I used to be a nanny to two very sweet little girls, Ava Grace, who just turned 5 and Ella Shea, just turned 4, who also happens to be my Goddaughter. Yes, they are 12 months apart in age! It was HARD WORK, but oh, so fun.
I needed to whip them up something for their birthdays, so I poked around in my fabric stash and old clothing pile to see what I could come up with. I picked this drawstring skirt and dress to turn into pillow cases dresses. Then I rummaged around in my ribbon bin and found coordinating ribbon. I also had two hair pins and two buttons in my button cover pack to make them matching hair pins. I wrapped in them saved tissue and present bags that I had on hand. Not ONE thing was new, but the everything turned out beautiful!
I just cut off the tops of the dress and skirt and it left me the shape of a pillow case. Here is a great tuturiol on how to make pillow cases from fabric. Here and here are a couple examples of pillow case dresses I have done in the past. They are so stinkin easy, once you get the hang of it.
And here is a pic of the hair pins. Pretty cute, right? I am so impressed with myself that I made them something handmade and from my heart AND I didn’t make one trip to the fabric/craft store to do it!
What do you have laying around that you can turn into something else? I am about to cut up an old white, eyelet cotton shower curtain!