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I love creating …I LOVE having a finished product (unless the project lasts too long, as my husband points out!) Creating is what I miss most about teaching. What a great job for someone like me it starts in August and ends in June…ends that is the best part…what other job ends, a complete circle. To fill the creative void I have become much more crafty thus this months project: The Tutu!

What you will need:

Good pair of scissors
Needle and thread
6-7 yards of Tulle ($9)
2 yards of 2-3 inch satin ribbon ($2.50)
1 yard of 1 inch satin ribbon (Same color as above) ($1.50)
3 spools of 3mm or 6mm ribbon ($1.50)
1 large silk flower ($1.50)

Total Cost: $16
**It is the details and the amount of tulle I use that increases the cost. You could do it for less.

tutu 2009 0191. Lay out the tulle folding it at a seam and measuring @12.5 inches out and cut creating one large folded section. (Make sure there is a seam at one end so that if you were to open up the tulle it would measure @25 inches total length)

tutu 2009 0182. Cut that tulle section into 2-4inch wide sections and pile them together. (2-4 inch wide X 25 inch length) Cut the remainder of tulle and all other colors following the same measurements. When completed you should have separate piles of each color you chose. I recommend choosing at least 5 colors. Even if you want an all pink tutu choose different pinks to add depth. I chose the flower first and the colors to compliment.

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tutu 2009 0243. Lay out your 1 yard of 2-3inch ribbon. Start in the middle and work out to each side. Loop the tulle around the ribbon and through the whole and pull tight. Continue process alternating colors as desired. The waist of the tutu should be about 18-22 inches for a one-three year old. The fuller you make the tutu the more it will stretch out over time to accommodate size changes.

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4. Take the 1 inch satin ribbon that matches the belt cut into two 24 inch length strips. Tie one at each end of the tutu adding more ribbon on the front when tied.

5. Cut 24 inch strips of the spool ribbon and tie in various sections throughout the tutu. This adds color, texture and depth. **To stop ribbon from fraying swipe clear nail polish on the ends or spray with a strong hairspray.

6. Finally, sew  the large silk flower onto one end. Make sure you sew into the belt ribbon and the petals of the flower making it as secure as possible.

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tutu tutorial 001**I created a matching tulle hair clip to complete the pouty ballerina look!
6 yards of tulle, 2 hours of time, $16 project: The Pictures …PRICELESS!

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For over two years I have been clicking onto Paperseed daily in hopes of a new entry. My friend Emily was the only person I knew who did this blogging thing whatever that was. What I did know was that she had wonderful taste, creative ideas and an enjoyable style of writing that I always looked forward to reading. As time went on I began to wish that I had the time to begin my own site. In many ways I owe this site to her…

As a designer Emily can always be counted on to add little details to everything she does, making it extra special. Hand written notes on cards she designed, craft ideas with her wonderful sense of aesthetic, beautiful packaging…

This past weekend I was once again impressed as she presented Ava with a little birthday surprise. Creatively packaged in a plastic paint can (so cute and a great toy!) was a hand painted t-shirt and socks. Both the t-shirt and socks were created with a hand made butterfly stencil and painted in what Emily knew was my favorite color. Eger to learn this wonderful craft Em gave me a brief tutorial on just how easy it was. Since her site does not have this tutorial I was able to find one on Tangled and True. I cannot wait to try it out!

Thank you Em for always inspiring my creativity!

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