Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall Scrap Tutu & Turkey Shirt

Howdy Ho my friends! How is your week going?!?! Can I just tell you...I wish you were just sitting right here in my living room with me, next to my {electric :) } fireplace, sipping hot apple cider, helping me plan my Thanksgiving menu! (I'm actually not really at this moment doing any of those things...I'm really bundled up in sweats and slippers, eating a mint oreo cookie shake that my husband just made for me, sitting at the cluttered computer desk in my bedroom, wishing I was snuggled in bed watching Once Upon A Time on hulu...but if YOU were here we'd be in the living room because my bedrooms a mess and hot cider is debatedly better than ice cream.)

I wish we could all just craft together and chat and laugh and be friends in *real* life! I love creating projects and writing up tutorials and blogging, but I wish I was talking TO YOU rather than to the computer. You know what I mean right?! Oh my dear sweet bloggy friends (AND those of you who know me in *real* life!) I love that-even though I can't see your faces and know you for realz too-we're friends and I appreciate your comments and support!

Anywho...just know I really do care about YOU (even though I'm not exactly sure who YOU might be-but I see you come and visit through my Feedjit reader and it makes me happy :) ) and am so happy you stop by to see what's going on here! Thank you!

So....did you guess yesterday that all those scraps of fabric might be for a skirt?!

After all the crazy projects I've been doing with fabric over the last couple months I have quite the little stash built up sooooo I decided to throw all the leftover scraps (well the ones that had any remote relation to the fall color family) together and make a scrap tutu for my little one. (gosh she's almost THREE can I still call her my little one?!)

I made one for her for Halloween as well, but didn't have time to post it during October. I made it the same way, but added some purple, green, orange and black tulle to this one to make it a little more spunky for Halloween.

You see the tulle tutu's ALL over, but the fabric ones are a little more rare so I like that! This was a great way to use up some of that fabric leftover from my pumpkins and crates so nothing goes wasted!! When I bought the elastic for the Halloween skirt there was enough in the package (1 1/4 yard for about $1.50) for me to make 2 skirts so I was pretty excited to do this fall one! :) If you want to make one too, here's how I did it...!

1. Take 1" thick elastic and measure around your child's waist. Cut and then use a safety pin to connect the two ends to create a band.
2. Cut lots, and lots, and lots of fabric into strips. Mine are about 1.5"x18-20'. (I cut them all different lengths).

3. Fold the fabric strip in half so the two ends touch. Pull the folded end under your elastic band.

4. Pull up the two ends together and tuck them into the loop and pull up.

5. Then pull the strip downward to tighten and make sure it touches right against the last strip of fabric you tied on so there are no gaps of white elastic showing.

**TIP**:It's much easier to make a nice FULL skirt when you place the elastic band around your thigh while tying on the strips b/c this stretches the elastic giving you more room to add more fabric!

When it's done it'll be nice and tight and full of color! This is what the inside of your band should look like. If you see any gaps or white peeking out at you just tie on another strip, the more the merrier!


I had wanted to make some sort of shirt for her to wear with the skirt, but I didn't want to spend any money so I was DELIGHTED when I came across Jennifer's blog, Delightfully Noted, and she had a cute little FREE turkey printable iron on available. I printed it right off and ironed it onto a plain white shirt the little miss had in her closet. (you could use it to iron on to cloth napkins, an apron, a shirt, a towel, etc!)

And to make it just a wee bit more girly (and b/c I can't help but bling up anything I get my hands on) I added a few colored rhinestones I had by simply sticking a glue dot to the rhinestone and pressing it onto the shirt. I haven't tried washing it you think they will stay on in the wash?

The little miss loves it and it was free free free so I love it too! :)

Oh Thanksgiving...won't you come soon?! I'm waiting for you...

Thanks for reading! I'll be back tomorrow with quite possibly the simplest thing I've ever made See ya then! :)

Linking up to these great parties as well as:
The DIY Show Off


cnelson said...


meijo's JOY said...

Pinning this .... soooo cute and easy! You are the best!

Midwestern Gone Idahoan said...

Great!!! I love it!!

Jessica :) said...

Love the rhinestone addition. It really adds to that turkey. And the tutu is darling! I'm not sure I've really seen scrap ones around at all. This makes me excited for when my daughter gets into dress up. So fun!
Also, I loved your opening paragraphs. That sounds like a delightful thing to do to me! :)

Kirsten said...

This is awesome! My daughter will love it! Thanks for sharing!

Just Jaime said...

SO cute! I wish we would have crafted together when we lived so closeby.

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric scrap tutu! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to make one for my 20 month old daughter!

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric scrap tutu! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to make one for my 20 month old daughter!

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric scrap tutu! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to make one for my 20 month old daughter!

Ann McLeod said...

love this!Going to make one for my 1 yr old tonight!!!!

Shay said...

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Anonymous said...

Super cute!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

Your little girl is such a dollie! Super cute. I love her thanksgiving outfit! I love the scrap fabric tutu!! Visiting from TT&J and want to invite you to link up at my fashion linky party. It's called DIY Diva Thursdays and we party every Th-M :)


AUsome mom said...

This sounds pretty simple and something I can totally do. I have a granddaughter that is 3 & another on the way (so excited!) so I need to learn yjis quickly. Now a couple of questions....1) about how many scraps did you use? 2) Do you sew the elastic together? I see where you said to pin it, but do you sew it together before adding any scraps? Thanks for your help :)


Carmella said...

Oh my goodness this is the cutest thing ever! I love it!

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

I first fell in love with this when I saw the Christmas Scrap tutu on Pinterest. I love yours, so darn cute and with the tome turky top. Well done. Sharing this on my COM-FB page. winks, jen

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Hmm, though I commented, but said there was an if this is a double, sorry :) ADORABLE! Perfect for Turkey Day!! Thanks for linking it up with us, we appreciate YOUR support ;) Have a super, fun, warm Thanksgiving Day!!

Ty and Whitty said...

Oh my goodness i love it. I will for sure be pinning this. Thank you for sharing and Thank you so much for linking up to last weeks show and share. Make sure to come back and link up this week with your latest project.

A mommy's life...with a touch of yellow

Cheeky D said...

adorable...what a sweet idea.

Grandma Bonnie said...

Beautiful and very creative. i want to try and make one for my granddaughters. Thanks for sharing.
Stopping by from the Creative Bloggers Hop. Hope you stop over for a visit. Happy Thanksgiving.

Kara said...

Love! Love! Love! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Friday!! I'm totally inspired by you.

Anonymous said...

This is so sweet! Oh for a little girl to make one for!

Andrea said...

Wow! How stinkin' cute is this! I have to pin it!!! This is perfect:) I am seriously loving your post! It is so informative and I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable ( I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday!

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Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

This whole ensemble is too stinken cute! I'm so thrilled to see my little Turkey Tom going to such good use and I loooovvveee how you added the bling! Eek!! LOVE!!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

I featured you! Happy Thanksgiving :)


Alisa and Sky said...

So cute! Love it!!

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric scrap tutu skirts! I'm going to make my first one this weekend with Christmas fabrics for my 21 month old. I hope it turns out at cute as yours!

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