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Christmas Tree Tutu Shirt Tutorial

HEY!! I have another tutorial for you! YAY!!!! πŸ™‚ And I will be adding in a couple of hair clips and another headband! πŸ˜‰

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This was SOOOOOO easy to make! I have been seeing shirts like this allll over Pinterest and thought that I would like to try it myself! πŸ˜‰ But then I had some red tulle and I just couldn’t resist adding it to the bottom! LOL

Here is what I used-

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A red shirt

Different types of green ribbon and white lace

3 yards of red tulle

3 yards of white tulle 6″ wide

1 yellow button

I promise that rickrack is a nicer color green… Not sure WHAT happened when I took these pictures! I realllllly need a camera other than my iPhone! LOL

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Line up your ribbons and laces in any order that suits you and cut both sides at an angle.

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Line up the ribbons and laces in order and pin! Then sew them on! πŸ˜‰ Easy peasy!

Next, sew your button to the top!

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Wrestle your tulle away from your cat…… SIGH….

I swear, I could put a wash cloth and the table and they would sleep on it!!!

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Now, fold over your tulle in half and then half again. Now it should be 3 yards long but wide enough for a tutu! πŸ˜‰

Next, run a gathering stitch alllllllll along the top of it!

Then you are going to pin it to the bottom of your shirt. Β With right sides together, slip the tutu over the shirt so that the top of the tutu will pin to the bottom of the shirt.

Next, sew it to your shirt! I used a zigzag stitch. πŸ˜‰

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Now, pin the white tulle to the sides of the shirt, just above the tutu. Sew just the sides!

This makes a lovely bow in the back!

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I wish I knew why the colors were off in the pics. 😦

ANYWAY…. on to the hair clips and headband. This is sooooo easy, though!

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I took red fingernail polish and painted over the clips.

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Then I used the polish to put decorations on the tree.

All the pieces that I used came from Walmart and were super cheap!!!

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Then I hot glued the pieces onto the clips! Viola!

I swear, I had NO CLUE that the colors looked so bad until I started playing with PicMonkey….. Then I went back and added another coat of red. I think the flash brings out the flaws! LOL


MUCH better with a 3rd coat!!!! LOL

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With this one, I just took a clear headband and hot glued the snowflakes on.

I told you it was easy! LOL

Now I want to show you some other projects that have been going on around here. πŸ˜‰

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The dress is one I made for my Cousin CJ. My aunt brought the fabric and pattern that she wanted. Then I added the headband. I just wrapped it in black ribbon like I did Cailey’s candy headband and then hot glued the black and white braid.

Here is the pattern that I used. I added the sparkly braid to the top and the black ribbon and bow to the bottom to give it a little extra umph! LOL


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And here is the necklace that Deanna made for Cailey to match her candy headband.

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I hope you like the tutorials! As always, let me know if you have any questions!!!! πŸ™‚ And let me know if you decide to make one of these!!! πŸ™‚


And for some reason the formatting on here is off kilter…. AGAIN!!! I wish I knew WHY it did that. Drives me nuts! I like nice spaces not everything crammed together. BLARGH!!!



Gingerbread Dress and Christmas Candy Headband Tutorials

I’m going to skip the Blogger Challenge today. I’m sure you won’t mind when you see the 2, yes 2!!! tutorials I have for you today! πŸ™‚



So, the first tutorial will be for the dress and then I will do the headband! That headband is so easy I am almost embarrassed about working up a tutorial for it…. LOL


Here is what I used:

1 shirt that fits your child well

1 yard of gingerbread men

3/4 yard of brown and white polka dots

1/4 yard of red for the sash

2 small pieces of 3/4″ elastic

2 ft of red and white polka dot ribbon

1 ft of red rickrack

3 small red buttons

1 cheap plastic head band

1 cheap plastic candy ornament

1 package of white bias tape (you can use ribbon or whatever)

hot glue gun



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Fold over the fabric you want to use for the bodice of the dress. Place the folded shirt on top. Cut around the shirt leaving excess all around for your seam allowance.



You will cut one back and one front. This is what they should look like.

Cailey is photo bombing! LOL




Now, take a straight edge and cut the front bodice piece right down the middle.







The bodice is fully lined so now you need to cut the lining using the bodice pieces you already have as a guide.

For the front bodice pieces it’s easier to just place them wrong sides together to cut.

The back bodice piece can be placed on the fold.




Now, we are going to cut the fabric for the bottom tier. Just cut 2 even lengths of the same fabric you are using for the bodice. Β You can make it as wide as you want depending on the height of your child and how long you would like the dress to be.

I made my cuts where the white lines are.




Now cut the top tier in your other fabric, making it the same width as the bottom tier.

You will only need one piece for this tier.




On to the sleeves! Now, I wanted short sleeves because it just is NOT that cold here in the DEEP South! LOL The length of the sleeve is all up to your preference, and any length will work just fine with the ruffle on the end. πŸ˜‰

Using one of your bodice pieces as a guide, place your folded fabric under the guide and cut, leaving about 1/2 below the arm place on the bodice, and cut straight across.




Now you are going to cut the piece that makes up part of the ruffle on the sleeve. Β Cut 2 pieces that are 4 ” wide and the same length as your sleeve is round.

In other words ________________ this way needs to be the same as the sleeve is when it is unfolded.

And 4″ this way Β  .



Make sense??? If not, just take a little peek at the picture at the top of the page and see how the sleeve is set up.

I am having a bad case of fibro fog today. BLECK!!!




Here are all the pieces that we have cut plus the red ribbon. πŸ™‚



Pin your back bodice pieces with right sides together.

Sew up everything but the bottom. You can sew the shoulders if you want to. I didn’t with this one.




Now, turn right side out and press!




Pin your front bodice pieces with right sides together. Sew everything together except the bottom.

Do the same to the other 2 front bodice pieces.




Turn right side out and press. Do the same to the other bodice piece! πŸ™‚




While your iron is still hot, go ahead and fold in half the long pieces for the sleeve edges and press.




Now, sew your front bodice pieces to your back bodice pieces at the tops and the sides.

Turn right side out and PRESS!!




Time to sew up the sleeve!




Take your ribbon and pin it to the edges of the fabric strips that you cut for the sleeve embellishment.




Turn the sleeve inside out and fold up the end 1 1/2″ and press. Turn the sleeve right side out and pin the ribbon and gingerbread strip inside of the edge of the sleeve. Sew in place.




Now you are going to sew the elastic casing in the end of the sleeve, leaving about 1″ for the elastic. Make sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic! πŸ˜‰




Turn your bodice inside out and slide the sleeve into the armhole, pin and stitch in place!




Turn everything right side out and press! πŸ™‚




Pin both ends of your elastic and either hold tightly to one end or pin it to you. πŸ˜‰

Insert the elastic into the casing.




Zigzag stitch the ends of the elastic.




Stitch the opening closed! πŸ™‚




Remove the cat from your work space! SIGH…….




Time for the buttonholes! BLECK!! I can’t stand my buttonholer. It only works right about 10% of the time…. :/ It did just ONE of the buttonholes on this piece. The other 2 I had to do myself. NOT fun but it can be done, just use the smallest zigzag stitch setting you can and a clear sewing foot helps tremendously!

Anyway, take your ruler (if you can find it, I had to use something else….) and mark out where you want your buttonholes to be.

Use your (hopefully) proper working buttonholer. πŸ˜‰

After you get your buttonholes in place, close up the front of the bodice and mark through the buttonholes for proper button placement. πŸ™‚

Sew on your buttons.




Pin the rickrack around the collar and sew in place. To save time you don’t have to switch out your bobbin, just switch out your top thread to match the rickrack. πŸ˜‰




Here is where we are now! Almost done…… πŸ™‚

You can set aside the bodice for now!



Now, grab the 2 pieces that you cut for the bottom tier and sew them together on one side.

Next you need to run a line or two of gathering stitches at the top.

The way I do that is, I set all my stitch settings to the largest possible settings. This can sometimes gather the fabric for me. It didn’t this time, though…. LOL

Now, gather it up and pin it to the bottom of the fabric you will be using for the top tier. Pin it with right sides together and gathers to bottom, adjusting the gathers as needed.

Sew in place!




Now, run a line of gathering stitches in the top tier!

Next, pin the gathered edge to the bottom of the bodice, right sides together.

Sew in place.

Next, turn inside out and sew up the skirt’s side seam! πŸ™‚

Almost done!



Fold up the bottom of the skirt 1/2″ and press, then fold up again 3/4″ , press and pin. Now sew your hem!

Turn right side out and press!




Time to cut the sash!

I cut from selvage to selvage for my length and 6″ for my width.

Fold in half, press and pin.

Now you are going to sew the raw edges together and make a long tube.




Turn the tube right side out and press!

Turn the ends in by 1/2″ and press.









Headband Tutorial





This is what I used. A $1 headband and $1 ornaments. Oh, and 1/2 a package of bias tape. But you can use ribbon if you have it in a matching color….. LOL



Put a glob of hot glue on the inside of the headband.




Now, stick the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into the glue.

Just start wrapping the bias tape/ribbon/whatever all the way around the headband.

Oh, yeah…. this is just sooooo hard…. LOL




When you get to the end of the headband, put another glob of hot glue on the plastic of the head band. Then cut off the bias tape/ribbon/whatever and add another glob hot glue and smoosh the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into it.



Now put a ton of hot glue wherever you want to place your ornament and smoosh the ornament on.








Deanna is making Cailey a matching necklace with the other ornament. πŸ™‚






As always, let me know what you think of the tutorial. Was it easy to follow??? And if you make this dress PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know!!!! LOL


I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! We will just be here at home. My Dad and Stepmother won’t be able to make it down to celebrate with us. 😦






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