color play: chartreuse and mint

Usually I am covered in glitter, but this time around, I’ve been wrapped in tulle while working on tutus for upcoming half marathons. The green color combination inspired by the Tinkerbell half reminds me of new spring blooms that I’ve been seeing on my blossoming lemon plant.

Creating this poofy 9″ no sew tutu was fairly easy. I used 1.5 inch grosgrain ribbon and about 75 yards of 6 inch tulle. In addition to the ribbon and tulle, I added accent ribbons and a silk flower.

The band: Wrap the ribbon around your waist where you’d like the tutu to sit and measure an additional 2 feet. The excess ribbon will allow you to tie a bow. You can cut the tails of the bow as long or short as you like. I prefer to have them as long as the hem of the tutu.

The skirt: Cut the tulle and accent ribbons in 18 inch strips. I used a 9 inch piece of cardboard and wrapped the tulle around it. Then made a cut on one side to create the uniform sized strips.

Fold a strip of tulle in half behind the ribbon. Take the ends of the tulle and fold over the ribbon and through the loop. Pull to tie a loose knot but don’t pull it tight just yet. It’s easier to move the tulle when the pieces are loose.

Tie the strips all along the band adding additional colors and ribbons. You can create your look by playing with the colors and accents that you’ve chosen. I doubled the darker green strips on my skirt for a tighter cleaner look. The strips of tulle seems to hold better with less flyaway.

Push the knots together as tightly as you’d like to create a fuller skirt. Get creative and embellish your tutu with just about anything. I pulled a silk flower off the plastic stem and secured it with a safety pin.

Turns out this fun and colorful tutu project may have inspired some new card designs after all. I’m sure I can make use of all the extra tulle.
Enjoy your tutu and hope to see you race day!

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  • By Maria, January 10, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    Pinned this so I wouldnt lose it! #VICTORIOUS

  • By louisa, January 10, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Thanks for pinning Maria! Have fun making yours!

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