Oct 02

Astroturf Dress

by Hannah Holt »


Last year Josh went to our Halloween party as a golfer, and I went as the green. Here’s how my turf frock came into being…

A while ago Josh and I picked up Astroturf at Lowe’s. We needed something to cover the splintery wood on our back deck until it gets replaced. The Lowe’s sales-rep sold us the end of a roll at a deeply discounted price. That left us with yards and yards of extra fabric. I took one look at all that turf and knew just what to do:

front back

Since I’m feeling rather expertish on the subject of Atsro sewing (and I KNOW you are all DYING to get you one), I thought I’d share a few tips.

-Pick a pattern with few seams. No gathers or darts. This is essentially carpet sewing.

-When cutting, you don’t need to allow for much seam. You’ll be sewing and gluing the pieces almost edge to edge.

-Immediately after cutting, apply a sewing glue to ALL the edges. This will keep it from fraying to pieces, and enable you to sew the edges without it falling apart. This will need drying time.

-Do NOT use a sewing machine. Hand sew a simple stitch down each seam to draw the edges together. Then hot glue all the seams.

-You do not need to hem. Just cut a straight line on the bottom and fray check.

-Make the dress a tight fit. It will loosen up after a couple wearings.

-To clean, spray with hose.

-I was too lazy to line the dress, so I just bought a simple under-dress from a thrift store.

-Don’t forget your matching masquerade glasses.


Yes, this is my first (and only) handmade dress.

  1. Cristine Holt

    I remember this dress and I still love it! I think you look absolutely fabulous, dah-ling! I’m glad you posted some tips…..most of us have never sewed astro-turf before. **smile**

    • Hannah Holt

      Thank-ya, thank-ya very muuuch!

  2. Jenny Lee Sulpizio

    How creative are you? I am so impressed by this dress and love that you went as “the green.” Fabulous, Hannah!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Jenny. I hope the Wonder Woman writing is going well!

  3. Heather Newman

    What a cool idea! The dress looks gorgeous and I’ve never before considered sewing with astroturf. Was the dress heavy?

    • Hannah Holt

      “Was the dress heavy?” A: Yes, like wearing your living room rug. I don’t recommend it for dancing.

  4. Joanna

    This is so funny. I am about to experience my first (US) Halloween celebration as I have never lived in a country before for which this is a big deal!

    Maybe you could sew more turf this year and hubby could go as HEATHcliff and you could be Cathy?

    • Hannah Holt

      Oooh! I hope your first Halloween in the states is a good one, and that you get more treats than tricks. Let me know what you decide on for a costume. :)

  5. Erik -This Kid Reviews Books

    Cool dress! I like the mask too! :)

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Erik. Hope you have a spooktakular Halloween.

  6. Erin Bylund

    hahaha. very nice. My son walked past and said “I like that dress! I like that green color!” So, maybe I need to get myself one.

    • Hannah Holt

      You should totally get you one. I predict they will be all the rage next year. 😉

  7. Tara Oliver

    I love “To clean, spray with hose.” That is quality!!!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Tara. I only sew quality dresses from carpet. :o)

  8. Susanna Leonard Hill

    I love that you have a dress you clean with a hose! :)

    • Hannah Holt

      Makes laundry day easier. :)

  9. Evelyn

    You are incredibly creative! Halloween costumes are on my anti-bucket list, so I need some inspiration…

    • Hannah Holt

      You can only have so many things on your bucket list. Just stop by Good Will. I’m sure you can find something cheap that involves zero effort.

  10. Stacy S. Jensen

    I’m with Susanna on the cleaning part. Very cute.

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Stacy. You are the best. :)