If you’re a fan of Chick-fil-a, you know that last week was Cow Appreciation Day. And what does that mean?? You can drop $30 on fabric so you can make outfits and earn yourself a free lunch (which, said lunch probably would have only cost $20…. seems about right) – we LOVE dressing up each year. I wanted to step up our outfits this year…
Way back in 2009 I used cow fabric to make my girls some simple skirts. They’ve been wearing them each year since – I thought that the size 2T skirts should finally be retired this year, seeing as the girls are 8 and 6 years old…. here’s 2009, for your reference:
So – the day before Cow Appreciation Day, I swung by and grabbed some fabric. I had thought I’d do simple peasant dresses for the girls the next morning, but then I realized that even easier than that would be pillowcase dresses – perfect! And they can grow with the girls – as the dresses get to short, they can turn into tunic tops. I was able to make 2 pillowcase dresses for them, one pillowcase tunic for me, and a pair of shorts for my oldest, all before we headed for lunch at 11am. Phew!!
I made these just like regular pillowcase dresses, but added the pop of pink on the trim and casing. I talk about how to make that on my Shirred Pillowcase Dress Tutorial – so you can follow that, just don’t do the contrasting band across the middle or the shirring. Actually, if you did a middle band in pink it would be super cute – I was just trying to make them really fast and so it was basics for me.
Love when they enjoy getting their picture taken!
Shorts whip up so easy – the shorts pattern from Dana at MADE is my go-to – love it!!
Trying to take pictures with a 10 year old boy is crazy. Me “what are you doing do there?!” Him “posing – take my picture like I’m a cow”
Me: “how about turning around so I can see the fit in the back” Him: stick out rear and giggle.
For me, I just made the same pillowcase-type dress like I did for my girls, but I was low on fabric, so it’s more of a tunic top than a dress. For my preschooler, we borrowed a cow costume, so he didn’t need anything. I put my second grader in charge of making ears on headbands for everyone – she just cut out felt and hot glued it on. It was a fun time!
So if you ever need a quick cow outfit – or any theme really, as long as you can find fabric for it – go with a pillowcase dress. I love how it’s a costume, but it can be everyday wear also. Super cute, Super easy
Katie Morad says
Love it!! We have participated in Cow Appreciation Day for 3 years now. Last year I made my girls similar Pillow Case Dresses & thought the same thing you did about how you probably would have paid less for the food then the fabric. Nonetheless…it was fun! 🙂
Kim Conner says
Love!!! I really love the ruffle of pink on the girls dresses! No Chick-fil-a around here, but fun concept.
Primroses Attic says
Cow appreciation day sounds mad but lots of fun to. We never do anything like that here. Love all your outfits. You all look like your having such fun.
Stone Cottage Adventures says
Oh, how fun! We love Chick-Fil-A! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says
We just wore black and cute out some white spots and taped them on lol. free! But your does look much cuter