DIY Tulle Circle Skirt.

I love Pinterest! {I know you do too, want to be friends? Follow me!} It has so many fun projects, ideas  and pictures on it. Recently while looking for some ideas to show my brothers fiancé regarding flower girl dresses I came across a couple of pictures of Ladies in Tulle Skirts. I am not talking a full on tutu here but a lovely skirt with just a touch of whimsy that only tulle can bring.

I saw, I liked, I figured, “Hey I could make one”

Soooo,

Here is how I did.

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This skirt is a classic circle skirt, easy to sew and you get to use all that High School Geometry that you have forgotten.

First here are my materials and I will explain how I determined my yardage and how you can too.

Materials

10 yards tulle

3 yards lining

2 inch elastic waist band

Matching thread

Parchment or Pattern paper

Pencil, measuring tape, scissors, etc.

To get started you need a few measurements so you can go fabric shopping.

Measurement 1: Waist Circumference (C)

I wanted my skirt to sit at the narrowest part of my waist, right at my belly button. Using a measuring tape I measured with my tape resting snugly without sucking it in or pulling tight.

I got 29 inches

Measurement 2: Length (L)

I wanted my skirt to hit right at my knees so I measured from my belly button to the top of my knees. {It helps to have a hubby or friend read this one so you are not trying to contort to get the number}

I got 22 inches

Now for some Math

In order to create our circle pattern we need to know the radius(R) of our waist circle.  Dust off that corner of your brain and remember what that equation is,got it?  R=C/(2π). Yeah me neither, so I go here and use this handy calculator.

Based on my measurements of 29, I get a radius of 4.5.

Because I am using an elastic waist I want my skirt to have a lovely drape to it so I added 1 inch to my radius and have 5.5 inches

How much fabric will you need?

You are going to be cutting a big circle from your fabrics and the easiest way is to create a ¼ circle pattern and fold your fabric into a square.

My ¼ square measures 27.5 inches. (22{L} + 5.5 {R}) This means that I will need a piece a fabric 55×55 to cut each layer out of.

The standard on the bolt tulle is 58 inches wide. As is lining so I did not have to piece my skirts or order wider online.

Buying Yardage

Using my above measurement of 55×55, {remember each yard is 36 in long by 58 in wide}  I needed 1 yard, 19 inches per layer.  10 yard of tulle = 6 layers {or just shy 7}. 3 yards of lining = 2 layers

Creating your pattern

Using pattern or parchment paper create a square 1 or 2 inches larges that you need. Using a compass or string draw out 2 arcs. #1 at the R {5.5 in} and #2 at 27.5 {(R+L)}

See picture for example

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Cutting your Circles

Cut your tulle into sections long enough to cut from (55 in + 1 for wiggle)

Fold each section into a square keeping the Folded edge toward you.

Align and pin pattern along Folded edges.

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Cut and Repeat with remainder of the tulle and lining

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Assembling Waistband

Cut 2 inch elastic by 30 inch long piece. {Waist was 29}

Aligning cut edges sew 1 inch in.

Open Seam and sew down edges.

Set aside.

DSC_0010Shown here in contrasting colors

Assembling skirt

Because I choose Ivory I had to doubled my lining. Sew outer curve {with 1 inch seam allowance} with right sides together, notch, flip and top stitch. Bringing the lining up allows the tulle to show. If you are working with a darker color, there is no need to double it and simply hem the lining up 1 inch so the tulle has some over hang.

Mark quarter distance with pin.

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Overlay 1st layer of tulle pining inner curves together.

Repeat with remainder of tulle layers.

Using basting stitch, sew along inner curve to hold all layers together.

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Turn skirt inside out, place elastic inside skirt then Mark and Pin waistband and skirt at regular intervals allowing for drape between pins.

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Attach elastic to skirt, ½ inch allowance then ¼ inch. {Remember to stretch to elastic as you sew.}

Remove pins and wear.

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I love how this turned out. It is a fun flirty skirt that shimmers just a little and should look great in our Family Pictures this year. It is like a grown up version of a Princess Dress or Ballerina skirt.

I have paired it with a Burgundy sweater and wide Brown belt.  But I have seen it done with Sparkly Tanks and Fitted Jackets or Button Downs. Ahhh, the possibilities are endless.

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This pattern works great for all manner of fabrics and is a great addition to both your wardrobe and any little Ladies who might be around.

Happy Sewing and…

Enjoy A Little Fancy for Every Day from

Kayla’s Kloset

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DIY No Shed Glitter Letters!

Love the look of glitter but hate that it ends up everywhere? Me Too!

When I started looking for easy and fast way to decorate me new Hutch top I immediately thought about a fun set of Glittery letters spelling out Boo or Eek, you know something Halloween-y.

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Just my luck that JoAnn’s had these letters on sale! {Next time I will buy enough for the next holiday too}

Turning this plain letters into something sparkly was quick and easy with just a few steps. The key to keeping them looking good and the glitter in place is all about the right materials.

Materials

Letter

Gloss Craft Paint in Black

Sponge Brush

Black Craft Glitter {the big kind}

Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer {I paid $6 at Wal-Mart}

Cookie Sheet or Large Dish with Sides {for glitter containment}

Paper for lining dish

Getting Started

1. Paint the 1st coat on all surfaces of the letter,
– Painting one side first then allowing it to dry before flipping and painting the other.

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2. After the 1st coat is dry; paint a 2nd following the same steps
3. Before the 2nd coat is dry on the front of the letter liberally apply glitter to wet paint

Boo6This is best done in the cookie sheet so that you can collect the excess

4. When all letters are glittered allow paint to dry completely before shaking any unstuck glitter off.
5. Outside or in a well-ventilated area, use the Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer as directed to seal your project.

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I only needed a single coat, and my glitter is not going anywhere while retaining its sparkle!

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This is second glitter project I have used this sealer on and it has done the best by far in keeping the sparkle while holding the glitter on. With other clear sealers {even gloss or satin finish} I have found that the glitter is dull and your letters look like they have been Rhino-lined not Blinged.

This project cost no more the $10 total and Looks super cute on my Hutch/Mantel!

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Like what you see. Check out the tutorials for my Bat Garland and Pumpkin Re-Vamp and..;

Enjoy a Little Fancy for Every Day from

Kayla’s Kloset

Pumpkin Re-Vamp with Glitter

While digging through my small little box of Halloween decorations {we never have trick or treaters, so I only decorate inside} I came across a little pumpkin light that was the perfect size to fit under my tart cover but really lacked pizzazz. It needed some jazzing up without taking a whole lot of time.

So I decided to add some glitter to it! Glitter is one of those craft mediums that add a bit of fancy to just about everything.

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So if you have a little plastic thing hanging out that is just not quite right, maybe give this a try.

The first thing I do when working with glitter is to set up my work station so that I can contain as much of the glitter as possible {But we all know that tomorrow I will be brushing my teeth and the glitter will be there, just hang out on my face}. I do this by lining a cookie sheet that has sides with parchment paper. The sides keep it in while the paper lets me recover as much of the excess as possible.

Materials

Mod Podge

Green Fairy Glitter

Orange Fairy Glitter

Sponge Brush

Painters Tape

Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer {$6 from Wal-mart}

The only material I had to hunt for was orange glitter. Being that it is prime decorating time for Halloween, this stuff was both everywhere and nowhere. But I finally found some tucked way back behind some cooper glitter at my local JoAnn’s.

Ready now Glitterize!

1. Starting with a clean surface {wiped with damp cloth then dried} tape off the stem for the Green Glitter. Use small pieces so that you can make all those little turns and twist.

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2. Apply coat of Mod Podge making sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies.

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3. Liberally apply Green Glitter to cover the stem. Shake off excess and reapply to any blank spaces.

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4. Allow stem to dry completely before removing tape.

With dry stem repeat steps 2 and 3 with the orange glitter for the rest of the pumpkin.

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Lastly you can seal the project with a Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer to help the glitter stay in place without dulling its sparkle. In a well-ventilated space {outside} seal your project by following the directions and allow to dry untouched. It took 1 coat to seal this little guy.

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I think this project took me all of 25 minutes {+ dry time} which is always a plus when the munchkins are running the show.

Now I have the prefect little topper for my Halloween Hutch top.

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See a decoration that you like? Stop by to read about my Bat Garland or Glitter Boo and make your own.

Happy Decorating and…

Enjoy a Little Fancy for Every Day from

Kayla’s Kloset