5 minute diy: patriotic baby dress.

Friday, June 26, 2015

I don't know about you guys, but all I have time for these days is 5 minute DIYs.  Plus, living in our tiny apartment, I don't have the luxury of making my craft room a total disaster and then shutting the door.  Because I don't have a craft room.  I have exactly one 12" x 12" bin of craft supplies and our little dining table to work with, so I have to get a project done in one sitting.  Because eventually we'll have to eat a meal and S1 might be annoyed if he gets glitter in his food.

Anyway, I love the 4th of July.  When all the stores start putting 4th of July things out, I just want to buy it.  All.  Every.single.thing.  Especially if it's baby clothes.  A frilly red, white & blue tutu?  Yes, please!

S2 already has numerous options to wear for our nation's Independence Day, but I wanted to make her a little something.  I went into Hobby Lobby with a different project in mind, but when I wandered down the DIY t-shirt aisle (you know the one… with the iron-on letters, patches, and tie dye), this cute little number was born.

If you own an iron, have 5 minutes and $10 to spare, then you can totally do this.

As I mentioned, all of these supplies were purchased at Hobby Lobby, so if you have one near you, you're in luck!  If not, I'm sure your local craft store or craft section of Walmart has something similar.

Camo print dress (consider buying a size larger, and wash and dry it first because it WILL shrink)
Iron-on USA patch (bonus points if it has a cute little heart to go over your hometown)
Red grosgrain ribbon
(Don't forget to download the Hobby Lobby app and use the 40% off coupon on one of the items.)
I spent $10.94 after discounts and tax.

(1) Wash and dry your dress.  Give it a quick iron and position the patch in the center of the chest.

(2) Follow the directions on the packaging to iron the patch to the garment.

(3) For added flair, tie a couple of red ribbons to the shoulders.

That's it.  And look how cute!!

Tip: Before laundering, remove the ribbons.  The care instructions on the appliqué I used suggested hand washing and drying flat.  Considering how much she will probably wear this, I'm okay with that.  If you're hoping to get more than a couple wears out of it, I would sew around the appliqué and then you'll be good to go.

Add a cute baby, and voila!

She dropped her chalk and was saying "uh oh!"  Cutest thing ever.

Our girl is full of expressions. She cracks me up.

Oh yeah, and she knows how to write her name already.


Or maybe her daddy helped her out a little on that one. ;)

I'm thinking this 5 minute DIY thing might become a series here.  What do you think?

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