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Published on January 12th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Ikea blue bag halter dress

Halloween’s over but Adriana still wants to show us her Ikea shopping bag costume. And hear this, she teaches a course on Ikea! Wow. I hope I get an A on that course.

Tote dress recipe:
Take 1 IKEA bag
Make it into a halter dress

She says, “I fashioned the top of the bag and one handle as the neckline and halter for the top of the dress. Then I cut open the seams of the rest of the bag to make a backless, A-Line outfit. I sewed darts in the front and back to be shapely for my bust and back. I cut the long handles off of two more bags to create ties for the back of the dress. Waterproof and ready to tote!

But really the dress is achievable with just one 59-cent bag and by jacking the handles from two more!

Oh, and I also attach a mini-Ikea purse I made with just yellow duct tape and staples from a larger Ikea bag. It is the purse for my nephew’s toy robot to carry his baby robot around town.

I am a professor at the Parsons School of Design and I am teaching a course in the spring called IKEA-ology: Ikea as global urban home.”

Update (11/8/10): More photos!

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30 Responses to Ikea blue bag halter dress

  1. This is a really great idea for a Halloween costume. I’ll have to use this this year. Hilarious.

  2. No wonder there’s a shortage of bags at my local IKEA

  3. Sweet, future fancy dress outfit sorted.

  4. Ann@ kids bean bag says:

    That’s one pretty good fashion idea. :) It rocks!!!

  5. Awesome idea. Gonna have a go at making some stuff out of these bags myself.

  6. Wow, that’s an interesting item form IKEA, well, if you’re creative, you can do a lot from that strap.

  7. This is awesome. You make that bag look good.
    Love the design.

  8. butterfly crazy town says:

    that’s what you call original and creative… and cheap too ;)

  9. Claudia says:

    Good pictures plus the good article certainly made this segment amazing.Keep it up!

    WOW……..Damn interesting…Great job! This one is an instant classic!This is the first article I’ve read since finding this site…and what an article!!! I’m hooked.


  10. Pretty clever, nothing is put into waste.

  11. Bean Bags says:

    Awesome idea. Gonna have a go at making some stuff out of these bags myself. The apron idea seems like a good place to start, or maybe a handbag for the wife.

    How do you fix the extra handles to the back? Can the material be sewn like ordinary fabric?

  12. ullalapin says:

    I love it with the striped socks :-)

  13. Jules says:

    Anonymous, thanks for the Daniel Stigefelt link. Yes, the dress is totally glamorous.

  14. Chiron says:

    Why can’t there be professors like THAT anywhere else but NYC? Creative and *cough*HOT*cough* attractive. I need to move out of Ohio, land of Walmart.

  15. Anonymous says:

    That’s not a good IKEA-dress.
    Check out the one Daniel Stigefelt shoot.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Haha, of course this is on the L train. Nice idea, but too bad the dress is terrible.

  17. Adriana says:

    Greetings I-hackers. Thanks for the comments. My next blue bag sartorial project will be a work apron. As for the big robot, it is from a small toy shop in the east village NYC and I sewed the baby-bot from recycled pillowcases. Cheers!

  18. Lily says:

    Haha mini Ikea bag- I love it.

  19. Katja says:

    I would love to take that IKEA class.

  20. wow~ fancy dress.
    where did you get that doll by the way?

  21. Dawn says:

    I don’t even want to THINK about how many of those bags it would take to make myself a dress. *sigh. off to have a cracker and some water for dinner* LOL

  22. Agree with Terry, it can be a great apron. I like the mini purse too. The dress is cute, but not sure if the waterproof material can be comfortable..

  23. Charlotte says:

    Awesome dress! Very creative!

  24. kostia says:

    “Backless” indeed! Granted we can’t see what the bottom of the back looks like, but the people on the train aren’t even looking, so it must not be as revealing in back as it looks like it is. Or they’re just typical jaded New Yorkers who’ve seen it all!

  25. JRae says:

    Man, I felt the need to hate on that dress but then the comment box told me to play nice. So, I appreciate her effort on this dress, and the balls to wear it. ;)

  26. Terry says:

    I think this idea is adaptable to make a great apron!

  27. Belen Peca says:

    Really nice dress! I have a few of those bag that I could put into good use.


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