I love coloring! Have you seen this Color Me fabric by Hayley Crouse for Michael Miller? There are all kinds of things to color, like princess castle panels and trucks and robots for boys. I saw this dress made up on Craftsy and knew I had to make it for my little granddaughters.

Craftsy sold a kit including the Geranium dress pattern, fabric yardage and permanent fabric markers, for $20. They seem to have sold out because my Bee searched Craftsy yesterday and couldn’t find it available.

Two granddaughters! I needed two dresses so I found this ballarina Color Me fabric on Etsy for about $5.00 a yard. I bought 2 yards for a size 3 and needed almost all of it to get the panels on the front and back. There is a lot of the upper portion of clouds left over.

The dresses were a huge hit! What! We are allowed to color our clothes? Of course, I immediately switched the permanent markers for Crayola Ultra Washable Markers. I’ve been around that block before…

I didn’t want to introduce 4 year old Mackenzie to a wide range of coloring on cloth with anything permanent. Besides, why not wash the dresses and color them again!

So I did a little experiment and colored a scrap with the Crayola Washable Markers.

I really just dunked the scrap in a sink of cold water but the color rinsed out almost completely. It probably would do even better in the longer cycle of the washing machine.

The artists were very pleased with their creations.

You can’t believe how many questions we all got, walking around Longwood Gardens! Where do you buy those dresses? Darn…I should have had cards made up. When the girls got soaked playing in the water at the children’s garden, the colors bloomed and streaked and looked like Monet painted dresses. Cool!

Umm…the colors did kind of bleed onto the Dad’s white shirt a bit. He’s a good sport about these things. Maybe he was just a little disappointed that no one asked him if he colored his shirt.

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  1. Best idea of the Year! No grand babies yet but I am filing this idea!! They are adorable and have the worlds greatest Grand-mom!

  2. The girls are adorable and so grown up already! Great idea with the dresses, you’re a hit!

  3. Lynne Laino says

    What beautiful granddaughters you have! The dresses are just darling! I’ve seen the fabric but not made into a dress before. What a fun project for all of you!

  4. Beverly Sensabaugh says

    These iare beautiful! I wish our girls were little again (now 30 and 28). I used to make dresses for them and they would have loved this! Thanks for sharing.