Tutorial: Painted Dresses

I saw this neat idea for painting fabric over at The Girl Creative. So I decided to try it out with the naughties a couple weeks ago. I cut out some dresses but before I sewed them up I had the girls paint the fabric.

I wasn’t sure how this would work out so I just used the colors I had on hand (Gryffindor colors anyone?). But fabric paint is pretty cheap and you only need a little for this so if I decide to brave it again I’d probably buy pinks and purples and blue yeah that would be fun.

All I did was use tulip soft fabric paint diluted with water so it was kind of the consistency of water color paint. I’m really glad they were nakes because even then L somehow got paint on her panties (did she sit on the brush?) and T managed to flick paint all up her legs and on my porch -even though the paint was on the grass when they were allowed near it. Umm yeah.

It was cool and the girls were really proud of their dresses so I think it was worth the headache of having little ones paint.

It was interesting because the paint kind of bled on the yellow fabric but on the white fabric it held it’s shape a lot better. Fabric paint comes in so many colors and really anything you can sew can use custom fabric and I bet older kids could even paint some cool images.

Fun activity to do with the kids. Painted fabric or clothes! Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

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  1. What a cool idea! The dresses came out so cute!

  2. I LOVE this idea… I think I might do it this weekend. One question ~ what pattern did you use? I love it! I am kind of guessing you are amazing and just created it, but if it came from a pattern, or tutorial, will you share? :) THANK YOU!

  3. For L’s dress, I mean. The other is a pillow case dress, right?

  4. Ashley yeah I kind of made up that dress design of L’s but you could use any basic pattern for a peasant dress it’s pretty similar

  5. super cute! I may have to try this with Ingrid.

  6. Such a fun idea! I’m sure they’re wearing them proudly an telling everyone they made them.

  7. how fun! I love messy crafts. I had no idea you could do this! Thanks for the tutorial. I started a link party at my blog and I’d love for you to link this up. If you’re interested it’s http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/ Have a lovely day, Maria

  8. How fun! They turned out so cute! I found your cute blog on the {Wow Me} Wednesday link party at Gingersnap crafts.

  9. how cute love the idea of painted dresses

  10. This is awesome.. SO CUTE!! I LOVE IT…Found ya on hop and officially following ya with smiles..Hope you get a sec to stop in & say hello..:)) I have a fall inspired blog party going on and would LOVE for you to link this awesome piece to it today ) TY http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-crawl-day-5-blog-party.html

  11. These cute dresses make me wish I had a little girl to do one for!! Stopping by from the Lovely Crafty Weekend party!

  12. What a great idea! I would love for you to link up to my new linky party –

    Creative Genius @ http://www.thecreativepaige.com

  13. what a wonderful idea! great to do with kids! thanks for sharing!


  14. That is such a cute idea! I will have to try that out!!

  15. Looks so fun and they came out great!

  16. These turned out great. I have never painted fabric like this, will have to try it. Thanks for sharing at Bacon time.

  17. Hi Marissa!
    What amazing dresses!! Painting the fabric is such a COOL idea!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing your adorable dresses at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  18. This is a great idea! We loved it so much we are going to feature it over on our blog tomorrow! Stop by and check it out.

  19. Very cute, now my girls want to do it:D I have paint but not sure I have enough what fabric, will have to go digging, but if nothing else they can make a dress for the baby:D

  20. Thank you so very much for joining the T’ Time Link Party last week! I really love to see all the wonderful ideas. Link parties are also a great way to get your blog out there for others to see. Hope to see you today! Maria Raising4Princesses

  21. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Summer Inspiration Link Party!

  22. Hi there colleagues, nice post and good arguments commented at this place, I am genuinely enjoying by these.

  23. Such a super fun idea, I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.

  24. What a fun DIY project! I can’t think of a little girl who wouldn’t absolutely love doing this! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!


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