How to: Paper Dress Banner in a Shadow Box & giveaway

May 17th, 2010

A couple of month’s ago I was seriously inspired by Trish Turay’s dress garland featured on Get it Scrapped. I instantly knew that I wanted to create a shadowbox for my new niece’s nursery. So I bookmarked the website and ordered a 9×20 Shadowbox online.

On Saturday I had a whole day to do whatever I wanted with it. So I hopped out of bed and got to work! The first thing I did was create my own cutting files. I have a Cricut Expression and use SCAL to cut all my own custom files.

I created 2 dresses, 1 apron, 2 over-skirts, and a collar. This made really short work of my project because I didn’t have to hand cut anything.  I love my Cricut.

All the paper that I used is from my Quite Contrary line – Hello Beautiful color set by My Mind’s Eye.

With all my dresses and items cut out, I grabbed some Lush embellishments also by My Mind’s Eye, and my awesome new Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro and started embellishing!

For the first dress, I used ribbons, paper and brads to create some cute hand-made flowers. I also added some tiny rhinestones for buttons and made a glittered sash.

The second dress also got some glitter on the collar and layered skirt. I ran the top skirt through the sewing machine and topped it off with a ribbon sash and a button. I also added a playful pink pom pom trim using my Glue Arts Glider.

For the third dress, I wanted to gather some wide organza that I had lying around. So I pulled out my sewing machine… I barely know how to sew, so pardon how messy this is… but at least you know beginners can do it too!

I traced where the apron hit the dress so that I would know where I needed to start my skirt and how long of a gathered piece I needed.

Then I grabbed some yarn and sewed it loosely to my organza – about twice as long as the skirt.

Then I gently pulled on the yarn to gather it, and then sewed it to the bottom dress, so that none of my bad sewing would show!

The gathered skirt was a little unruly, so I used my glue glider to help it stick down. You couldn’t see any of the glue in the final product.

I also wanted some ric-rac on the bottom of the apron to finish the transition. The best way I know to create adhesive ribbon is to run it through my Xyron. This really makes it easy to get ribbon down securely especially on curves. I also used it on the green ribbon on the first dress.

Once I was happy with how all the dresses turned out, I decided to make a banner with the new baby’s name.

I just hand-cut a bunch of triangles and then ran them through the sewing machine with some crocheting string. I did it really SLOWLY so I had control over the string and the placement on the triangles.

I chose a contrasting color – brown, to give the banner a more detailed effect. Then I simply added some glitter sticker letters.

Once I decided how everything would be placed. I grabbed some teeny clothes pins and some cream seam binding to hang the dresses on. I also found some eye-screws to hang the ribbon by.

For the banner, I used some small pins and tied the string around them.

You can also see that I added a few pins in the middle of the banner to create a scalloped look. This was the final product and I absolutely love how it turned out. The hardest part was having to give it away! But I can’t wait to see it in my new nieces adorable nursery.

For the wrapping, I wrapped some tissue paper around the frame and had my cricut cut out another dress and apron. I only added one embellishment to this dress — a little rhinestone necklace. Then I clothes-pinned it to the ribbon with a little congratulations tag.

If you’re interested in doing this or a similar project, I actually took the time to build all the files (SVG, GSD, JPG, AI)  for the various cutting programs and am selling them at Design House Digital starting Thursday May 2oth (2010). These files should work for any die-cut machine including the Cricut (with SCAL), & Silhouette. I’m giving away this digital kit to one of my readers, all you need to do is comment — tell me what kind of cutting machine you have — and I’ll choose one random winner on Thursday Morning!

50 responses to “How to: Paper Dress Banner in a Shadow Box & giveaway”

  1. Christy T. says:

    So adorable. Especially the apron. Such a cute idea. You’re awesome. I’d love to use this on my Cricut! thank you

  2. Cynthia Marie says:

    So adorable and perfect for a girls room. I love it! I have a silhouette and have only used it one time. I can’t wait to create a cute shadowbox too.

  3. Toni Ellison says:

    That is adorable! I don’t have a cricut, but I do have a big shot. You should email sizzix and tell them you have an idea for a die.

    So cute!!!!!!!

  4. Anita Richards says:

    Absolutely ADORABLE!!!! 🙂

  5. Janell says:

    That is soooo darling, what a fun project Jen!!!

  6. tracy says:

    This is adorable!!!


  8. Casey says:

    this is so cute! I would love to make this

  9. Jesa says:

    How fun, I love this project! I have a Cricut machine.

  10. Kim:) says:

    I adore your work..and I love the Quite Contrary line. It’s is one of my favorites. I have both the Silhouette and the Cricut Expression….and I love them both for different reasons. Sooo glad this file is going to be for sale at DHD! I hope you do more files like these..eventhough I adore Deena’s D-cut files too. The more the merrier!! Thanks!!

  11. rose481 says:

    These little dresses are darling! I have two DGDs and would love to have these files!

  12. Lu says:

    Oh, so cute!!!! Love it. It would be a great cut for my cricut

  13. Trisha says:

    So Cute! This would look great in my two granddaughters’ shared room!

  14. I have a Silhouette, and I would love to win this kit! I recently linked to your blog to connect people with your darling menu planners and shopping lists. Thanks for the opportunity to win this, I have several little girls in my life who’d love a project made with this.

  15. Julie says:

    This turned out absolutely beautiful! I love the colors and homespun look of the banner. Great job!

  16. Katherine B says:

    That is ridiculously CUTE! Seriously! Would so love to have those files! I have a Cricut Expression.

  17. Anna Dowdy says:

    Oh my stars these are just adorable. I love them…and with two daughters and 2 and 3/4 LOL (one due in June) granddaughters they would be used a lot. Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Jen Allyson says:

    Hi Katherine! I didn’t know you had a cricut!

  19. Carolyn McElroy says:

    I so love what you have done!!!! It’s very inspiring!! I have a Black Cat Cougar and use the SVG files and would be honored to win your designs!! Thanks!!! C:o)

  20. Cheryl Briggs says:

    This is absolutely adorable. I so want to make one. I have both a craftrobo and a pazzles inspiration. I have some friends I’m going to tell about this.

  21. Amy says:

    I would truly cry if I opened something this beautiful as a baby gift. How amazingly thoughtful!

  22. Maria R. says:

    Oh my goodness! Is that the cutest project ever?!!! I have Silhouette and would LOVE to make a project like this! 🙂

  23. Toni says:

    I have a cricut Expression. I just love your project and would love to make it for my friend.

  24. Trish Turay says:

    Hey Jen–

    You ROCKED that banner project, girl! I have an Expression and a Silhouette and would love to win it (sure, after cutting them all out by hand and all–hahaha!!). Beautiful project–how how do I get my hands on those files?? 🙂

  25. Joan says:

    Oh this is totally adorable! I have 3 DGD’s who would love this. I don’t have a cutting machine myself, but I use my daughter’s Cricuit whenever I need it. I absolutely cannot wait to make this, whether I win or have to purchase it.

  26. yamel says:

    Loving them. you do great work.
    can you send me a reminder when they are on sale.
    thank you

  27. Cheryl D. says:

    Those are SO CUTE! What a clever project. IO can think of so many uses for these too. Great Job! I have a Cricut Expressions and a Wishblade.

  28. Mary Ellen says:

    What a lovely gift and fantastic idea. Your dresses are just too cute.
    thanks for the opportunity to win the cutting files. I use Scal and a Cricut Expression

  29. Wendy P says:

    oh my – this is just too too cute !!
    I have a craft robo and would love love love the gsd files for this !!
    smiles W

  30. Patti G says:

    I have the cricut and just LOVE this. Who would not love this for a girls room Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  31. Eni says:

    These are so adorable! simply perfect and cute!
    thanks for sharing!

  32. Chrissy says:

    Oh my goodness, those dresses are toooo cute for words! I have a cricut and SCAL- lovelovelove,lol.

  33. Barb Arnold says:

    I have a Blue Wishblade and cannot wait to get at these files and start creating with my six-year old daughter!! Thanks for the inspiration!!


  34. Karen says:

    Cute, Cute! Would love the pattern’s!

  35. Carol Adams says:

    Well done! You are so darn creative.
    I have a cricut expression and a knk max so if you want to give me the file, I can test it on the cricut AND the knk. wink wink 😉

  36. Emma O. says:

    This is an adorable gift!!! I have a cricut with MTC and would love to create one for my niece. Have a beautiful day!

  37. Lisa says:

    I love it!! I like inspiration to take our paper arts to more heights.

  38. Carolien says:

    Dit is echt leuk voor het fotoboek voor mijn kleintje. Er geregeld een hoop jurkjes aan de waslijn.

  39. Carolien says:

    PS ik werk met SCAL en de cricut expression

  40. Deena Rutter says:

    Miss Jen, project-girl. So beautiful and useful…just the way I like it. Amazing. You are such a clean crafter, too. You should see my projects when I am working like this.

    Gorgeous, friend.

    I am pretty sure I need that Xyron now, too.

  41. I can’t get over how cute this is Jen! What a great idea!

  42. scrapthat/dolly says:

    Oh my gosh! ADORABLE!! I would soooo (sew LOL) like to make these for my Little gal, I have a Silhouette. I love how you embellished all your little dresses too! There are a ton of ways you could use this pattern!! TFS your work, very inspiring!

  43. Nathalie says:

    I just came over from Trish’s blog where I had also fallen in love with her dress banner but this is AMAZING!!!! THank you for sharing your process!!!! Your niece is very lucky 😀

  44. Mary says:

    gorgeous project.

  45. Donna Walker says:

    Just got a silhouette and loving it!!! I love the dresses…they would make a great gift. I also love your work, it’s really inspiring me to create something.

  46. Casey says:

    That is ADORABLE!!! I would love to be able to make one of these with my Silhouette for my daughter’s room that I am almost done decorating! This would be perfect! I love it!

  47. Tinia says:

    I own a Cricut Expression and I have to say this is one of the most adorable projects I have seen. Thank you for sharing your projects with us.

  48. Deanna says:

    This is like sooo awesome man :DDD

  49. serafina says:

    hola acxabo de llegar a tu blog es una maravilla este vestido aun me lo puedes regalar si por favooooor tengo una primera comunion de mi pequeña

    felicidades por tu talento


  50. andrea says:

    Hii, i’m want your this cut files so much! In love!

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