The thought of starting a DIY project can initially seem very scary.
They take a lot of work and dedication, but can also take up a lot of time we just never seem to have. But as the saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If we just reuse some of our down time, like during our daily bus ride, or an idle time in a waiting room, we are able to find much more time than we previously thought. This will allow you to create some amazing projects without it taking up your precious free time!
One woman, Chi Krneta, decided to do just that when she began to work on something truly incredible during her daily commute on the bus. With her wedding day coming up in just five short months, Chi Krneta decided she was going to crotchet her very own wedding dress. You won’t believe how beautiful her dress is!
I crotcheted my lace wedding dress on the bus during my work commute for about 5 months. The dress is a pattern I designed with a commonly used pineapple stitch.
The dress would be a tribute to her paternal grandmother who had taught her how to crotchet. Creating her own dress would also allow her to save money have a truly unique dress. So for the 5 months leading up to Chi’s wedding, she began to crotchet her dress her 50 minute bus ride to and from work. Instead of playing games or browsing the internet on her phone, she was able to use the time for something way cooler!
While many brides spend hundreds and even thousands on a beautiful wedding dress, Chi was going to make her own with just $30 of materials. You wouldn’t believe that the dress only cost her $30 and since she was doing it on her commute time, it didn’t take up any of her precious free time. What an ingenious idea!
The dress was practically free because I didn’t spend much money on it (under $30 for all of the materials including fabric for the lining) and I didn’t spend much extra time on it.
Crotchet is a technique that involves interlocking strands of yarn or thread with a crotchet hook. Thanks to the process being much quicker than knitting, this allowed Chi to fit the work into just 50 minutes per day across five months. The end result is absolutely stunning.
My commute time couldn’t be used for anything else, anyway. The dress is also machine washable (I’ve washed it several times), doesn’t wrinkle or need any special care, and I plan on wearing it again with linings of different colors and with the train bustled up in different ways.
I think the most important thing to remember if you’re going to have a wedding is that there is no right way or wrong way to do it. Your wedding should be about you, your partner, your family and friends.
We agree wholeheartedly Chi Krneta! Your wedding dress manages to look beautiful and is something that will last you a lifetime. Just by reusing some spare time she wasn’t using for anything, she has created something truly unique and may be used even by her children!
I would certainly pass the dress onto my future children if they wanted it.
Be sure to check out Chi Krneta’s process of creating her dress in the stop motion video below. It’s incredibly inspirational! I might have to pick up some DIY projects myself!
Tell us what you think! Is her dress beautiful? Are there any DIY projects you want to pick up thanks to this story? Be sure to tell us below!