One Month

We have one month to go before our Race For Life event. We have exceeded our sponsorship target, which is great, but we won’t say no to more donations! So please do donate if you haven’t done so already.

I’ve made Emmas tutu today. I still have to make my one to go with it.  

 

Yes, it’s multicoloured. I chose to do multiple colours to represent the awareness ribbons of cancers that have affected us, as well as our family and friends.

Hodgkins, Cervical, Prostate, Bone and Thyroid cancers. I also put some silver in there to represent awareness for mental health diseases.

Emmas tutu also has 2 black streaks (mine will not as I’ve run out of black tulle!) these are for my grandad Michael and our friend Sarah; two people who we have lost to this awful disease.

I’ll be back with photos of my tutu, and a tutorial to show how I made it as well!

In the meantime, please share and donate, and come down to Kempton Park on June 20th to watch Emma and I do our 5k event.

No Sew Tutu Dress

I saw the cutest little dress on Pinterest and after seeing that it costed around £25, I thought, hmmmm…wonder if I could do that.

So (as always happens) I delved further and further into the Pinterest rabbit hole and found a few tutorials for no sew tutu dresses and they looked easy enough and sure enough they were!

They were however time consuming, but I suspect once you got into the groove you could complete a basic one in under an hour. The most time consuming part (in my opinion) was cutting the tulle.

What you need is

~ Tulle
~ an elasticated crotchet tube top
~ decent pair of sharp scissors
~ measuring tape
~ ribbon (optional)
~ gems/flowers/headband (optional)
~ patience

First what you want to do is decide how long you want the skirt of your dress to be. If you want it to be 12 inches long, then cut your tulle strips at 24 inches long.

The tulle I purchased was in 6 inch wide reams. I cut the required length and then cut the strips in two lengthways.

Secondly what you want to do is to stretch your crotchet top over something, like the back of a chair. I was using a 7×9 inch top and so it was a little too small for the back of our chairs, so I improvised and used the lid from my husbands lego container.

Once you’ve got your strips of tulle and your crotchet top secure in place then you can start attaching the tulle to the top. (See steps 1-5 in photos)

Step 1 – Fold your tulle length in half (lengthways)

Step 2 – place the top of the folded tulle into one of the holes at the bottom of your crotchet top. You’ll need to go it from the underneath, so that the tulle comes on on the top of the crotchet top.

Step 3 and 4 – you’ll now have a loop at the top, and 2 attaching pieces of tulle at the bottom. Pull the 2 pieces of tulle up and through the loop at the top.

Step 5 – pull to tighten the loop.

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Then repeat steps 1 to 5 until you’ve filled the entire bottom row of the crotchet top.

Move on to the next row above and continue until you’re happy with the final product.

Once you’ve done, you can use a ribbon to attach straps to the top of the tutu dress. You can also use gems and flowers to embellish your tutu top.

The finished product!

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I purchased my tulle and crotchet tops from Raindrops Boutique