Saturday, June 12, 2010

Turn a Bubble Dress Into a Book Bag

Bubble Dress to Book Bag

It doesn't get any easier (or cuter!) than this!  All you have to do is start with a bubble dress.  The one I used is perfect because it has a nice wide elastic waistband and the skirt is fully lined.  That means when you're finished, your book bag will have a secure opening and the inside will be fully lined, too.  Because you're using a bubble dress, the top and bottom of the bag are already nicely ruffled.

All you have to do is remove the top part of the dress from the waistband.  I added a wide strip of canvas ribbon for the handle.  The handle is the only part of the book bag that wasn't made from the dress.

I covered the top of the bubble dress with iron-on vinyl to keep the sides from fraying.  I used a Sizzix die to create the flower shapes.  You can use whatever shape you want, but just make sure that you carefully place the fabric on the die so you can maximize the number of pieces you can cut.  I removed the stitching from the black trim on the bubble dress neckline and flattened it out to make the centers for the flowers.  I added some large white grommets to the waistband for a nice extra touch of color. 

No kid likes summer homework, but it's a lot more fun to tackle when she can tote her books around in this awesome bubble dress book bag!  Or, use it as a beach bag or summer sleepover bag.  If you want a small bag, use an infant-sized bubble dress.  If you need a REALLY big bag, use a really big bubble dress!  Have fun!

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