Saturday, June 18, 2011

Recycling: One Stained dress - two projects

If you read my blog you know that I love to recycle my daughter's clothes.
It is a great way to turn something old into something new, cute and useful. Even better if you can turn it into two brand new projects.
Here is the dress. The before picture that I remembered to take this time.

It was a cute dress that got ruined when I washed it together with a black velvet blouse. The pink parts got all stained...completely ruined, what a shame!
I put it away to think of what to do with it. The embroidered parts were still perfect.

I had almost forgot the little dress, when one day looking in one of my several plastic storage containers I found it and had not one, but two ideas.
First I cut out all the embroidered parts. I went and got my pink chenille scraps and some pink corduroy. I sewed  chenille borders on the two parts with gray background and made a corduroy back. Pink pom-pom trim was used all around the pillow.
Now, the project using the picture with black background. I don't have any during picture.
It's a simple tote bag  - little girl size.
Again, I used corduroy and chenille. These two projects were given to my daughter with her other birthday gifts this week. Brenda will use this tote bag to take her scriptures to church. Not bad for an old stained dress, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by!
Ana Paula.


  1. I love seeing the creative things you manage to make out of old pieces, Ana Paula! I'm sure Miss Brenda loves her new pillow--that chenille would be so cozy to lay her head against. And her one-of-a-kind tote bag is darling, too. Beautiful work as always :)

  2. Oh my! These are so cute. Love those little embroidered girls you put on the dress, purse, and pillow. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  3. what a perfect idea! very creative and useful!

  4. Oh my gosh! The dress was adorable to begin with.. but it is perfect pillow and purse! Love them both.. what a great way to recycle.. Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @

  5. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing with my Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!

  6. Anna, i am so jealous of your talents! Daisy LOVES the no boys allowed sign you made and is asking me to make her one! haha we miss you guys!