This little art escapade has flourished into a cupcake theme, the main colors consisting mostly of bright pink, lavendar and brown. I have already found an awesome tutorial online on how to create a baby tu-tu and happened across a thousand baby boutiques that feature "boutique baby party hats" which I evaluated and summed up that it would be relatively easy to recreate myself.
A trip to Hobby Lobby and a few runs to Wal-mart later, I finished the tu-tu in about a night and half an afternoon (I will remember next time not to wear a sweater when dealing with tulle in the winter as I am not a huge fan of electricity and objects sticking to my bum and pant legs and only to find out I have a large piece still attached after I go to work) and was quite pleased with the turnout.
Lesson- when you are judging the size of the waist band, a smart thing to do before working on it would be to fit the baby first. I used baby head bands and sewed them together because they have the elastic in them- but you can use elastic, adult headbands or ribbon. If you don't want to sew- you may want to stick with headbands!
Basically, from there, I just cut 16" strips of tulle, ( you will want to cut out double the size of how long you want the strip to be...ex: if you want the strip to hang about 8 inches from the waist band- cut 16"). Then you tie knots of the tulle all around- I alternated colors. You can put ribbons on too to add flourishes. If you have a chunky baby like Madeline, you may want a bit more of a scrunchy, poofy tutu like I made- but the longer the strips, the more flatter the tutu will be.
Also, I decided to make the hat match- basically took a regular party had, cut the pattern from scrapbooking paper (polka dots), hot glued feathery boa material around the bottom, glued a little pom to the top and hot glued a number one to the middle. Simple as that- and fun..especially on a day when it was as cold and attempting to snow with half the city out of power like our town was!
I'm going to start working on the highchair kit- pendants or a highchair tutu (that may overdo it..we'll see) and I am working on my first ever cupcake pops!
If you have never heard of them, you can find out what I mean by this link: Cupcake Pops
I will try to remember to come back and post pictures next time!