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11 Neat Ways to Upcycle Your Old Bridesmaids Dresses

Updated on July 30, 2013

Everyone Has at Least One.........

I have been lucky enough to have been a bridesmaid a time or two. Fortunately the dresses I was forced.....I mean asked to wear were actually really pretty. Especially the last one a couple of years ago. You always hear jokes about what to do with a bridesmaids dress once it's been used in a wedding. There are actually several things you could do including giving it to a teenage girl for prom, taking it to a Goodwill, sell it on, I wore the hell out of them. I paid for them, so I got my moneys worth of use out of those things. The last bridesmaids dress I had looked great with my apron. I wore that thing to clean, cook, do laundry, to the grocery store. My kids teachers thought I was one of those reality show Housewives :). Well, not really, but they would have if I'd brushed my hair and had on Stilettos with it rather than 2 different color flip flops.

Anyway, I set out to find different non traditional ways that you could actually reuse your dress if you choose to keep it rather than give it away. Here are 10 neat Ideas I found to reuse your bridesmaids dress.

Rose Pillow Made From a Bridesmaids Dress

I found this really cute Rose Pillow that would be great accent to a dorm or teenagers room, and one day when I open the sewing machine I got for Christmas in 2009, I'll use this idea to make my own.


The Painted Maxi Skirt

The Painted Maxi Skirt is from a two piece and you can achieve this look with some fabric paint. I think it's cute, but I think I might even just paint the stripes all the way around, or put peace signs all over them.

Turn it Into a Princess Dress

I LOOOOVE this idea. My little girl is just fixing to turn 2 and she is loving dressup. Usually it's in Daddy's t-shirts and my flip flops, but it's dressup either way. This is such a cute way to reuse your bridesmaids dress by turning it into a soooo cute Princess dress for a little girl. What little girl doesn't like to be a princess? StaySeeMakeDo used an old bridesmaids dress to make this cute thing.


Turn Your Bridal Gown Into Your Daughter's Baptismal Gown

Now I know this is supposed to be about Bridesmaids dresses, but in my venture to find ideas, I came across a blog with this idea that blew my mind. This clever lady at Nicole Faby Photography shared how she had her wedding gown transformed into a Baptismal Gown for her baby girl. Not only that, but she was also able to get a little girls handbag, a headband and a beautiful bow made from her wedding gown. That is one of the most adorable I've seen for reusing a dress.

Make a Banner for a Party

I saw this cute and simple craft project over at Craftaholics. There is a great instructional on how to make a bunting (I call it a banner). This would be cute for a party, or a seasonal decoration over the fireplace,


Turn it into a Ball Gown!

This girl had a nice black bridesmaid dress hanging around and couldn't bear to let it go to waste. So turned it into the perfect Halloween Victorian Ball gown dress! What a neat idea! You can see all of her photo views at Burdastyle.


Make a Baby Blanket

Here is another great idea that I love, and it makes me wish I knew how to use my sewing machine. Kristina at Sir Bubbadoo shows how she used an old light blue bridesmaids dress as the backing on this super cute baby blanket. What a neat heirloom idea!


Another Cute Pillow Idea

Over at Something Smells Crafty, Mrs. R shows how she turned her old bridesmaid dress into this sexy corset styled pillow. Love this idea.


Make a Cute Handbag this girl did. Nerdy and Hip actually got to choose her own bridesmaids dress, thus the non-traditional kind of pattern of it. Nonetheless, it's a bridesmaids dress. She had it still hanging around in her closet a few years after she wore it and decided to make this cute handbag. I think it's adorable, and she actually has it for sale in her Etsy shop.

Here are over 100 FREE Sewing patterns for handbags if this is something you might want to try.


Turn it into a Military Ball Gown

Okay, the dress you see below is NOT the end product......well not the end...end product. This little gal over at Everything I Want and Nothing I Don't, tried to refashion a dress she had for a Military ball, and it was a big fail, so she purchased a different older bridemaids dress from the Goodwill and turned it into a very pretty dress to wear to the Military event. I had fun reading about her experience.


Another Cute Princess Dress Idea

I just can't get enough of the little princess dress ideas made from old bridesmaid dresses. There isn't a tutorial or even a post on this one that I've found yet. I found this picture on Flickr by Claire_Teagueuk. I've seen lots of free patterns online for little dresses like this. She turned an old bridesmaids dress into a super cute dress for a 4 year old.


Have You Upcycled a Bridesmaids Dress?

So there are just a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Have you ever upcycyled a bridesmaids dress? Which one of these ideas is one you would like to try?


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    Brenda Kyle 

    7 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

    I love hubs like these! Always enjoy seeing ways to reuse items. Many ideas here. Thank you for sharing.

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    Maree Michael Martin 

    7 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

    Those are some really good ideas. Thanks! I wore mine too for awhile than gave it away. Great hub! Sharing...

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    7 years ago from New York

    This is a great hub with fantastic ideas. I loved the pillow and the princess dress ideas the best. Thanks!

  • Pauline Davenport profile image

    Pauline Davenport 

    7 years ago from Isle of Man

    I love this, particularly the converted christening gown idea - what a lovely heirloom, starting off as a special dress for Mum then possibly being used for generations of children afterwards - the loveliest of traditions don't you think? I love them all though - I'm a bit of a 'hippie chick' myself and adore the idea of the maxi skirt, and the home decorations are awesome. Thanks so much for this Holyjeans - am going to face book, tweet and pin this - it's totally brilliant

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    Emma Kisby 

    7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

    Ha, love these ideas! I'm getting married in a matter of weeks and I wouldn't be offended if my bridesmaids re-used their dresses in this way. Turning them into skirts or pillow covers are great ways to recycle something which will never be worn again :)


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