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DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Parties & Holidays

Make a Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu – A Two-in-One Tutorial

DIY Easy Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A Two-in-one tutorial!

We had the most fun Strawberry Shortcake birthday party a little over a week ago that I made a simple scrap fabric banner for. It was so very easy to make, and I constructed it with an idea in mind. I wanted to re-use it as a fun dress-up tutu for my daughter!

This is a really simple, quick DIY project that requires no sewing and little material. You could use the banner as party decor, and then  upcycle it into a scrappy fabric tutu when the party’s over. It will be Little C’s Valentine’s tutu!

Materials:

  • scrap fabric – enough to make about 30 strips that are about 2″ wide and 30″ long
  • scraps of ribbon or lace (optional)
  • 60″ length of 1/4 elastic
  • rotary cutter or scissors

Directions:

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

Cut about 30 strips of fabric that measure 15″ – 30″ long. I liked the look of different lengths of strips, but you could also make them all the same length. You can also cut some lengths of ribbon or lace to add some texture to the banner / tutu. Cut a piece of 1/4″ elastic that’s about 60″ long.

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

Starting about 2″ from one end, tie the strips to the elastic piece as shown above. Fold them in half with wrong sides together, and then turn the folded end over the elastic. Pull the other end through the loop created.

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

Continue tying strips onto the elastic in this manner, leaving about 2″ between each strip as shown. Tie bits of lace or ribbon between the fabric strips if desired.

Your scrap fabric party banner is done and ready to hang! This would also make a fun decorative banner for a baby or child’s room.

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

To “upcycle” the banner into a tutu, push all of the strips together as much as needed to match the circumference of your child’s waist (my daughter’s measurement was 20″).

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

Cut the elastic to size. If you have a sewing machine, you can sew the ends together. If not, tie the elastic tightly together.

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

Now you have an adorable scrap fabric tutu that’s perfect to twirl in!

Life

Wear Burgundy Skinnies & Tights (& Why I Finally Added My Full Body Shot to This Post) – Petite Curvy Mom Style

Wear Burgundy Skinnies - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY MommyWear Burgundy Skinnies for Fall - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

I’m totally digging the fact that the colour burgundy seems to be trending again this fall. I really think it’s pretty! I’ve always been a huge fan of the colour red, and burgundy is such a gorgeous, muted variation of red that’s perfect for fall.

The above outfit featuring burgundy skinny pants is a simple and casual style that works well for mom-errands. The skinny pants are nice and stretchy (perfect with boots), and I’m wearing a flowing and forgiving blouse, cinched in the waist with a belt to highlight my waist. The fun leopard print scarf is an easy DIY, and I really enjoy how the black and white heart print of the blouse contrasts with the tan and chocolate print of the scarf.

Scarf: DIY $5
Chiffon Blouse: Old Navy $29
Belt: In my closet $10
Skinny Pants:  Joe Fresh $29

Wear Burgundy Tights for Fall - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY MommyWear Burgundy Tights for Fall - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

Another way I’m enjoying wearing a bit of burgundy is with these lovely tights. They work nicely to fall and winterize my summer skirts and dresses. Here, I’ve worn them with a lacy skirt (I’m a huge sucker for anything cream coloured and lacey, and this skirt is made from an ultra-comfy knit jersey which is so easy to wear) and boots.

Knit Jersey Blouse: Old Navy $19
Lace Skirt: ShopRuche.com $39 (This one’s not available any more, but here’s a similar one: Renewed Nostalgia Tiered Lace Skirt)
Tights:  Joe Fresh $6
Boots: Leatherette strappy boot from GoJane.com $27.50

Below is a full-body shot of the outfit above. I almost wrote this post entirely with the pictures showing only bits and pieces of me. These last few weeks have honestly been some of the toughest ones of my mom career due to extreme exhaustion from a sleepless baby, a really busy fall so far that’s including a new DIY house build for our family (is it just me, or is fall about one million times busier than summer anyhow?!) and some shenanigans with a rear-ender car accident. I’m thankful for a God I can trust, loving family and friends and strong coffee, but my face and body haven’t been loving me – I feel like I have bags under my eyes that reach to the floor, stringy hair and a perma-mad expression. I’ve been wearing my glasses most days because my eyes are so tired that they sting when I put my contacts in.

While my youngest was having her afternoon nap, I shot the below picture as my 3 year old girl looked on. I looked at the final photos with disdain, shaking my head at all of my imperfections.

“This looks like a tired, fat mother”.

My little angel-girl, with her eyes sparkling (she loves taking pictures and seeing pictures): “Can I look, mama?”

“OK”. I’m smiling, but I’m feeling defeated.

My baby peers into the camera and looks at the preview. I hear an audible gasp as she says:

“Wow! That is wonderful. You are beautiful, Mama!”

And that’s why I post the photo below.

Wear Burgundy Tights for Fall - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

Despite the imperfections I see in myself, despite my less-than-perfect few weeks, and despite my lack of sleep I have two little girls that think I’m beautiful. I have family and friends that think so. I have a heavenly Father that thinks so. I have a job to do that requires so much more than physical “perfection” – being a mother is a beautiful thing.

I’m reminded of this eloquent post I read a short while ago that reminds us mothers to “stay in the picture” despite how we see our physical selves. How true (though it’s a tough mental and emotional block to battle)!

How do you feel when you see a photo of your mommy self?

DIY Sewing, Life

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip

by Christina Dennis

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

This dress was beautiful, but it needed a lining badly! (Oh-so-see-through!) I whipped up a little vintage-inspired half slip for it the first time I wore it using a scrap of lining fabric and cotton lace. Here’s how I did it:

Materials:

  • 1 yard lining fabric (or cotton woven, cotton jersey, silk)
  • 1 yard cotton lace trim (optional)
  • 1 yard 1″ elastic

Directions:

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY MommySew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

Cut a piece of fabric that is approximately 1 1/2 times the width of your waist and the length you want your slip to be + 2″ (for the elastic casing and bottom hem). Fold it in half right sides together, and sew the center back seam. I used a serger, but you could use a regular machine and zigzag the raw edges.

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY MommySew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

Finish the top and bottom raw edges with either a serger or a zigzag. Hem the lower edge by folding it up 1/2″ and sewing. Fold the upper edge over 1 1/4″ and sew close to the finished edge to make a casing for the elastic. Leave a 1 1/2″ opening, thread elastic through, then sew the opening shut.

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY MommySew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

If desired, sew a strip of lace over the bottom hem as shown. It’s a pretty detail that could peek out from beneath a skirt! Finally, I like to sew a line in the middle of my elastic casing to ensure the elastic doesn’t roll and flip (as shown above). That’s it! It’s a pretty little slip for beneath those sheer skirts and dresses that’s easy to make and so sweet and feminine!

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing

9 Favourite Back-To-School DIY Tutorials

by Christina Dennis

Well, August is just around the corner… then September… then back-to-school! I’ve rounded up 9 of my most favourite back-to-school DIY free tutorials on the web to start working on this month:

9 Favourite Back-to-School Tutorials by The DIY Mommy

  1. KID PANTS: The Basic Pant from by made What a great, free basic pant tutorial! Imagine these on your little guy or girl in a autumn-inspired plaid or houndstooth?
  2. Back To School Homework Caddy Tutorial by Sandy Toes & Popsicles This handy, bright DIY caddy would be perfect on a homework desk to store pencils and other school supplies.
  3. Vera Wang Inspired Tulle Trim Cardigan by Distractions How cute is this upcycled cardigan? The tulle and hearts are sweet for girls, or forget the tulle and add simple circle patches in faux leather for boys!
  4. Lunch Bag by The Long Thread A reusable lunch bag is the perfect back-to-school DIY project. There are so many sweet oil cloth fabrics available to make this in!
  5. Sail Away School Dress by At Second Street This adorable nautical-inspired two-piece dress would make a little girl so happy to wear back to school.
  6. DIY Nap Mat / Bedroll by Prudent Baby This is such a fantastic idea – an all-in-one pillow and mat for nap time at pre-school!
  7. Back to School Art Smock Tutorial by Sew Mama, Sew! What a cute and practical DIY tutorial for school – a washable art smock that’s perfect for any art project.
  8. Owl Tag Along Toddler Backpack by Cut to Pieces This adorable and thorough backpack tutorial is so sweet with the little owl details!
  9. Magnetic Back To School Magnetic Memo Chalkboard Tutorial with Bunting by The Gunny Sack A memo board like this would be handy by a front door or mudroom. I love the bunting detail!

Have fun with back-to-school DIY’s this year! (Have I missed any fabulous free back-to-school tutorials for kids? Please link to them in the comments below.)

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

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