Tuesday Tutorial: Woodland Fairy Halo Headband

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I think I’m in love with this halo! It is so pretty and fun. This is my niece, Jordyn, and she completely agrees. She had tons of fun playing and modeling this for me. She said she felt like a fairy queen.

Would you like to know how to make some of these for your own daughters, nieces, granddaughters or other little friends? Let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

IMG_42106 yards 6″ Emerald Green Tulle

2 yard 6″ Lime Green Tulle

1 yard each 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon in 4 colors of your choice (I used shocking pink, light pink, lavender, purple, and lime green)

6 Rolled Rosette Flowers that coordinate with your ribbon choices (I used hot pink, purple, lavender and light pink)

Round Headband Base of some sort (Mine is a bridal halo I got in the bridal section of a craft store a long time ago). If I didn’t have this, I could have easily used a 1/2″ zip tie or something similar.

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

Step One:

Cut all of your tulle into about 4″ lengths, then cut those in half so you have two pieces, each 3″ wide. You should have a good size stack of 3″ X 4″ tulle pieces (I had a picture of this step, but I must have deleted it. Woops, sorry!). I’m guessing you’ll have about 140+ pieces. You may not use them all, depending on the size of your halo base, but you will use most.

Step Two:

Begin tying your tulle pieces to your round halo base. I tied a double knot so they won’t come undone.

IMG_4211Continue doing this until you have about 1.5″ left at the end. I tied 4-5 pieces of the emerald green, then 2 pieces of the lime.

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Tie your ribbon pieces into that small 1.5″ section you left open at the end. Then fill in any blank spaces with a bit of tulle.

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Use your hot glue gun to attach three of your rolled rosette flowers over the ribbon tails.

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Step Five:

Hot glue the other three rolled rosette flowers to three evenly spaced spots on your halo as shown below.

 

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Step Six:

Now you just need to trim up your ends on the ribbon and shape/trim the tulle to your liking. I used a lighter to heat seal the ends of the grosgrain ribbon so that they will not fray.

And your done! I think your girls are going to love it! I know Jordyn does!

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Throwback Thursday: No Sew Ribbon Tie Tutu

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This is a tutorial that first went up on the old blog back in April of 2012. This is still a super fun project, and my niece still has her tutu! She loves it. So, without further ado, here are the instructions on how to make this gorgeous beast!

Tutorial: How to Make a Ribbon Tie Tulle Tutu

We’ve decided as mentioned in our earlier post that we need to teach people a little something about some of the craft products we carry. There are lots of really cute things you can make relatively easily and inexpensively on your own, and we’d love to share some ideas with you.

So, today I want to show you how to make a simple ribbon tie tutu. Learning how to make a tutu is really very easy.  There are other variations on this, you can even use elastic if you have it. I love this idea because you can use any colors you want, just as puffy as you like, and really personalize your own creations.

You will need:

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6″ X 25 Yd Rolls of Wholesale Tulle (I used 4 rolls–Purple, Lavender, Light Green, and Turquoise–that’s a new color! I didn’t end up using the white pictured.) The amount you need will depend on the size of girl and length of tutu you are making. This was for a 7 year old girl, whose waist was about 24″, and the length is approx. 13”.  You can make just a tutu skirt with a shorter length or a tutu dress with a bit of a longer length.  Just measure against the person you wish to make this for.

Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 7/8″ Solid Purple Grosgrain)

Scissors

Scrap Piece of Cardboard

Directions:

Cut a piece of cardboard about the length that you would like your skirt to be, adding an extra inch for tying and fluff factor.

Wrap your tulle around the cardboard lengthwise. I just used the whole roll, so I’m not really sure how many times. But you can err on the side of caution and just do a few passes of each color at once.

Cut the tulle on one side of the cardboard. This will give you pieces twice the length of your skirt. This is good. Don’t panic. They are supposed to be that long.

Once all of your tulle is cut, you can cut your ribbon.  Use the waist of the girl you are making the tutu for as a measure. Wrap the ribbon around the waist, then add an extra couple of feet so you’ll have what you need plus enough for tying a nice bow at the end.

Measure about about a foot in (or more if you like) to your ribbon and tie a knot. This is to keep the tool from sliding off of your ribbon. This is the start of the waist on your skirt.

7/8" Grosgrain RibbonTake two pieces of tool and fold them in half creating a loop. Put the loop in back of the ribbon as pictured.

How To Tie a TutuNow take the ends of your tulle up over the ribbon and through the loop. Pull tight. The tighter you pull these knots and push them together, the fuller your skirt will be. If you don’t want it too full, pull your knots a bit looser, but tight enough to stay put.

Knotting a TutuContinue to tie knots alternating colors as you wish. I just did a four color alternating pattern, but you can do it however you like.

Tying a TutuWhen you think you have enough tulle tied on your skirt, hold it up to your recipient’s waist and make sure you are done. Then tie another knot in that end of the ribbon to hold the tulle in place.

Now you can just tie a pretty bow in the back, and you are set! Voila, easy peasy inexpensive custom made one of a kind tutu!

I love the colors of this tutu.  I think it turned out so darling, fun and Spring-y! I simply love this fluffy tutu. Making tutus for your boutique would  be much easier than you think.  If you just don’t have time to make tutus, we also carry wholesale tutus that are only $2.99 each!

Also, if you’re just dying to know how to make that matching hair piece, you can find the tutorial for that here.

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Throwback Thursday: Patriotic Firecracker Bow Tutorial

This tutorial was first posted on our old blog back on June 25, 2014. I was, and still am, super in love with this awesome bow!

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Materials Needed:
Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 3 colors in 3/8” solid and 2 colors in 7/8” polka dot)
Wire Garland of Your Choice
Glitter Tulle (or Regular Tulle)
Lined Double Prong Alligator Clip
Crystal Center Rhinestone Embellishment
String (I used crochet thread)
Scissors (not shown)
Needle and Thread (not Shown)
Glue Gun and Glue Stick (Not Shown)
Lighter (Not Shown)

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Step One:
Start cutting your tulle into 5-6 5” strips. Lay them down in a rotating asterisk kind of pattern as shown below. Then, gather them in the middle, wrap your string around the center, and tie it off to make a bow-looking shape. Clip off the extra ends of your string once you have it secured.

Set this piece aside for now. We’ll come back to it.

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Step Two:
Cut your ribbon into 5.5” lengths. Then, shape the ends of them how you want them to look and use the lighter to seal the ends from fraying. Don’t hold the lighter too close or too long. I set one of mine on fire! Lol.

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Step Three:
Stack your ribbons in crisscross patterns on top of one another. Make sure they all intersect in the center. This is important for the next part. I stacked the smaller width ones on top. Otherwise you won’t see them behind the bigger ones.

Once you have them all stacked together, use your needle and thread to sew a tack stitch in the center to hold them together.

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Step Four:
Cut a couple of strands of your wire garland to about the same length of the ribbons. Add them to your ribbon stack and tack stitch them into your bow as well. Once you feel like everything is tacked together securely, tie the stitch off in the back and clip the needle and extra string away.

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Step Five:
Going back to your tied tulle piece. Pull each of your ends around and out and up and down until you have made a shape that pleases you for the bottom of your bow. Then, using your scissors, trim off the excess length and shape it a bit.

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tep Six:
Squeeze a good glob of glue on the center of your tulle piece where your string is, and place your ribbon piece in the center of the glue. Hold it together for about 30 seconds to let it bond a bit. . I didn’t get a picture of this part. Sorry.

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Step Seven:
Hot glue the crystal center embellishment to the center of the bow (this will hide all of the stitching uglies).

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Step Eight:
Hot glue the lined double prong alligator clip to the back center of the tulle piece.

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Voila! A fantastic hair clip for your patriotic princess, and it can be customized in any colors you like!

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Throwback Thursday: Tied Ribbon Tutu Flip Flops Tutorial

This tutorial was first posted on our old blog back on June 12, 2014. These flip flops would make a great little activity for girl’s camp, sleepovers, family reunions, birthday parties, etc. They are easy to make, and there is no hot glue to mess with!

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3 Colors 3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon of Your Choice
3 Colors Tulle of Your Choice
Scissors
Flips Flops

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/materials.jpg**Note**On the ribbon and tulle, this is a great way to use up random bits that you don’t have enough of for anything else. I think I only used 6 strips of each color, if that, on each flip flop.

Step One:
Start by cutting about 6 strips of each color in both the ribbon and the tulle. I cut mine to about 6”, but you can cut to whatever length you feel is long enough to tie onto the straps.

Step Two:
Just start tying the strips onto your flip flop. I did my in a pattern, but it is really not necessary. I did red, white, and blue (in that order). And I alternated between red ribbon, white tulle, blue ribbon or red tulle, white ribbon, blue tulle.

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Step Three:
Keep tying ribbons onto your flip flop until you have each strap covered as much as pleases you. Now isn’t that pretty? … Lol it looks a bit of a hot mess right now, right :)?

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Step Four:
Trim all of your ribbons and tulle to a shorter, more tutu looking length. Whatever looks good to you works. This is looking lots better!

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Step Five:
Wear your snazzy new flip flops for school pride, parades, sleepovers, girls camp, whatever! Now weren’t those simple to make and crazy fun?  We have a large selection of cheap and affordable tulle.  You could even make these cute flip flops and make a matching tutu.  Then, your little girl could wear the flip flops to dance class.  How cute is that?

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Tulle SaleThis week only, save 20% off all of our Tulle!  Use coupon code ‘tulle20’ during checkout for your savings to be applied to your shopping cart.  The sale ends 5/11/15 at Midnight MST so hurry and stock up now!  Did you see our last tutu tutorial?  If not click here.  Once you see this adorable infant baby tutu you will want to grab as much Tulle as possible!  As always, thanks for shopping with alwaysunderpay.com!

 

How to Make a Super Cute Infant Baby Tutu

Tutorial: How to Make a Crochet Headband Baby Tutu

Isn’t this tutu just so super cute? I’m calling it a rainbow sherbet baby tutu lol. Doesn’t it remind you of that yummy desert? I wish I had a baby to put this on….the photo doesn’t do it justice. Maybe I’ll just have to send it to one of you all as a prize so you can send me a photo 🙂

Crochet HB Baby Tutu

This is a super easy, quick, and fun project to make for your little darling. Here are the instructions.

 

Materials Needed:

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About 25 yards of tulle. I used 4 colors, so a little over 6 yards of each color

1.5” Crochet Headband

Scissors

 

Step One:

Cut a bunch of strips from your tulle roll. Cut the strips twice as long as you want your tutu to be. I wanted my tutu to be short for a baby, so I cut mine about 10” long. That way my tutu will be about 4.5”-5” long.

*Note* These headbands do stretch quite a bit. So you can make tutus for girls up to about 3 years old or so. You’d just need to adjust the length of tulle you use for how long you want your tutu.

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Step Two:

I stretched my crochet headband over a 10” wide cardboard mailing envelope so that I don’t have to try to hold it while I’m trying to add my tulle pieces.

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Step Three:

Fold a strip of tulle in half like in a “U” shape. Then pull it through one of the holes in the second row up from the bottom of the headband. You don’t want to use the holes in the bottom row because there isn’t much material to hold your tulle in place and you’ll probably break it (see illustration below).

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Step Four:

Pull the length of tulle up through the loop you just made and pull it tight into a knot (thank goodness for pictures, because I don’t think I articulated this step very well 🙂

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Step Five:

Repeat step four above alternating colors as desired until your each hole in that second row up has a tulle strip tied to it.

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Step Six:

Trim your tulle piece to the look you want. I like mine nice and even, but you could do spike and random as well. Whatever you like–there are not rules here!

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Voila! A super fun, easy, and quick tutu!

And, you can make it in any color combination you need!