I think it is so funny when people say “oh, she’d look cute even in a potato sack.” I decided to put it to the test. I love the look of burlap coffee sacks….so I created my own coffee sack out of soft cotton and turned it into a dress.
I used one of my favorite patterns: the Leila & Ben Sweet Dress (you can find it here).
Using a few different lettering stencils, I drew some “coffee” info onto the cotton using a disappearing ink pen. Once I was happy with the way it looked I used a black Fabric Mate pen to color it permanent.
Here is the front and the back of the dress before sewing:
Closeup of the lettering on the front:
Lettering on the back says “Superior Organic”:
I added a row of orange and white mattress ticking in the dress. Then used some leftover fabric for a frayed flower. The center of the flower is a fabric button I made that reads “coffee” (and the disappearing ink line hadn’t quite disappeared by photo time).
I made actually cut the dress to be shorter so Sienna could wear it as a top over jeans. It is so cute as a little dress that I am making bloomers out of the orange and white mattress ticking for her to wear until it gets cooler. (Tip: Freeze your GoGurt’s so they aren’t messy!)
You. Are. Amazing. Are you even human?
And yes, she does look cute in a coffee sack!!
Crafty Mom says
Seriously. You never cease to amaze me. Absolutely adorable. (the dress and the girl 😉 )
Penelope Anne says
This IS majestic! Brilliant! I hope you run for president next term cause you've got my vote! XO
Legally Knit says
This is ADORABLE! I am in awe of people who can come up with ideas like this! So cute.
Do you sleep? This is so cute! Boo is adorable! And yes, she looks cute even in a sack 🙂
this is absolutely FABULOUS! It really is totally cute!
Too creative. TOo cute! Too coffee!!!!
omg ahhh I love it!!!! I think I will make one soon!
I agree – you are amazing!! This is the cutest idea!
LOVE the shots of Sienna – she's beautiful! I want her curls – OMG they're gorgeous!
Your cool friend Cheryl says
Awwwww…another dress that I LOVE! Sienna's little painted nails are adorable, too!
kaylin rose and mara anne says
love this dress and the flower you made on it too. would you share how you made that flower? i would love to make some.
WOw, soooo adorable!!! Such a cute idea!!
Given how cute she is in a coffee sack, I'd say that your little model would look good in a potato sack too!
I posted a link to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:
Cole's Corner says
Adorable dress. Boo looks so beautiful.
I love it!! I need to get with it and make my little girly some dresses..
You rock. This is SO cute! Love the mattress ticking.
Kari @ Ucreate says
cute Ashley. Great idea to do the stenciling. I'll have to try that down the road!
And Lucy loves those gogurts too. The perfect afternoon lunch/snack.
I"m so in to coffee sacks right now! I want pillows with it. Love this idea!
That is a really cute dress!!!
I bought the sienna pattern today. wish me luck!
This is the cutest, most fashionable coffee sack dress ever!!! Ashley, you are the feminine version of king Midas!!! EVERYTHING you touch turns into wonderfully crafted couture piece of art!!!!! You are so BEYOND creative!!
Nähmaus - Angie´s Nähstübla says
A very cute coffee sack dress!
Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design says
do you hav ea tutorial on that flower?? I've seen a lot of flowers, but I LOVE the flower on your coffee sack dress!
oh my! this is the cutest most creative thing! love your blog!!
this is adorable! i love it!
Haus of Girls says
Too cute for words! I absolutely love it!!!
Very cute! I never would have thought this could work, in my mind, but you made it happen! I've been following your blog for a while and have decided to link yours to mine, since you epiphimize what my blog is all about. Happy sewing!
Kathleen W. says
I just can't get over how awesome you are. I never would have thought about the stencil thing, and it makes it so authentic.
I love your blog, and though I tend to read it via email feed, I just had to comment today and let you know how much you've inspired me to get my butt in gear and create something every day.
Jared and Delia says
genious! I want a dress like that!
Susan Petersen says
what a cute idea! love it.
Absolutely adorable, super creative. I'm constantly amazed!
so adorable. the girl of course. well, the dress is pretty adorable too!
Little Red Bus says
This is absolutely gorgeous!! Hahah witty idea, and she looks fabulous in it.
the monkey's mama says
I echo everyone–gorgeous, simple but OH SO CREATIVE!, brilliant, and amazing. I love the idea to use stencil. I'm thinking about ways to incorporate that…….hmmmmm……
that is the cutest dress ever!!!!!!!
Gingham Skies says
LOVE this dress and your lil' one is adorable! Definitely snagging this pattern – thanks!