Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Shabby Chic Tutu {It's tu cute!}

Hello! I'm Amy from Living A Radical Life!
I am a wife of 13 years and I am the mother of two, Rori age 6 and Trent age 4.
 In January we began the amazing journey of adoption! 
Our third child, a baby girl, from Ethiopia.

I LOVE to craft, sew and be creative!
I am so excited to be here, as a contributor, to Women Who Do It All!

Today, I am going to share with you:

How to Make a Shabby Chic Tutu
a Shabby Flower & necklace!

Tutu Supplies
1 Bolt of Tulle {Ivory} (I used 25 yards)
Muslin (I had a scrap on hand. It measured 32 x34)
Woven, Non-Roll Elastic (this type of elastic, just works the best)

{Tutu How To}
Cut your tulle into equal lengths.
I cut mine 38” long. (I had 23 pieces)
Cut your elastic
I cut mine to 19” (my daughter is 6)
Sew the elastic together.
You can hand stitch it together or use your machine.
Tear the muslin into 1.5” strips. 
Mine were 34” long. (I had 24 pieces)

Step One:
I tied all of the tulle on first. 
I left the knot’s a little loose. 

That way,  I could adjust the tulle, as I added the muslin.

Step Two:

Step Three:
*TIP* It is helpful to place your finger on the elastic 
and hold it down as you pull on the tulle or fabric. 
This helps keep the elastic flat.

 And there is your knot!

 Next I tied on the muslin. (go in between the tulle pieces) 
I used the same knotting technic that I used with the tulle.

And here is how it should look when you are done!

{Flower How To}

Three graduated strips of fabric (apx 1", 2", 3").
Torn - not cut. So the edges have the "frayed" look.
Gather stitch, either by hand or on your sewing machine, to create a ruffle.

Three graduated (one lg, med & sm) satin pieces cut into a flower shape.
Melt the edges with a tea light to they curl up.

Layer to create the flower and glue each layer together. 
Add a giant button :) Cut a piece of felt into an hour glass shape. 
Place glue on one side and glue the felt in between a tulle and muslin piece.

{Necklace How To}

You will need:
Tulle (1" wide)
Muslin (1/2" wide)
Acrylic Beads (with a large hole)

Thread the tulle and muslin through the eye of a "Chenille" needle.

Thread the needle through the beads and tie a knot in between each bead.

Tie the ends together.
And you're done!

 A Happy little Princess.

Not too Shabby!

So Chic!
I hope you enjoyed today's post!
I'll be contributing twice a month!
See you next time!


  1. This is gorrrrrrgeous!! :D Awesome idea!

  2. These would be great flower girl dresses for a relaxed outdoor wedding! They are so cute!!

  3. This is really pretty :) a very well done tutorial too. Beautiful all around!

  4. Just beautiful!!!!!

  5. I love that! So adorable!!

  6. Thanks for all the kind words ladies! I am so glad you enjoyed the post! You have all made my day :) Thank you!

  7. Oh my goodness Amy that is SO sweet! I love the flower, it gives it such a vintage feel. I am definetly going to make one of these to use as a photo prop! Thanks for sharing and what a sweet family picture. I hope you get to bring your new little one home soon!

  8. So pretty .. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
    Can't wait to make one for my girl :o)
    Such a fun idea to use the fabric strips.
    You are just amazing.
    THANKS so much for sharing your "creations" with us.

  9. I will implement your technique in my designs. You have posted a complete technique step by step. I appreciate it.


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