Cinderella Tutu

Cinderella Tutu

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Our Very First Giveaway!!

To celebrate my first week of Glitter and Tulle Boutique Blogging, I'm giving away $50 in merchandise from my shop! That's right, one lucky winner will receive $50 to spend on anything in my etsy or Art Fire shop, including tutus, wreaths, boas, whatever you'd like. You can even use it for a custom order. All you have to do to enter is follow this blog. Every person that is following this blog by 9:00 PM Central time Sunday, December 16 will automatically be entered in the random drawing. What could be more simple than that? Encourage your friends to enter and maybe they'll buy you something if they win! I will also be doing another give-away starting Monday. This one will be for a tutu for your princess and one for a deserving child so check back to find out details. This one will give both of us the opportunity to spread some Christmas cheer! Thanks for visiting! Amy

Friday, December 14, 2012

Let's make a Tutu: a Tutu-Tutorial with Pictures!

In my opinion, the best thing about Christmas is watching your loved ones' faces light up as they open the "perfect" gift. For me, those perfect gifts have often been hand-made. My Grandma Imogene used to make me beautiful gifts for Christmas this year. So, you still have some time to make your little princess a beautiful hand-made tutu. Let's get started! You will need: app. 4 feet of ribbon (I prefer satin ribbon in 5/8 inch but just about any ribbon will do.) Length is app. because it will depend on the child's waist exactly how much ribbon you will need. app. 25 yards of tulle in any color(s) fabric tape measure (optional) caredboard (optional) scissors about 30-45 minutes. That's it! Step 1: Measure the child's waist. You can do this with the tape measure, or just use the ribbon. If you choose to use the ribbon, make a knot on each end where the two sides come together. So, you will have some ribbon (at least a foot) then a knot where you begin measuring, the length of the child's waist, and then another knot, followed by the rest of the length of the ribbon (again, I try to leave about a foot.) !
Step 2: Measure from the child's waist to where you would like for the bottom of the tutu to fall. This is actually optional. If you know you want a short tutu, then you'll just need to calculate for a 6 inch tutu. If you want it a little longer, 9 or 12 inches will work. I don't make any children's tutus over 24 inches and when I do, they are generally floor length on most 5T size children. Measuring is helpful but not essential. Step 3: Once you know how long, in inches, you want the tutu to be remember that you will want to double that number because your tutu needs to be at least 2 layers. So, if you want a 6 inch tutu, you will want to measure your tulle at 12 inches. Here's a tip: It is much faster to wrap the tulle around a pre-measured length of careboard and cut it that way. So, you would pre-measure 6 inches of cardboard, cut the cardboard to 6 inches, then wrap the tulle around the cardboard and then cut one end of the tulle. This will leave you with 12 inch lengths of tulle, which is exactly what you need to make a 6 inch tutu. Whether you choose to use the caredboard or not, measure and cut app. 60 lengths of tulle to the length you have decided upon. Step 4: Using a simple slip knot, tie the tulle around the ribbon. Fold the tulle in half. Make an opening at the fold (the half-way point of the tulle), place the fold behind the ribbon, and take both loose ends and slip them through the loop,around the ribbon. Pull tight. Now, the tulle is securely fastened to the ribbon and the ends are even.
Step 5: Slide the slip-knot completely down to the knot on one end of the ribbon. Step 6: Repeat until the ribbon is covered from one knot to the other. The amount of tulle it takes to cover the ribbon will depend upon a number of things: how long the ribbon is, how thick you want the tulle, how tightly you tie the tulle. Continue to add tulle until the tutu looks the way you had envisioned it.
Step 7: Use the ribbon you left on each end of the knot to tie a bow around your child's waist. As my two year old would say, "All done!"
Just a couple more tips: When I tie the ribbon on, I actually hold the loose end of the ribbon behind my knee because I can pull the knots in the tulle tighter that way. I also go back through and put a quick stitch in each knot of tulle to ensure it's not going to come off. Finally, I seal the ribbon with a candle to ensure that it won't fray. I hope you learned a lot from this first tutorial! Please message me or comment if you have any questions. You can buy these supplies from any craft store or even Wal-Mart. I also sell Tutu kits at my etsy store ( If this is just not up your alley or it seems too complicated, feel free to order one of my tutus and just tell people you made it--your secret is safe with me

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Year Book Ad

We are getting fancy in the advertising world now! This add will be running in the Liberal, Missouri High School Year Book! Go Bulldogs! Seriously, though, my little sister put this together and I think she did a great job!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Tutus!

I'm still taking custom orders! Which tutu would your little princess like to wear on Christmas Eve?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Design! "Boa-Bodice" Gown

Of course I love red and green for Christmas, but black and blue is so unexpected! The blue makes it perfect for winter while the black makes it elegant for evening. If you can see the top on my rolly-polly two year old, it's actually quite complicated and lovely. I used tiny pieces of tulle on ribbon, much the same way I make my boas, to create the "feathery" look of the bodice. This would not work on the sides or else the child wouldn't be able to put her arms down. So, I used ribbon on the sides and wove it through the crotchet elastic band. The skirt is six layers of black and blue tulle. It really is stunning and held up to Lucy rolling aroud! I can make it in any color, length, and size. Please visit my etsy site or message me if you have questions or would lilke to order.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Classroom door decorating contest

Of course, I had to do something with glitter and tulle! So we went with Sugar Plum Fairies. I might not win but the little girls love it!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Let's Work Some Magic!

Welcome to Glitter and Tulle Boutique! I make tutus--lots and lots of tutus!--and other handmade items to make little girls feel like princesses. Glitter and Tulle Boutique was born out of necessity. My two little girls had too many tutus and not enough closets. In order to continue to fund my crafting addiction, I opened an etsy shop. Little girls all over the country are turning into princesses right before our very eyes! I'm honored to have had the opportunity to get to know so many amazing families and to have created so many special items for incredible little girls. Through this blog, I hope to meet even more wonderful people. I will share my designs and some of my secrets. I'll post photos of my work and talk about how I created it. I also invite readers to become involved. I'd love to hear from you! I'll also be recommending products and other creative people's work. I'll be doing giveaways as well so check back often. Thank you for visiting! Now, let's go create something beautiful!