Toddler dress turned momma apron (refashioning)

I was at the local thrift store a few days ago and saw the cutest toddler dresses (tags still on them) for major CHEAPO, we are talking 3 dresses for 50 cents! What a steal! Not able to pass them up I thought I could either give them to my nieces or save them til my girls got bigger. But when I got home and with further inspection I realized just how much fabric there was on that toddler dress. So I quickly realized that these would make the best aprons for… us mommas or really, any adult!

I really wish I would have taken before pictures but I didn’t. Both dresses were size 4 or 5 toddler. One buttoned up the front and one button up the back. I simply cut high on the waist, both dresses just happened to empire style dresses, so they had the high waist, giving them a longer apron. Then I just simply did what I did in this tutorial for the baby dress turned toddler apron here.

All I added was the red tie on the top for the waist and the bottom red ruffle. The toddler dress already had the layer of gingham and some ric rac. I think that is what I love most about this apron. It has a few different layers and little embroidered flowers on the gingham. I used white thread when top stitching on the red fabric and just love how it looks. This one is going to my sister in law that has a sage green and red kitchen. I even have enough scraps left over from the dress to make my niece a little matching apron.

Here is the other dress, turned momma apron… this momma’s apron, maybe? I’m having a hard time wanting to part with this one. I just LOVE it. I don’t know what it is about this one, I just wanna keep it for ME! On this apron all I did was make the tie on the top using 1 fat quarter. I didn’t add anything else, I just thought it was simply perfect as it was.

I still cannot believe how perfectly the tie and the dress match. You never would have known it was a dress to begin with.

So, is it bad if I keep it for myself? Would ya think any different of me?

So there you go another quick and easy gift. Or a great way to use up your little ones outgrown dresses.

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  1. Yes, it would be bad, so to alleviate you from some of the guilt, you can send the second one to me. That will help immensely.

    Plus I'll be stealing this idea in case I find any adorable toddler dresses just hanging around. Thanks!

  2. Keep it Keep it Keep it!!!!!!! Lovely.

  3. Madigan at madiganmade says:

    These are darling! Too cute.

  4. I love it! I often see toddler clothes made out of adult stuff, but an apron upcycled from a toddler dress is a really great idea. I featured you today on my favorite things :)

  5. Cierra Larsen says:

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  6. Keep it, you deserve it!! So cute!

  7. wow simply superb…im gonna try it 4r sure…chooo chweet :-)

  8. simply superb…cho chweet creativity…

  9. Admitted Fabricaholic says:

    Ohhhhh…keep it! I would have a hard time parting with it too :)

    Great job!

  10. How adorable! Such a great idea. I'll be adding this to my "ideas to try" file.

    Mind if I ask where you purchased your little labels from? I've been looking for some lately and yours look really well done. Thanks!

  11. Inspired by you says:

    Too cute! Great job!

  12. Love this! What a great idea! Soon enough she'll be taking your clothes so I say you're totally fine to keep it for yourself! Love the Meadowseet fabric you used too :) It's one of my favorites right now. Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! The party will be open until Friday if you want to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a great day!

  13. luvinthemommyhood says:

    Great idea and you did such a pretty job! so talented you are my dear. I'll be over for coffee :) Luvs.

  14. Genius! I see the cutest little girl dresses all the time, but since I only have boys I always pass them up…now I know how to use them to make something fun for ME! (oh, and TOTALLY keep it!) 😉

  15. Absolutely adorable. I want one!!

  16. I do not judge….I would totally keep it for myself! They are both adorable!!!

  17. Naturally Carol says:

    I love this idea! The fabrics are beautiful. You are very creative to do this. I don't think it is terrible to keep that one, it is so georgeous I don't think I could let go of it either!

  18. Humble Bee says:

    Christina this is Brilliant with a capital B! I can certainly see why you have received so many comments. Wonderfully done! Maybe you should host an apron swap someday…

  19. That MoM....Those KidS says:

    seriously!! This post just opened up a whole new world of shopping for myself!! I always look at the adorable fabric on little girl dresses wishing I could have an excuse to buy them. WooHoo!!! I feel the need to hit the thrift store tomorrow 😉 excellent idea!!

  20. Love this and It would be great if you would link it over at my Upcycled/repurposed/ recycleable linky party:

  21. wow, what a great idea!

  22. I featured you today! Happy Holidays!


  23. ShannonSews says:

    I LOVE your idea! It turned out so cute. I never would have known that it had been a dress in its former life. Genious!

  24. A Jennuine Life says:

    Very cute! I've downcycled from myself to my toddler, but never the other way! Very imaginative!

  25. love this idea! can't wait to go thru my daughters old dresses and hit the thrift stores!!!

  26. Cute, cute, cute! I love this idea!

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  29. I couldn’t resist commenting. Verry well written!


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