Table Linen Dress Tutorial


Lately, I’ve been inspired by Betz White’s work in up-cycling. When I ran into this dingy old table linen at a local vintage store, I thought, “hey, I can make my two year old wear this!” I’m only half kidding, of course. The adorable embroidered daises were too much to pass up! I bought it, sent it through several rounds of OxiClean (that stuff is amazing!), cut a hole in the middle, and voila! –a cute dress or smock for a toddler. It was really that simple. Here are the details:

What you’ll need:

1 Table linen (big enough to cover your little one)

1-2 yards of bias tape

1 yard of ribbon in coordinating color for belt

Coordinating thread

Fabric scissors

A small/medium sized bowl (larger than child’s head for neck opening)

Water soluble pen


To get a sense of where the neckline should be, I draped the linen over my daughter’s shoulder. In our case, the back needed to be exactly 1″ longer than the front in order for the hem to hang evenly. Mark with a pin or water soluble pen. Mark where arm openings need and desired opening at hem (see pictures below). Fold linen in half lengthwise and widthwise to get center of neckline. Mark center fold with pen. Unfold linen widthwise, and place bowl on center of neckline marking. The bowl should be half on and half off the folded linen. Trace round of bowl on linen with water soluble pen. Cut open marked neckline.

Pin bias tape in place along neckline and sew down. Sew sides together from bottom of arm opening hem of linen. Depending on your linen, you can sew right sides together for a finished side or (in our case, with the lace trim) sew wrong sides together. I sewed wrong sides together in order to keep the lace trim and embroidery showing throughout the dress.

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2 Comments on Table Linen Dress Tutorial

  1. Silvia
    August 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe this!! Really cute!! You are so creative!!

  2. Jalen
    September 1, 2014 at 3:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh yeah, fauolubs stuff there you!


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