Tutu Part Two

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This isn’t my first tutu post here and it certainly isn’t my last. Tutus are just great. They make people happy. And they are super easy to make. Somehow the subject came up in my mom’s classroom and she kind of jokingly asked me if I would come teach her girls how to make their own while I was in town. I was thrilled to spread the tutu love! I’ve worked in an elementary school before and have always loved helping out in my mom’s classrooms, so I was really looking forward to it. I brought in their color requests on a warm, yet rainy Friday and we got to work. My sister and grandma (who was also visiting) came and helped keep the tulle strips coming – those girls were fast workers! We had less than an hour to work, but they made some good progress. The girls were so sweet and fun to hang out with. And they made some pretty awesome color selections!

I’ve always known what a good teacher my mom is, but I was definitely reminded during this activity. She has a small class of kids that just need a little extra attention to get on grade level. She treats them just like any other kids in the school though and really cares about them on an academic and personal level. I could tell how much they appreciated getting to do special activities. Especially after working so hard all year! Anyway, I could go on and on about all the great things she does for her kids (being that I am also one of her kids), but instead I will leave you with a few pictures of our fun afternoon! And if you’re interested in my first tutu DIY, here it is!

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I knew we would get along great when I got their pink and animal print requests!

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Her face was much happier than her hand

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Yeah, they had cake and punch before we arrived…grrrr

DIY Ballerina Tutu!

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Hi guys! I’ve been a little busy traveling and even though it’s been less than a week, I’ve really missed blogging! I made this tutu as a Christmas gift to my sister because she’s taking a ballet class on her campus this semester (for fun!). I set her up with a little ballet outfit and let her pick out the materials for the most important part. I made a black and white one a few years ago for a halloween costume, so I was super excited to make a pretty, pink one! This method couldn’t be any easier, which makes it even easer to justify making tutus for adults. I think all of us girls should have one! Whether you’re actually taking a class, or you just want something to make you feel pretty while you dance around your room – make one!

I learned how to do this through watching videos. Here is a quick and helpful one that I just found. I can’t remember which videos I watched the first time I did this, but I like this one! I’m going to send it to my sister to see if she would rather turn hers into a little shorty like theirs!

DSC_1275This is all you need! I got 2 yards of each tulle color and 3 yards of ribbon so I could have a nice bow in the back.

DSC_1307Before you get started, play with your tulle and admire how pretty it is. Then take some pictures. (hehe just kidding, you don’t have to, but why not?)

DSC_1310Cut tulle into strips. I made mine about two inches wide, but you can do them wider or narrower. Just depends on the look you prefer.

DSC_1314Start tying your knots! It does get old pretty fast, so either do it with some buddies, or be prepared with some entertainment! I started with the darkest color and then added in a pattern of the lighter.

DSC_1416Keep tying and adjusting the tulle until it fits around your waist. Secure it with a pretty bow in the back and start prancing!

DSC_1394This is a long, fluff ball version, which I think is really fun. I’m planning on trying out a different method that produces a more elegant look soon!

DSC_1401My sister went out of town before I got the chance to have her model it. So, here I am in my bunny slippers!

74514_928566288653_4190128_nPS Here’s a peek at the other end of the tutu spectrum! My halloween costume from a few years ago. I wanted this one to look really flowy and spooky. I used some extra tulle for a giant hair bow!