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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Don't Wipe Your Tushie With Tulle: A No-Sew Patriotic Tutu

People have told me that making tutus is super easy.  I didn't believe them of course, because sewing machines and I are NOT friends.  Not friends at all.

Sewing machines and I were frenemies for a semester or so back in high school.  I argued with a bobbin for awhile, fought with thread, and got a couple of cute teddy bears out of the deal, not to mention a tank top that was so scandalous that it made my mom gasp and that I never ended up wearing.

But then Pinterest happened.

And I saw a pin from Jackie and noticed that there was very little sewing involved.  I figured there had to be a way to cut that down to NO SEWING.

I went to Hobby Lobby and explained to the nice woman there that I had no idea how to even buy fabric, and she was wonderful and helped me pick out all this stuff:

My first few tries were duds.  First off, I just stuck whole strips of tulle through the stretchy ribbon instead of looping it through.

So I pulled them out and started over.  But this was fine with The Boonga, since it gave her time to play with the carpet tape.

My second mistake was that I spaced the tulle too far apart.  I went back and filled in each little square on the stretch ribbon.

This was also fine with The Boonga, since it gave her a chance to invade the 90%...Yes!  90% BAKING chocolate I had on the counter.  I won't even eat that stuff.

Did I mention that I don't sew?  I also don't measure.  So the first one turned out to be too small.  Which was also okay.

It gave The Boonga another chance to experiment more with the materials.  And use some of the nice white tulle to wipe her tushie afterward.

Why did she decide that her tushie needed wiping, and not the chocolate all over her shirt?  Who can really say.

Meanwhile, in my determination not to sew, I just tied the ends of the stretch elastic ribbon together.  I meant to buy some stick on velcro, but I forgot.

And the too small one wasn't a total loss, since she could wear it as a veil:

I hot glued on some little stars - some of them buttons and others little hang-y things I had found in the July 4th section at Hobby Lobby.  Finally, the correct size was finished!

The only problem was that she a little bit hated it.

Did I mention that I don't measure?  It was too long and she kept stepping on it.

So I wrestled with the scissors again and made it shorter.  Much better.

All said and done, it was tedious, but only because I started from scratch so many times.  If I had only done it once, I think this would be about a $10 project, maybe $15 at the outside.  And most importantly, NO SEWING!!!!

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Unknown said...

I actually bought my tulle by the roll at Wal-mart, I think it was 2$! I don't have a fabric store too close to me so that was the first place I looked. I LOVE how yours turned out though. Love seeing projects that I inspired :] And your little girl looks beautiful in it! I looked for little star embellishments like you have but couldnt find any unless I ordered online. I love the ones you got!

MarkD60 said...

I just looked at the pictures and didn't read the words.

Jill said...

Thank you Jackie! The stars were in with the buttons at Hobby Lobby - they weren't July 4th buttons, just individually in with the regular buttons by color.

You just made me laugh Mark! Of course, now you will never know why you shouldn't wipe your tush with tulle. But then...neither will I. :-)

Tracy said...

This turned out so cute, as well as your chocolate eating tushy wiping model ;)
My girls and I made these a few years ago for some photo shoots. You are never too old for a tutu, teehee.

Jill said...

Thank you Tracy! It's an oldie but goodie! :-)

Bruce Johnson said...

That seems like an awful lot of work for something that will probably only be worn once.

Jill said...

Bruce - the elastic is stretchy, so I think she'll be able to wear it next year too. And I figure she can get a wear out of it on Memorial Day. PLUS I teach preschool, so I'll be able to use it in class after that!!!! And, last but not least, now that I know what I'm doing, it would probably take me all of 20 minutes to make another. It was just clumsy getting to that point. :-)

Lisa Lewis Koster said...

Good for you for sticking with it! It's adorable!

Jill said...

Thank you Lisa! I think the second go round and I would get it done in 15 minutes flat, but this time took some doing. :-)

Anonymous said...

Cute tutu! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

I've never seen it made with that crochet headband thingy! Genius because anything no sew is a win in my book! Thanks for linkin to Sunday FUNday!

Jill said...

Thank you T'onna and Kristine! And Kristine, I can't really take credit for the headband idea - the Hobby Lobby sewing person suggested it!


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