Newborn dress turned toddler apron (refashioning tutorial)

Do you have a ton of newborn baby dresses like me and don’t know what to do with them? Why not do what I did, and turn them into a toddler apron.

Just the other day I was going through my kids drawers and I came across this dress that was a hand-me-down from a friend of mine. I always love getting hand-me-downs and especially from her. I am always guaranteed to get at least a few things from Zutano, and I just love their clothing! This dress was one of my favorites from her. So when I was getting ready to pack it away I decided to use it and make her a little thank you gift instead.

So this is what I started with, a 0-6 month dress from Zutano.

I cut off the sleeves and cut the dress just above the waist. I wanted to keep the gathering that was already there.

I saved the sleeves. There is actually a bit of material there and I’m sure I can make something else with them.

Here is the bottom half of the dress. Luckily, it was a button down dress so I didn’t have to finish off any of the ends or side seams and I kept the buttons and button holes as they were.

I made a waste band/ tie by making a large bias strip. I cut mine about 44″ X 4″. Folded it like above and ironed it.

I made the ends of the tie pointed.

Then I gathered the skirt a little more by sewing on a stitch length of 4 and pulling one thread until bunched.

I pinned the middle of the tie to the middle of the of dress by opening the bias strip 1/2 way and tucking the dress in.

I started sewing at one end and sewed around the whole tie while attaching it to the skirt.

I added a little pocket.

And that was it, a baby dress turned toddler apron!

It was so quick and easy. Just think how sweet your little one is going to look playing in an apron that used to be one of her baby dresses.

I love these little drawstring bags I have been making for my etsy shop. Doesn’t this make the cutest little thank you gift?

Now I can’t wait to see what else I have for dresses so I can turn them into aprons. I can see some great Christmas gifts in the future.

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  1. Great idea, you make my inspiration flow:)

  2. Sew Stella says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it~!!! These craft sites are turning me into a HOARDER!!! I now save almost all our clothes to turn them into something else! Wait till you see what I am attempting to do with an old cloth diaper… coming soon!!!

  3. Brook Holden says:

    OMG!!! That is such a good idea! I would have never thought of that! I have this cute little velour xmas dress my daughter wore way back when! Haven't found anyone to hand it down to. I'm thinking about using that to xmas apron for my daughter!!!

  4. That turned out super cute! :)

  5. The Edwards Family says:

    What a great idea, I love it!!! Thanks for sharing:)

  6. Pamela Michelle says:

    New follower via WGW! LOVE this!!

  7. Absolutely love it! Wonderful job on the apron, love the fabric choice for ties and pocket. You are awesome!!!

    New follower. Found you from Whimsy Couture. Please come check out LBT when you get a chance and maybe follow me back. I'm kinda new to the blog world and would love some new creative friends. Thx!!!


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  9. •*¨*•¸¸.♥ Sweet Tresa ♥¸¸.•*¨*• says:

    love this tutorial, am going sew this, so lovely & sweet and thanks for sharing your tutorial .. happy sunday!

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    very very cute!
    New follower :)

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