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DIY no sew Cinderella Dress! Thrift Store Make over!

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diy-cinderella-dressI am really excited about this thrift store dress make over!  Today I am sharing a DIY Cinderella Dress, and not just any DIY, but a No Sew DIY Cinderella dress! I love taking a thrifted dress and re-imagining it into a costume.  My sewing skills are like the worst of the world so if I can avoid taking my sewing machine out that is the best.  Sometimes a sewing machine is necessary and I almost always sweet talk Grandma Rosie into helping us out, but very often a little modification with a glue gun is all that is necessary.


On a recent thrifting adventure I found this little Aqua colored Davids Bridal flower girl dress for $3.65.  Now I am aware that Lily James’ Cinderella dress is a cooler blue than this one I found, but I felt it was close enough, and the shape was so perfect that we would easily be able to push it towards the theme.  If you want to make over a dress for a Lily James Cinderella dress you simply need to look for a dress with a big princess ball gown style skirt and bodice with tank sleeves.  Look for a dress in a light blue or even white – you could dye the fabric fairly easily.

As a reminder – here is our inspiration…..


So sparkly and blue and lovely.  If you have a little imagination, it is easy to see how we can make over our little thrift store dress to pay homage to the original. Structurally all this dress REALLY needed was a tulle sashy wrap around thingy.  I don’t know what that is called.  In addition to the sash wrap around thingy we would also need to bling it out with some little rhinestones and also some butterflies.

DIY Cinderella dress


At a local craft store I was able to find rhinestones and tulle (I only used 1/8th of a yard and had some left over!), and I found butterfly ‘wedding scatter’ on Amazon for a $5 shipped! I included my Amazon store affiliate link at the bottom of this post for anyone looking for this item – this was the least expensive option I could find and it worked perfectly!


The process was easy  – first I simply glued small rhinestones all over the skirt.  It is an important time to note this dress will likely not make it through a wash cycle – but it will be pretty for our trip to Mickey’s Halloween Party – or really just any time we want to feel like a princess!  I suppose one could hand sew on every bitty rhinestone, but that’s crazy talk if you ask me!


Next I hand measured the tulle around my little Cinderella to make sure she had plenty of room to move her little arms and cut to the proper length.  At the middle I simply gathered and then wrapped thread around it tight – tying off multiple times – this gives a pretty gather in the front.  Now I know I said this is ‘no sew’ – but I did decide to sew the middle (poorly) onto the top of the bodice rather than hot gluing.  One hand stitch done sloppily can still count as ‘no sew’ right?


She took a quick looksy in the mirror and was like “Dis is perfect Mama!” and then I reminded her we still needed some very special sparkles and butterflies added.  Reluctantly she let me take off her dress to put on the finishing touches.

And in one afternoon the transformation was complete!


The total cost of this costume was about $15

$3.65 – dress at the thrift store

$2 – tulle (we still have some left over)

$3.50 for rhinestones

$5.00 for butterflies + shipping costs

Do you have a fun DIY kid’s costume tutorial? I would love for you to link it for our guests in the comment section! Be sure to check out all our costumes below…



Until Next Time ~ Kate
Categories:  Costumes, DIY
  1. Michelle D. says:

    Such a sweet dress! It looks wonderful!

  2. Anna says:

    This is fantastic! I don’t have kids, but i don’t sew so it’s great to figure out how to make things without sewing anything. xx

  3. You did and awesome job on the dress it turned out really cute. Your daughter looks beautiful. She’s going to be the prettiest one at the Halloween party!

  4. Aliza B says:

    This turned out so darling! I love the idea of hot gluing some sparkles on. What a thrifty find for you!

  5. What an amazing thrift store find! You created a beautiful Cinderella dress with it.

  6. This looks great! I also am not a big sewer and I took a thrift store dress and turned it into a Belle Halloween costume for myself last year! The glue gun came in very handy lol.

  7. Jennifer says:

    This dress is adorable!! What a great idea!

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