Tutu Too Cute!

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Dear Diary,

Growing up, I was obsessed with weddings!  I was always so fascinated by the decor, the details and especially the dresses. I desperately wanted to be a flower girl. It really was my goal in life! As I got older and realized that I was starting to grow out of adorable flower girl age appropriateness, I began to panic. Was I seriously not going to be one?  Thankfully, another wedding came along just in time – my uncle Randy & aunt Liz were tying the knot.  I was 7 1/2 years-old, and I couldn’t wait to accept my role as flower girl! Finally! Thank God, my cuteness wasn’t going to go to waste. Sigh…

Wait, what?! I’m sorry, you’re having a “small wedding” without any frills or (gasp) a FLOWER GIRL?! Cue morose dream crushing music. But I wasn’t going out without a fight.  I would fool people into thinking I held the title of flower girl. I showed up to their big day wearing a poofy, bedazzled white satin dress (my mom drew the line at the tiara and lace gloves…bitch), and made my way into literally every photo and even almost caught the bouquet! I practically convinced myself I was a flower girl! It only makes sense that I would make weddings my job! (I was just shadowing the wedding photographer so I would know what to do in 20 years.)

Cut to the present.  This insane childhood desire to be in weddings may have put the wrong thing into the universe, because now I’ve been in a lot of weddings (several each year in fact).  Should I be worried that my life parallels Katherine Heigl’s in 27 Dresses? Closet space in LA is hard to come by, and mine has a large section dedicated to bridesmaid dresses (that I can “totally wear again”).

In honor of the approaching wedding season and of several of my friends reproducing, I felt like I should do a DIY for all you mommas, moms to be, or anyone looking to make a fun costume. TUTUS! How precious to have your flower girl wearing a tutu?!

Recently, my friend’s niece was asked to be a flower girl and she said, “No thank you, I want to be a butterfly!” – Hava. How sweet is that? But really kid, don’t turn down the opportunity, not everyone is so lucky! I think a tutu would go perfectly with her little butterfly wings coming down the aisle! (Love you, Hava girl)

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 My cousin Sam, Aunt Liz and I.

We both look annoyed with each other. Sam on the other hand was happy to escape any ring bearer duties…

IMG_3421 I would literally not let the bride and groom out of my sight!

I even insisted on staying and watching the other side of the family take photos… by myself. Don’t believe me?!…

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This one is pretty embarrassing… I practically cut their cake for them! I’m sorry Liz and Randy…

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Sure, I’ll make a toast…

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I wasn’t lying about the bouquet toss either. Maybe if I didn’t wear such puffy sleeves I would have had better arm mobility?!

INSTRUCTIONS – DIY TUTU!

Need:

*A couple yards of tulle (1 yard works fine for kids)

*Ribbon

*Scissors

1. Cut the ribbon to fit around the waist, leaving around 15” on each side to tie a bow when you’re finished. Knot your ribbon
around 15” in on each side. (To show you where to tie on your tulle: inside the knots)

2. Lay your tulle on the floor and start folding 3” from the width end. Once it’s all rolled up, it should look like a tube. Cut about 1” off each end (discard or use to make something else) to even the sides out. Then cut 3” to 4” pieces along your tube. These roll out to be two long strips. Fold in half and cut in half. Do this once more. It should be around 15” long.

*This folding technique is just an easy way to cut the ribbon fairly straight without having to measure everything out. The pieces should end up being around 3” wide and 15″ long, which makes the finished tutu around 7 ½ ” long.

3. Make a “slip knot” with each strip of tulle onto the ribbon (in between the knots). This is done by taking a strip of tulle and folding it in half. Then, hold the loop and wrap the “tails” under the ribbon, pulling the “tails” through the loop and pulling tight around the ribbon. Try to keep the “tails” even. You can always trim them up later if you want a more precise look.

*You can add in ribbon or other fun materials like lace to create different textures. If you want a multi-colored tutu, just alternate different colors of tulle as desired. Create a pattern (ie. 5 pinks, 2 blues, 5 pinks, etc…) or just be random with it!

Tip: Tie one end of the ribbon to a doorknob, leg of a chair, etc… It makes securing the tulle on much easier.

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Comments

  1. Lacey says:

    Such a fun site!

  2. Brit says:

    nice post! i read your article and loved it!

  3. Camila says:

    Thank you PINTEREST for directing me here.

  4. Stacie says:

    this blog is great. keep it up, hugs.

  5. Andi says:

    this is nice post!

  6. Andrea says:

    good post keep posting…

  7. Dana says:

    really impressed! Your tutorial is very detailed. thanks for sharing. looking forward to more!

  8. Abella says:

    wow. great tips!

  9. Camila says:

    i’ll tell others to visit this.

  10. Ash says:

    Wow! Highly descriptive DIY – I enjoyed it, but will there be a part 2? I feel like you might need to add a video one :)

  11. Addison says:

    I just added this site to my rss reader, great stuff.
    Love your humorous writing style!

  12. Elsa says:

    This blog rocks. My future flower girl is ready to go now…

  13. Claudia says:

    Great diy. thank for sharing.

  14. Liz says:

    Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any points for newbie blog writers? I’d really appreciate it. Ps. You’re really funny!

  15. Jordyn says:

    Fantastic stuff, these are the types of posts that pave the way for budding bloggers. You’re on your way, Val.

  16. Sara says:

    I was recommended this website by my cousin. So glad she did.

  17. Tara says:

    This Tutu is definitely too cute!

  18. Marcy says:

    I love a good DIY! So doing this for my nieces!

  19. Tia says:

    So cute!

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