Guest DIY: Janae Hardy

Janae_HardyHello! My name is Janae Hardy. I am a photographer, wife and mother….. and I love making things! I am so honored to be a guest blogger today on A Beautiful Mess. Elsie has been a huge source of inspiration to me for the past few years. We live in the same town, and I am so thankful to have creative people like her surrounding me! I have a one year old daughter named Hazel. I love having a little girl, and we have lots of fun together.


I find that it is an uphill battle finding cute baby clothes. Everything is overly pink or has baby motifs all over them. I also don't like paying lots of money for an outfit. So, I wanted to post a couple DIY ideas on making baby clothes a little cuter!I found this dress at a local store for $7. I didn't LOVE it, so I thought I would  enhance it a bit. I find that most baby clothes are boxy(short and wide). I always sew up the sides of Hazel's clothing. It will give the outfit a more tailored look. A tailored look with baby clothing can make a world of a difference.

  Picture#2Picture#3 Next, I find things around the house and in my craft bins that would work with the outfit. I found a little flower made out of bunched fabric, left over trim from reupholstering our sofa, and some vintage buttons.

  Picture#4  After I sewed everything on, the dress already looks better.

 I thought it needed a little more, so I used green string to sew along the edges of the collar, sleeves and trim at the bottom.

Picture#6  Here is the finished product:

  Picture#5 Lastly, I wanted to share my favorite DIY for a quick dress. It takes about 20-30 minutes! Most of the work is already done for you! Find a great vintage pillow case at your local thrift store (I found this one for a quarter). 

I measure everything to my baby. So hold up the pillow case and see how tall and wide it needs to be. Next cute an a-symmetrical line up both sides. Use the opening of your pillow case as the bottom of the dress. You trim is done for you!

Picture#7  Sew sides together. Sew an extra piece of fabric on chest, from shoulder to shoulder ( about 2 inches tall).

Cut and sew the straps according to the size of your baby

I also added a small piece of elastic on the back of the dress, to make it more snug.

Picture#8Sew the straps on. You can criss cross them, or just put them on like regular straps.Add some of  your favorite vintage buttons on the ends of the straps and you're done!

Picture#9 This seriously takes about 20-30 minutes and the outcome is super cute! 

Have a wonderful day, JanaeJanae hardy

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