Monday, November 25, 2013

Tutu Too Cute!

I love this time of year! I love the holidays, the smells, the colder weather, the food and the crafting! For some reason, I love to make as many Christmas gifts as possible and I never start any projects until November. This year I decided I wanted to make tutus for a few of the sweet little women in my life. I saw a tutorial that used headband ribbon as the base. I would love to give credit where it is due, but apparently I did not bookmark the website and now I can't find it again, so unfortunately, there is no link. Its very easy and the outcome is so adorable! 

I went to Hobby Lobby and got the headband ribbon in the fabric area at 50% off. I had no idea there were so many colors of headband ribbon, however I went with the black. I also got my tulle there.  The first 2 tutus I made were newborn size, so I cut the tulle in 12 inch strips and then cut the strips down the middle length-wise. The tulle I bought was on 6 inch spools so my strips were 12 x 3 inches. I cut around 50 or 60 per tutu. I cut the headband ribbon at 15 1/2 inches.

I folded the tulle strips in half and then inserted the bottom row of holes in the headband ribbon. I used simple slip knots and pulled them tightly so they wouldn't come loose. I did the entire bottom row of the headband with black tulle, leaving only a few spaces open on each side so that I could sew it together at the end. 

I wanted to add hot pink to this tutu so I cut my tulle strips the same size as the black but I added them in every other hole on the second row.  This is where you can be creative and do whatever color combination you want and you can add as much tulle as you want. I added one more row of black tulle spread out every other hole, to add more fluff and I really liked the outcome. 

I was so excited I decided to make a red one!

Once I was finished I just sewed the loose ends together by hand with black embroidery floss. This was super easy project and I can't wait to give them as gifts! 

Here's another tutorial to make tutus with ribbon that I want to try and she has the sizes for the waist and length as well.

Hopefully soon, I'll make matching headbands.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gobble Gobble!!

I found this cute turkey wreath on Pinterest and decided to try and make my own.
Thanksgiving Decorations

I started with a plain foam wreath and covered a about a third of it with brown yarn. I used hot glue to hold the yarn in place at the beginning at end. This was my first time working with Tulle, so I got to go to Hobby Lobby to pick some up. The Tulle was on sale this week, so I picked it up at 50% off! Woo hoo!  I try to check Hobby Lobby's ads before I go...they always have great sales and if something isn't on clearance this week, it probably will be next week.

I am really bad about measurements, so I just kinda eye balled this and cut the first piece of Tulle as a worked perfectly, so I used it as the measurement for all other pieces. I would say the strip were between 12 and 14 inches. I wanted orange to be the main color so I put 2 strips of orange then one strip of the red and yellow. 

I basically tied the Tulle strips on by making a loop and pulling the ends through the loop. This was easy for me and I did it while watching a movie. You could also tie them by just making knots, but I thought it was easier this way. I didn't have any Styrofoam cones so I try a few different corks out until I found the one I liked best for a nose. The eyes (ping pong balls) and the nose are just hot glued on. I used red ribbon as the Turkey's Wattle (which I've been calling a Gobble until now) - it is also hot glued on to the cork nose.

I'm so happy with my little turkey! It looks a little different than the one on Pinterest, but it's super cute! 

We will be hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year, so I will be working on decorations for the next few weeks!

Monday, November 4, 2013

New to the blogging world

Hello all! I am new to the blogging community but I will be using this blog to share some of my crafts and toddler fun!