Friday, January 13, 2012

We Made Dressing Frames

I like the concept of dressing frames, but have never been willing to spend money on purchasing them.  Saw this idea/tutorial on how to make your own using thrifted frames and clothes.

To make ours we used frames from the dollar store (if you're going to make some too - be sure they are wood frames and that you remove the glass), clothes that were in our "donate" bin, and a staple gun.
This happens to be the only picture I got of "the process" of making them (kind of hard to hold a camera and staple gun).  I would just fit the item of clothing over the frame, staple it directly to the wood then cut off the excess fabric.

Our finished dressing frames were made from clothes that had zippers, snaps, buttons and buckles.

 I decided to make our frames double sided (as our play/learning space is small).  I also like this idea/tutorial on how to make one frame with removable fabric sets.

I have heard mixed reviews from Montessori moms and teachers on dressing frames/amount of use they actually get - so am happy with my makeshift versions that cost $2 to make, and take up a small amount of space. 

You can watch the proper way to present dressing frames on the InfoMontessori channel.

For those of you who like the concept, but wouldn't invest in the frames or be interested in making them . . . Counting Coconuts has a fun variation in the form of a "dressing basket".


  1. Such a great idea. I used a babygrow for the snap fast buttons and it came out great :)

  2. This is awesome... I have wanted a few of these to help my daughter's fine motor skills, but didn't want to spend the $$

  3. i love this idea! i've never seen anything like this before... it makes sense, too, to not spend much money on these. once they use them so much, the skill will be acquired and they will get set aside! what resourcefulness you have :)

  4. Thank you! I've been toying around with making my own dressing frames for quite a while now (especially after one I bought at a Montessori outlet store online stunk). This helps and has me motivated again!

  5. Awesome! I especially love that no sewing is required, they can be double sided, and the fabric sets can be removable! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:


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