Tutu Table Skirt

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

I wanted to make a table skirt appropriate for a ballerina or tutu themed party and this is what I made:

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

I started by measuring the circumference of the table I wanted to skirt and then I bought enough tulle to double the measurement.  I bought enough ribbon to match the length.  I folded the tulle in half and on the folded top edge, I gathered and pinned the tulle to the ribbon.

The website I originally found the idea said they then just pinned both the tulle and the ribbon to the tablecloth without sewing.   But for me, it was a little tricky and it kept coming apart and falling off so I did decide to sew the tulle to the ribbon.  Then I pinned the ribbon to the tablecloth.

The website where I found the original idea was:

 Tulle Table Skirt

They give much more detailed and lovely instructions.

How to Make a Tutu

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

For the party I made each guest a tutu and also gave them a wand and special glitter frame.  There are tons of tutorials out there for how to make a tutu, but I guess I’m adding one more to the list!

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Row of Tutus and Goodie Bags:

I started by cutting the tulle.  You can buy tulle in long rolls but it is more expensive that way so I buy it in yards, especially when making a large quantity.  Each tutu requires about 2 yards of tulle, 1/2 inch wide elastic and 1.5″ wide ribbon (optional).

When buying it in yards, first fold it in half width wise (usually they give it to you that way at the fabric store).  Then I start making multiple folds length wise so it will not be so long.  This example is 10 yards of tulle so you can see I folded it down from 10 yards to about 1 yard in length.

Then fold it once again width wise so it is shorter to cut.

Then measure the tulle to 3″ wide and cut strips.  If you are cutting at an edge that is folded, cut the edge at 1.5″ so when you unfold it the result is 3″.

Then lay the strips out in bunches where they are folded in half only once.

Cut the strips at 18″.

It may seem really complicated, but once you understand it, it’s a really fast way to cut tons of strips very fast.  If you consider cutting individual strips off of a roll, it will take you days to make 12 tutus (which is how many I did).  Each tutu takes about 150 strips.  So this method is much faster!

Next you prepare the elastic.  There are two things to consider when cutting the elastic.  If you plan to make the tutus just plain and unadorned (no ribbon) then they are very stretchy.

1: So…without ribbon tops, you measure the girl’s waist and then divide it by 4.  Deduct that number from the measurement and it will be fine. For example, a little girl with 16″ waist, divided by 4, so 16 divided 4 = 4.  So you would cut the elastic at 16-4=12″.  It stretches a lot and will be too big if you do not size it down.

2: If you want to make them with ribbons sewn around the tops (prettier) then measure it at the actual size, so the same girl’s waist is 16″ and you leave it at 16″.  Once you sew the ribbon on, it will no longer stretch.

Cut the elastic the length you need it.

Then overlap the edges like so:

And sew one side near the edge.

Then flip it and sew the other side near the edge.

Now find a good book (or a bad one) and put the elastic on it.

Then you take one strip of the tulle which should measure approximately 3″ wide by 18″ long.  They do NOT have to measure exactly the same.  You can half-ass it and it will be fine!  Fold the strip in half under the elastic as shown:

And then loop the ends through it:

Keep attaching loops of tulle until the tutu is completed.  Make sure the pieces are tight together so it will be very full.  After the tutu is finished, if you chose to dress it up with ribbon, cut a piece of ribbon the same size as the tutu.  Choose a wide ribbon and fold it in half over the edge of the tutu.  Pin it in place.  Be sure to cut it long enough to overlap where the ends meet.  Fold the top overlapping end under so that the end looks clean.

Sew the ribbon around the tutu.  In this picture you can also see the folded end.

Here is the finished product:

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Some of the lovely ladies at the party: Samantha, Morgan, Madeline, Gia and Ella. Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX.

 

 

Ballerina Invitations

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

I chose to make my own invitations for the party because I couldn’t find ones I liked exactly.

I started by drawing and painting the design of the bodice that I wanted then I scanned it into my computer so I could add the words.  I have attached the file below so you don’t have to do this work up front.

Next I added the wording and printed them on card stock and then cut the shapes out.

Then I created the skirt by cutting two strips of tulle 3 inches wide by 18 inches long.  I used a needle and pink thread to gather the top of the tulle.

I cut the thread the width of the waist on the bodice and hot glued it to the card stock.

After the hot glue dried, I trimmed the skirts to fit into the envelopes.  Lastly, I used some decorations designed for scrapbooking to enhance the neckline on the bodice.  Be careful to choose decorations that are thin because thick decorations will not process through the post office well and will tear up your invitations and envelopes before they reach the recipients.

Lastly, I used a standard word template to print my invitation envelopes.

File for the template for the envelope:

To make the bodice, open this document in Paint to add your wording:

The original idea for the shaped invitations came from a picture on this site:

Ballet Birthday Party

Ballerina Gift Bags

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

I made the gift bags or “goodie bags” for the party guests to match the theme of the party.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

I started by drawing the design I wanted and then scanned it into my computer and printed it on card stock.  I have attached the file below so you will not have to do this step.  I used the application MS Paint to add names onto the shapes but that is optional.  Next I cut out the shapes.

Then I made the tutu skirt by cutting 2 strips of tulle 3 inches wide by 18 inches long.  I used a needle and thread to gather the top of the skirt.

Then I attached the skirt to the model with hot glue.

After the glue was dry, I glued the whole model to plain gift bags.

File for design cut out:

 

Ballerina Cupcakes

For my daughter’s first birthday party, I selected the theme “Ballerina Ball”.  The post for the whole party is located here:

Ballerina Birthday

This post is for the ballerina cupcakes I made for the party.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

The cupcakes are made to look like a tutu skirt.  First I made sugar cookies in the shape of a bodice.  I drew the shape on paper and cut it out.  I used a knife to cut around the shape and used regular sugar cookie dough.  The document with the design for the bodice is below.

Next I put the icing.  (Recipe below)

Next I used sprinkles and some heart shaped pieces I had to make a necklace on the bodice before the icing dried and hardened.  Also I used crushed rock candy for the skirt and pink icing.

One caution I would give is to use a tried-and-true cake batter recipe.  I used my own new recipe and it did not rise as much as I would have liked.  The shirt should be tall and full which means you need your cupcakes to have the traditional dome top, but unfortunately mine did not rise much, so they don’t look as cute as I would have liked.  Another caution…if you use the crushed rock candy, scrape that part off before any small children attempt to eat it.  It is hard so it is a choking hazard for little bitty kids.  My daughter had her own cake for her birthday and the other kids who attended were older.

Sugar Cookie Icing
1 cup powdered sugar1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
food coloring (if desired)
Stir confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, and water together. Stir in food coloring if desired. Use right away or it starts to harden.  Adjust the recipe as needed with either sugar or water until it is the right consistency you need.

Design I used for the cupcake topper, as well as the tutu sugar cookies from another post: