No one wants to get pinched on St. Patrick's Day for not wearing green, right? But what's a girl to do if she never wears green? The only green thing my daughter had to wear last year was a pair of green rubber boots. Problem was, the kids weren't allowed to wear shoes in the classroom, so my daughter literally had nothing green to wear to school. I didn't really want to spend a lot on a green outfit that she'd likely never wear again, so what now? Mmmm....you guessed it...hit the thrift store and pop some tags! (Like how I slipped in that Macklemore reference? I featured him on my blog months ago you know...before he blew up...just sayin'. Lucky you read this blog, so you can keep up on this stuff.)
So, back to the project. Here's what I did. This is so stinkin' easy you can practically finish it while your child eats breakfast. And the whole project only cost a couple bucks. At the thrift store, I found this cute green halter/tube top that was long enough to be a dress on my daughter....all it needed were some straps to keep it up. To make the straps, I used an old ribbon belt...circa 1993 and sourced from my closet, cause I'm THAT fashionable.
To figure out the length of the straps, I had my daughter try the top on while I held the ribbon over her shoulder and cut it. Then I pinned the pieces in place while she stood there, so I could get the length and placement right on both sides. When she took it off, I stitched the ribbons in place. Voila!
And here's the bonus...I had plenty of ribbon left, so I was able to make a matching headband.
I just slid the open end over an old headband and cut it off, leaving about 1/2 extra ribbon on each end. Last step was to hot glue the edges down and add a flower.
That little green dress saw way more action after St. Patty's Day than I thought it would, but eventually met it's doom later that summer when it became a fierce scarecrow for our garden...LOL. (The best part was watching the balloon head slowly shrink and the features become more and more creepy.) Eventually, some animal had enough and tore that scarecrow to bits.
So, that's how you put your goofy old ribbon belts to use, set your kid up for St. Patrick's Day and ensure a top-notch wardrobe for your scarecrow. You got a little more out of this post than you were expecting, didn't ya? That's ok, you don't have to thank me. It's how I am. I'm a giver. ;)
Come back again soon...I have two more cute St. Patty's projects to share...a fun Bento lunch and a Leprechaun hat headband. I'd be honored if you'd like to follow along, so feel free to join me at any of the links below. Thanks for stopping by! XOXO, Cindi