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« on: October 04, 2008 06:31:09 PM »

So I went to the Giant Eagle with the basic concept of this skirt in mind, fully intending to disregard the wisdom of, oh, the entire internets and attempt to dye a cotton laundry bag with Koolaid. Luckily, in the laundry section my attention strayed to...ironing board covers. Blue, cheap, and Omg Sparkly! Score. Overall, I spent darn near $15 bucks.
2 ironing board covers at $4.50: $9
2 containers of sprinkles/sugar at $1.99: $3.98
1 bag of candy necklaces: $1.79

To make the skirt, I ripped out the seam connecting the elastic to the actual cover:

And of course, removed the foam pad inside. Tada, sparkly blue fabric pieces:

To construct the skirt itself, I sewed the two ironing board covers together end to end, cut a piece off of the top lengthwise to make a waistband,  andchopped off the pointy bits at the end of each piece. Then I gathered the resulting rectangular piece, put on the waistband, and sewed up the side. Just a basic gathered skirt, really.

Then the fun part. I laid stencils on the skirt, spread fabric glue on, and sprinkled on the sprinkles!

I then made a straight freehand line with the glue and added the pink sugar. The result:

I also dipped the button in glue and sprinkles (yes, the zipper is visible on purpose!):


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But what to do with the leftover scraps of fabric and the candy necklaces I didn't use? Accessories, of course! A slouchy little purse with a giant freaking bow:

And candy beads strung onto memory wire, with the ends glued:

The whole thing:

Thanks for looking...the skirt is actually one of my favorite things that I've made, ever. I need to figure out how to best seal the sprinkles so I can wear it out at least once.

« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2008 07:08:31 PM »

How fun!  I don't have any suggestions on how to seal it, but I hope you figure something out because it's so cute and you HAVE to be able to wear it out!

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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2008 07:13:20 PM »

Wow. That is so, so cute. Maybe you could put a coat of superglue over the sprinkles? I think you'd even be able to wash it and wear it multiple times that way. ^.^
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2008 07:14:59 PM »

Very cute.  If I hadn't seen the process, I would never have thought you bought the supplies at a grocery store!!!  Good work!!!


« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2008 08:47:22 PM »

What about an acrylic sealer.. or an indoor/outdoor type thing... maybe poly? modpodge?

Very cute btw!
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2008 09:21:44 PM »

What about an acrylic sealer.. or an indoor/outdoor type thing... maybe poly? modpodge?

Very cute btw!

I would have to agree... Something like polyurethane or maybe even resin...
Anyway, it is very cute. I like the sprinkles a lot!
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2008 09:49:46 PM »

Thanks for the comments and sealant suggestions! I'll probably end up doing a bunch of test swatches to see what works while still maintaining as much of the loose sprinkle-y look as possible.
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2008 11:13:16 AM »

What about turning the sprinkles into buttons with resin... That way they are still on there, but you can remove it to wash it.....

I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please.

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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2008 02:44:54 AM »

Absolutely freaking adorable!

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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2008 01:02:13 PM »

great  idea

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