Transform stained/holey clothes to wearable status again!

Do you have meltdowns at your house? Well, we do too.  Our last one was a doozy.  We were headed to a party and Maisy wanted to wear a dress with a large stain and a hole.  Not letting her wear this dress led to an hour of crying and two more hours of a nasty attitude.  Geez, almost 5 year olds can lay on the attitude!  After offering other options, and promising to “fix” her dress we finally got out the door.

I’m now going through all of Maisy’s clothes as she’s about to start Kindergarten in the fall and ratty old clothes aren’t!  The problem is that she LOVES her clothes (which is why they are still in rotation at all) and it kills her to let any of them go, so I’m doing my best to stain-remove, stain hide and hole mend.

Sad Maisy with stained dress.

Sad Maisy with stained dress.

Old shirt, stained/holey dresses, iron on tape and broken necklace beads.

Old shirt, stained/holey dresses, iron on tape and broken necklace beads.

hole!

hole!

To accomplish this, I took three old things (dress, broken necklace, old stained shirt), sewed them together and made a wearable dress.  I’m not great at sewing yet since my introduction class in April, but I’m working on it.  

I cut out a heart shape in the old shirt, used iron on tape to secure it over the stain on the dress, then zig zag sewed the edges of the heart.  I messed up a bit on one corner of the heart, so I just sewed a heart bead on it :-)

To fix the tiny holes our puppy, Mina, put in clothes, I sewed on heart shaped beads from broken necklaces.  It covers the hole perfectly and adds a little pizazz.

 

All fixed up!

All fixed up!

Yay, for wearing her favorite dress again!

Yay, for wearing her favorite dress again!

See?  Now, everyone is happy!

Do you have any tips/tricks for keeping older clothes looking fantastic? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear about it. I’m going through the rest of her drawers soon and may need some more ideas!

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.