and my husband to strip their beds before we headed off to the park. Each one in turn stopped and carefully asked, “What are you going to do with my sheets?”

We’ll see my dears. We will see.



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  2. They look great, I just don’t have the patience or the ability to pull off something like that. I would however hire you to do it for me! 😉
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  3. How creative are you??!! Wow, it would never even cross my mind that you could do that….so many sheets I have thrown away for that reason. Although they weren’t near as pretty as these. Thanks for the inspiration to be crafty!! 🙂
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