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Clumsy Crafter: Bluebonnets

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Some of you have already seen these pictures but we're leaving to go out of town tomorrow (again) so I am really too busy to take pictures of the project that I am currently working on. I was only home for Mon, Tues, and today and have completed a ton of major tasks this week including setting some appointments, interviewing concrete contractors, signing the girls up for swim lessons, etc.... I am tired.

I knew I really wanted to take the princesses pictures in the bluebonnets that pepper the highways of south texas this time of year. I also knew that I wanted the girls to all be wearing matching white dresses but I didn't want to spend a lot of money to do so and I really didn't have time to make a complicated dress pattern. The simplest thing to do was to make white pillowcase (also known as bandana) dresses. I used white broadcloth that was on sale for .99 cents a yard and then used crocheted trim (store bought, not made) around the bottom hem to fancy it up a bit. The dresses turned out really really cute. I used a different color ribbon for each girl. The sewing technique would make any seamstress scream but I was working as quickly as I could so I cut a lot of corners. I have the dresses put up to use again for another photo opp. so no one will ever see the messy seams. The total for all three dresses was only about $8. Not bad huh?

I think the pictures turned out great even though Princess Goofy was refusing to smile and Princess Newbie was teething and extremely moody. The bluebonnets were beautiful and such a great lesson for the girls in Texas pride, not that anyone from Texas would ever need more pride...

Here is a link to a tutorial for bandana dresses. You could easily use the white bandana's or just cut broadcloth down to the same size.

I told you Princess Newbie was moody. Do you believe me now?

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