Monday, July 7, 2014

$1.00 Upcycle and Headband Tute

This was a guest post at The Enchanting Rose last month.  Thank you, Stephanie, for inviting me!  I was so excited to be there!
Hello!  My name is Marci.  We live in an old rock farmhouse built in the Ozark Mountains around 1935. There are two greenhouses, a vegetable garden, herbs, several flower beds, lots of hobbies and too many pets. Thankfully, our neighbors love us! They say it is like living next door to Old MacDonald and Martha Stewart!  My blog is Stone Cottage Adventures .  Will you please stop by and visit us?
 This adorable two year old is Lil Fashionista!  She loves getting dressed up and I love sewing for her.  Below are easy directions to create the braided headband she is modeling.  It's just enough to keep the wispy curls out of her eyes!

Today's project begins with a total score from a garage sale!  We found this size 6X dress for only $1.00!  The pink, green and brown fabric is vibrant and fun!  With all the elastic shirring at the top of the dress, I took a chance on the fit and laid down my dollar!  ;-)
It's the beginning of summer so the sleeves were cut shorter and given a quick zigzag finish.  This medium weight knit really doesn't need much of a hem.  The fabric from the sleeves was used to make the headband.
One sleeve was cut into 3 strips of 2 inches by 10 inches.  The other sleeve was cut into 1 strip of 3 inches by 10 inches. 

The 3 narrow strips were rolled loosely and stitched together on one end and braided.  The other end was sewn just enough to hold the braid together.

The wider strip was then wrapped around the very tips of the braid and stitched in place. 
Lil Fashionista loves how soft it is!
Thanks to a great yard sale find, she now has a darling little dress and headband for all kinds of adventures with her favorite Chihuahua, Abigail!  I have lots of scraps left from T-Shirt Makeovers, maybe I can make a headband for me, too!
;-)  -Marci


  1. This is such a fabulous headband, Marci :) And like I said when it was on my blog, I love that you made it out of the sleeves - you are so clever :)

    Happy Monday to you. Hugs!

  2. Cute headband! Sweet Abigail- precious Lil' gal!!

  3. Such a sweet little girl!! I think she likes your adorable headband, and the fact that you made it out of sleeves is very creative and resourceful. Your neighbors are right ;)

  4. So adorable, Miz Fashionista , Abigail and this sweet dress and matching headband. You sew amazing!

  5. Wow! What a bargain! And so cute too! We have peacocks that scream at night.. not so sure the neighbors love us ;)

  6. Oh my goodness she is the cutest model ever!

  7. she is so adorable! I love the dress and headband redo :)

  8. She is beautiful and you have are a lady of many talents. Love the stuff you present.

    Thank you Marci

  9. What a darling dress and headband, love the colors!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  10. Hi Marci! Lovely dress and headband!!! Sweet girl and gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have an awesome week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  11. So cute to have matching dress and headband all for next to nothing. Great going, Marci. The plaiting (braiding) is perfect for a headband.


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