Winners of the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge!

We started with 154 amazing entries in the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge! The judges (Shari, Dana, Disney, Candace and Rae) narrowed the entries down to 15 finalists. After a week long vote, with 3,855 people voting, I finally get to announce the winners! Congratulations to Shannon, Vanessa and Sarah! Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! I can’t wait for the next challenge!

First Place (884 votes):
Kung Hee Fat Choy (Happy New Year) Top
Made by: Shannon from Happy Tomodachi
Shannon used red and gold t-shirts: red-good luck, gold-wealth and happiness. She stenciled the character for “Double Happiness” at the top using freezer paper and Jacquard Neopaque fabric paint and added some 3-D gold glitter paint for some subtle “zing.” She appliqued the flowers using fabric from the original t-shirts and fusible webbing and dusted the flowers with glitter paint for sparkle. She then used hems from the original t-shirts to trim the sleeves and bottom hem of the new top.
Pattern: Recycled T-Shirt Sienna Dress

Second Place (746 votes):
Spring Fever Dress
Made by: Vanessa from Punkin Patterns
Vanessa used three different plain fabrics in a dark pink, light pink and green. The appliqued flowers came from a really beautiful border fabric. The applique goes all the way around the dress and the pockets hide where the applique pieces meet giving the fabric the illusion from far away that it is one piece of fabric.
Pattern: The Paper Doll Dress

Third Place (668 votes):
Chicken Nuggets Dress
Made by: Sarah Boyd from 2 Giggle Boxes
The dress was inspired not from chicken nuggets…… but from four pet goldfish that Sarah’s daughter chose to name “chicken nuggets.” Sarah created the fishbowl on the top of the dress using lightweight vinyl PVC. The underwater world was created using applique and fabric painting. The bottom of the dress features imported Japanese fabric sewn into a bubble style.
Pattern: Recycled T-Shirt Halter/Tie-Back Dress

Honorable Mentions:

Best Use of a Girl’s Pattern for a Boy’s Outfit:

“The Church Waders” by Sabra from Sew a Straight Line

Most Creative Use of a Halter Dress Pattern (tie):

“The Heat is On” by Sarah from Up to Date in Kansas City

The Knit Mermaids by Nicole from Cole’s Corner and Creations

Cutest Hair:

Girl Robot Dress by Charlene from Musings of a Mormon Mom

Most Patriotic:

Flag Dress by Lynette from Get Your Craft On

Best Mini-Me:

“Lil Lu and Bitty Baby” by Ashley from Not Just Grannies

Most Attention to the Details:

“Honeycomb Dress” by Nikki Williams

Best Period Piece:

“All Dressed Up” by Kestlyn from the Kestlyn Collection

Most Likely To Be Coveted By Every Little Boy in the World:

“Monster Hoodie” by Lynette from Get Your Craft On

First Prize:
:: Choice of one of the following: 50 Person Tie-Dye Party Kit, Screenprinting Kit, or $50 Dharma Trading Gift Certificate.
:: $25 Lil Blue Boo Etsy Store Gift Certificate.
:: Choice of boy or girl nursery painting from my fine art website.
:: “Challenge Winner” badge to display on blog or website.

Second Prize:

:: $25 Dharma Trading Gift Certificate
:: $25 Lil Blue Boo Etsy Store Gift Certificate

Third Prize
:: $15 Lil Blue Boo Etsy Store Gift Certificate

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  1. Katera says

    I adore the monster hoodie!! What a fantastic idea! Every little boy's dream or nightmare!!!!!

  2. TNMamaw says

    I loved this contest. I loved viewing everyone's creative entries. Such lovely, beautiful clothes and wonderful talented people creating them. Bravo to you all! Loved just watching what everyone was doing… :)

  3. Soren Lorensen Design says

    Congratulations to the winners AND every single entry! You are all so talented!!!!

  4. 2 Giggle Boxes says

    Thanks again Ashley for hosting such a great contest and ALL your hard work in putting it together! I feel honored to be a part of it and to be among so many creative and talented people!

  5. Disney says

    Hooray for the winners!! Thank so much for doing the contest, Ashley! It was the best! And I loved being part of the judging process. :o)

  6. Kestlyn says

    Congrats! The judges had a HARD decision, and it was awesome that we all got to be involved too!
    Thanks A for the honorable mention :) Can't wait until the next competition!

  7. Shelly K says

    Awesome! Now i can finally admit that I was DYING over the hoodie. I would have just voted for that one in the beginning but I wanted to make sure I got one vote LOL :)
    Really, they were all awesome!
    If you do it again, we should see if we can figure out which one belongs to who it belongs too…it'd be fun to see how things turn out that way too!
    Nice job ladies :)

  8. Lynette says

    This was a super fun contest…i'm still dreaming up ideas in my head! Thanks so much for the honorable mentions!

  9. Cole's Corner says

    Yes! Thank you Ashley. It was soooo fun! There's nothing like a little friendly competition to give you a jump start on all those projects you've been 'meaning to do'.

    I really loved taking part in this and looking at all the talent pouring in.

    Thanks for the honorable mention! :)

  10. marcia says

    This was the most wonderful contest. Loved to see the collection of entries. I looked in awe and became inspired for future projects.

  11. Sabra says

    Congratulations to the winners! Such fun, amazing stuff. This was a great contest. Thank you so much Ashley and all of the judges.

  12. CraftCrave says

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Handcraft category today [12 Mar 10:52am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  13. Melissa says

    Wow what an adventure this was! Congrats to the very deserving winners! And thank you Ashley and Dharma for holding this contest! We readers are always up for a challenge! xo

  14. sofia's sketchbook says

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!!!!!!
    how fun of a journey to follow LBB patterns and create!!!!!!!

  15. Ashley says

    Awesome! I loved all of them. Can't wait for the next challenge either. Thx for the mini me mention :)