Is there anything more adorable than a baby in a tutu? How about a baby in a tutu that’s wearing pearls?
When I found out that my sister and brother-in-law were having a girl I was so excited. Little girls mean big bows and colorful tutu’s! I couldn’t wait to try my hand at making her cute outfits and figuring out how to make obnoxiously big headbands with bows (still working on that part!).
For my sister’s baby shower, I decided to make her a tutu that would go with necklace onesie. One of my friends, Amy, had done a tutu tutorial on her blog, The Adventures of AmyEmu a while back so that was what I used as a reference.
- 3 spools of tulle (white, paris pink, and rosette colored) from fabric.com
- a crocheted headband from Joann Fabrics
- a large piece of cardboard (15″ long)
- 2 large rubber bands (not pictured)
Since my headband was wide, I knew that I would need a lot of tulle to fill it in. So, I wrapped the tulle around the cardboard about twenty times (not too tight because you will have to cut it later on!). I did this will all three spools and still had plenty of tulle left over if I needed more (and I did).
When I was done wrapping, I took the two rubber bands and placed one at each end of the cardboard to keep the tulle in place while I was cutting.
Once all my pieces were cut I could finally start tying them to the headband. Word around the blogosphere is that the easiest way of tying the tulle to the headband was to wrap the band around your leg. Well, I tried that but it kept slipping off! What should have taken me an hour or so to do was quickly turning into an all day project.
By this time I was getting extremely frustrated by the lack of progress I was making. The headband kept sliding off my leg and it was taking too much time to try to figure out how to keep it there long enough for me to finish the tutu.
The solution came from a phone call to Chris’ parents. His mom (who is super crafty) told me to put the headband around a small, round trashcan. Lightbulb! That was such a genius solution! So after I thanked her and we hung up, I got back to work with the trashcan subbing in for my knee.
The work went much faster after I started using the trashcan. To me, the best part was being able to easily turn it so I could work on different areas of the tutu. I also loved that the headband wasn’t slipping off every five seconds. Seriously, who would’ve thought to use a trashcan? Pure genius I tell you.
When all was said and done I only filled in a little more than 3/4’s of the headband. The reason being was that I almost ran out of tulle, and the tutu didn’t really need anymore fluff to it. It has the perfect amount of fullness to it and hopefully won’t overwhelm my niece once she gets here. I can’t wait to see her in it!
One of my other weaknesses when it comes to tutu’s are large butt bows. So I added one.
What do you guys think? Are you into the whole tutu fad?
My niece was born in July and they had a small photoshoot with her once she arrived. They took so many cute pictures of her and the proud parents, and they took a few with her in the tutu! Here is one of my favorites of her in the tutu…