WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Green Felt
- Brown Felt Sheet
- Sharp Scissors
- Fabric Glue
- Needle and thread
- Pen or Pencil
- Measuring tape or ruler
- T-shirt or dress [from your child]
- Blue Leggings
- Plastic bones [Party City]
STEP ONE: Trace Outline
First, I laid the felt down folded in half. This way I would have a front and back outline after cutting. I then took one of my toddler’s dresses and laid it on top off the felt. You can pick whatever style you like but I prefer something that is A-line. You can go with sleeves or sleeveless. I chose to fold the sleeves in and make it sleeveless because it’s much easier to sew that way.
Using a black pen, I traced an outline of the dress onto the felt.
Tip – Place a dot at the bottom of the sleeve so you know where the arm opening should be.
STEP TWO: Cut
Using sharp scissors, cut the traced outline. Make sure you are holding both sides together to ensure two same sized pieces.
STEP THREE: Glue or Sew
I initially glued the seams together, leaving holes for the arm opening. What I later discovered after letting it dry for about two hours is that it wasn’t a great hold. Since felt is pretty stiff, there was a little bit of stretching when trying to put the dress on. My advice is to stitch the sides or try a different glue than the one shown in the photo below.
I grabbed a needle and black thread to stitch the seams. You honestly don’t have to worry about the color because when you turn it right side in, the thread won’t show.
Since I started by gluing the seams I had a guide for where the arm opening should be.
STEP FOUR: Cut Bottom of Dress
This step is quite easy. All you have to do is cut triangles on the bottom of the dress.
STEP FIVE: Dress Decals
Cutting the Decals
I used one sheet of brown felt to make the decals. I cut about 20 triangles to place on the front and back of the dress. I started off by using a two-inch strip and folding it in half. I then cut out as many triangles as possible. After I was done with that strip, I laid them down on the remaining brown felt and cut some more.
Applying the Decals
Beginning with one side, I arranged the felt decals on the dress. I spaced them out randomly until it had my desired look. This is the part where the glue came in handy versus sewing.
I tried my best not to lift the entire decal when gluing because I didn’t want to mess up placement. So I flipped one side up to apply glue (I forgot to take a picture but it would look like you are folding the triangle in half.) Then I did the same thing to the other half. It’s probably a little hard to imagine without a photo so do what works best for you.
Lastly, you flip the dress over and repeat these steps.
FINAL STEP: Enjoy Your Masterpiece
I love how everything turned out and the best part was it cost me less than $10!!! Luckily, my daughter already owned a pair of blue leggings but I am sure a cheap pair can be found anywhere.
My hubby and I won’t be dressing up as a family this year but I am hoping to get him in on the fun next time. See pics of my little one below and don’t forget to put a couple of bones in her ponytail.