DIY No-Sew Tutu

We've hit the "dark ages" as we call them around here. While it's not terribly cold here in South Texas, it does get dark pretty early & we are forced to get creative with inside activities. Imaginary play is one of our favorite ways to pass the time & what better way than to play princesses! :) We like props–especially DIY props–so here is one of my favorites! I took these pictures back on Halloween, but have recently made tutus in every color of the rainbow–pink, purple, orange…they are well loved & a breeze to do! They just take a little bit of time.           Here's how! 

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SUPPLIES

  • ribbon (2-3 yards, about a half inch to 3/4 wide)
  • scissors
  • tulle (if using spools like below, about 3 spools at 10 yds each OR on the bolt, about 5 yds)
  • a bread knife
  • cardboard (between 10-18 inches long)

*If you are more of a "watch it" not "read it" kind of gal, there is a video at the end. ;)

1) Begin by making a knot about a foot into the piece of ribbon. Measure the ribbon around the little girl's waist, tying another knot to mark the circumference of her waist, leaving another foot of ribbon at the end. Knot to knot should wrap around the child's waist perfectly, with a foot of ribbon on each end to tie a pretty bow. 

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2) Next, take your spool of tulle & use the bread knife to cut it in half.

3) Wrap the tulle around the piece of cardboard until you run out. My cardboard piece was 10 inches long. You can make yours shorter or longer, but this will be the length of your tutu, waist to knee. 

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4) Cut the tulle that you have wrapped, which will produce a bunch of pieces that are the same length. I like to cut mine at an angle, resulting in a pointy edged tutu, but you can cut it straight across if you'd prefer. 

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5) Next you are going to tie the tulle pieces to the ribbon. Take one strip of tulle & fold it in half.

6) Feed the tails of the tulle through the loop, around the ribbon. & pull tight. Repeat.                 If you need a visual, watch the video–it's much easier to show than to photograph.

7) Continue to tie the tulle to the ribbon, sliding the pieces as tight together on the ribbon as you like. 

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Other things you can do:

  • mix colors during or after, by sliding the tulle on the ribbon & adding little pops of color in.
  • add patterned/textured ribbon to the tutu in the same way that the tulle is attached.
  • add a bigger bow to the back.
  • make extra long for a real princess effect.
  • experiment with the different kinds of tulle–"shiny" or "glitter" or "flat"
  • make as gifts for little girls for special occasions. add a crown & a wand and your gift will be a huge hit! My nieces are getting fairy kits for Christmas. :)
  • what else??

Here is our finished spider princess tutu. :) 

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glitter tulle is not the easiest to work with & it does get sticky (as in, it does not really "float" or lie flat) but it sure is pretty!

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 We had quite a battle to get if off on Halloween…so I do believe there will be more of these in our future, just for everyday play around the house! :)

Do you need to watch instead of read? Well here's a video tutorial showing you how to make a no-sew tutu. Enjoy! & if you are feeling like putting on a show (or delighting in the imagination of your kiddos)          I think these would pair SO nicely with the Home Sweet Play Home.

I would have LOVED this as a little girl! My own stage! & tutu! DREAMY!

 

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Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood at styleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab..

Melt my Heart Decorations

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Valentine’s Day, in my opinion is the very best day for crafting. The color palette bursts with poppy reds, hot pinks, juicy oranges and purples…from grape candy to dark plum.

Then there is the heart, which in this project will symbolize the love of “getting crafty with it!” These waxy creations look stunning when the light shines through. They are so easy, you’ll fall in love!

Supplies

Wax paper (12 x 16” sheets)

Crayons

Sharpener

2 large paper bags

Iron

Pinking shears or scissors

Hole punch

Yarn or String

1.    Remove the paper from your crayons, and determine your colors.

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2.    Sharpen a small handful of different colored crayons and distribute evenly on one side of the wax paper.

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3.    Fold the wax paper over, creating a “sandwich.”

4.    Lay down a brown paper bag on your ironing surface. Then place the wax paper “sandwich” on top of it.

5.    Protect your iron by using the 2nd paper bag to cover everything.

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6.    On medium heat, carefully iron in a circular motion, but not too long!

7.    Set the iron aside and slowly peel back the brown bag. Check to see if all the shavings have melted. Repeat to make several sheets.

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8.    After the sheets have completely cooled, cut a heart shapes with your pinking shears or scissors.

9.    Punch a hole and string yarn through.

10.  Hang your beauties in the window!

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By Cara Reche

When young, Cara had two imaginary friends. As their friendship grew, so did her imagination. Cara loves to “get crafty with it” and is the Associate Art Director at the Land of Nod.

Inspiration to Crib

Inspiration can come from so many places, and in so many ways- it can be a mood, a color, a feeling, a texture, an item. I always have my eyes peeled (and my camera ready) for something to strike me.

The below two images were the jumping off points for our new Clothes Make the Crib- Boy’s Bedding Set. I loved the contrast colors and somewhat grayed out hues of the below kitchen.    It is an updated- more modern color palette and something different than the go to of navy or light green for Nursery.

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This reference is something I’ve kept around for a long time. I love the mix of multiple patterns. To me- it just reads BOY. The combination of plaids, gingham, stripes and solids used in the set where derived from this idea of pattern play. 

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Though there are a lot of patterns in this set- it has been designed to mix and match to suit your taste and style. A gingham fitted sheet and plaid bumper is too much for you? Try a light blue striped fitted sheet or a solid. You can mix in several different styles of rug and room décor options to give this set a funky modern or truly traditional spin.

I also love that we went a bit untraditional with the knitted blanket instead of a quilt. Throw it over a rocker, use it when your snuggling, this blanket adds texture to the set and is very user friendly!

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By Sarah Culbertson
Once upon a time a fashion plate from Seattle met a childrens retailer from Chicago, and it was love at first sight.  After spending a lot of time together at the mall, they both knew it was a perfect match. So Sarah packed up her fabulous Kate Spade suitcase and headed for the Windy City. Where they lived happily ever after, designing and developing textiles for little kiddos everywhere.

 

Monkey Cupcakes & Toppers

Hello again from Becca of CAKE.

Last week my office celebrated a co-worker with a 'little monkeys' themed baby shower and lunch.  His wife is having twin girls, so I decided to have some fun with a purple and yellow color scheme.  Since there wasn't much space to decorate at the restaurant, we brought in a few stuffed monkeys, balloons and baby bottle centerpieces for the tables {in retrospect we should have filled them with banana candy, but all I had on hand was lemon}.  Naturally I baked cupcakes for dessert, and what better flavor for a monkey party than banana, right?

This indulgent recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting was simply to die for.  The cupcakes themselves were moist & rich, and paired with the frosting they were over the top delicious.  I highly recommend giving them a try.

I also designed some simple toppers, and though I doubt many of you will have a chance to throw a shower for twin girls… I'm happy to share them with you HERE.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

adapted from Bon Appetit

Ingredients

-1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

-1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-2 very ripe large bananas, peeled

-1/2 cup sour cream

-1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

-3/4 cup sugar

-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

-1 large egg

-1 large egg yolk

-10oz semisweet chocolate chips

 

Directions

1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F.

2.Line 12 standard (1/3-cup) muffin cups with paper liners.

3. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend.

4. Mash bananas with fork in another medium bowl until smooth.

5.Mix sour cream and vanilla into bananas.

6. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

7. Add egg and egg yolk and beat until well blended.

8. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with banana-sour cream mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating just until blended after each addition.

9. Add chocolate chips and stir by hand.

10. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups (generous 1/4 cup for each).

11. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center of each comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack and let cool completely.

 

Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients

2 cups powdered sugar

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup smooth peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned or freshly ground)

 

Directions

1. Sift powdered sugar into large bowl.

2. Add cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter.

3. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until smooth.

4. Spread frosting over top of cupcakes, dividing equally.

Tip: Frosting can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Download cupcake toppers HERE.

Post by Becca : www.cakeeventsblog.com