Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Making a Tutu Bed skirt for a full-size bed

Back in 2012 you might remember I made a bed skirt tutorial for Mia's crib/toddler bed.  Today I bring you the tutorial for a Tutu bed skirt for a full/double sized bed.

So I must admit, it's not as easy as making the crib/toddler bed tutu but I was determined to make one myself.  Once again I couldn't find any decent looking bed skirt tutorials on line for a full sized bed so I created my own.  Not so much a cost savings as the toddler bed was BUT this sucker isn't going to fall apart AND I made it :)


1 full size flat sheet
20 spools of Lilac (Main color) Tulle 6" wide/25 yards  (purchased from Hobby Lobby)  ************The online store had tulle discounted from 4.99 to 2.99**********************
5 spools of  2nd color tulle 6" wide/25 yards
5 spools of 3rd color tulle 6" wide/25 yards
3 rolls of Non-roll Elastic 1" x 2.5 yards 

Click on the pics for a larger view

Lay your flat sheet on the box spring of your bed.
 **********  No multitasking while doing this next step :)*************

Pin your flat sheet to be slightly smaller than the box spring. **Make sure you write the final measurements down and check them twice.
The flat sheet should be SLIGHTLY smaller than the box spring, you don't want to see the edges of the flat sheet where the tulle will be attached.

Cut and hem your flat sheet.  I used a double fold 2" hem around the 2 sides. (this makes is very durable to hold the weight of all that tulle)

Now, put that flat sheet aside because you will be spending the next few days making the tutu portion of this bed skirt.

Measure from the box spring to the floor and decide just how long you want your tutu to be.  (Mine was 23" from the box spring to the floor after I added in an 1-1.5 inches to account for the mattress frame)

Cut a piece of cardboard the size of your desired length. (my cardboard was 23")

Now take your spool of Tulle and pin the starting piece to your cardboard at the bottom.

Next take your spool and place it on a pencil. (makes this process faster and easier)
wrap your tulle around the cardboard until all the roll is gone.

At the bottom end of the cardboard take a safety pin and pin through the tulle on one side of the cardboard only.

Cut the tulle free from one end of your cardboard, this ensures every piece of tulle will be the same size.

Remove and set aside.

Now do this as many times as you have rolls of tulle.

Next take 1 of your bundles of elastic banding and slightly stretch it between 2 chairs, pin at the ends around the chair to keep it in place.

Time to start wrapping your tulle.  If you look at the pictures in part 1 you will see how to wrap it.  Notice I make sure every finished piece will have the knot facing me. Make sure you do this also, you will need those knots as a reference point when you are sewing that flat sheet to this.

If you want more than one color now is the time to add it in.  My pattern was:  3 lilac, 1 aqua, 3 lilac 1 green apple and repeat.
When you are all done with your tulle you should have 2 very long sections of elastic (slightly shorter than 75") and 1 shorter section (around 52")  Cut off excess elastic.

Here is where it's gets hard to handle......Take your re-sized flat sheet and pin the sections of elastic with Tulle onto it (3 sides)  See pictures in Part 2.

Make sure you attach the elastic quite securely to the flat sheet so the next step will be easier.

I would recommend at this step taking the entire "Tutu" and placing it on the box spring to make certain you have the correct dimensions, this would be a terrible waste of time if you happened to have made a mistake when you measured earlier.

OK everything looks good?  Off to the sewing machine.

Trust me you will be able to shove that ballgown- I mean bed skirt into your machine, have patience-maybe now is a good time to take a break and have some chocolate :)

Sew a 1/2" seam all the way around the 3 sides.  I used a 3.0 stitch just in case I had to rip anything out.  **When you are sewing be careful to not sew the strand ends of the tulle back into your seam, keep feeling the underside as it feeds into your machine.

Done!  Go place this bad boy on the bed and have yourself a drink!

Side note:  I used 3 safety pins to secure the top (non-tutu) end of the flat sheet to the box spring to prevent slipping.

I made matching valances too, same process as I used on the crib/toddler bed-super easy.  I had a plain yellow tutu valance up so I just added in some of the other colors.  I will be adding in more purple.  iphone shot in the evening not so great, will post another pic of the valance soon.
Used this type of curtain rod for the valance

Use the same wrapping process as the toddler bed.  

*Mia's bedding is:  Circo® Buds N Blossoms Collection by Target.

Comment below or E-mail me if you have any questions.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Just a few short years

I can't believe how much she has grown over the past 3 years-
              Hannah Rojas.....she thinks all the videos are being sent to you :)  cute!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Big day!

So, my plan WAS to dress her up in a cute outfit and take a picture for her first day of Pre-K.  As you can see that didn't happen, we were lucky to even get out the door on time.  If this is what is to come for the next 12 years in school something gotta give-she doesn't like to leave her big girl bed in the mornings.  Today consisted of me actually picking her up out of bed - at 41.5 lbs not an easy task anymore.  Hopefully kindergarten will get better but for the rest of this year she still needs to be up by 0515.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Big girl bed!

Saturday while out and about Gordon decided to go look at Big Girl beds - well you all know how this ended.  Sorry there was a glare in the room but didn't have time to get my  regular camera out.
The assembly has begun
New bed has arrived, inspector is checking it out for "bounce"
100 Good Wishes quite finally out of the closet
Checking out each square, and of course we had to get out the book to match the fabric to the wish.  
1st big night-notice the pillows of the sides, this was before I added more.  She didn't fall out :)
This is what Meadow our Great Dane thought of having the crib mattress in her crate.
Kiss up!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Underwater swimming

More pool time

Mia has been spending every evening and weekend in the pool this summer.  She has finally mastered under water swimming - YAY!

Daddys girl

She's still not confident about floating on her back

Ready, set go

holding our breath


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer, all about the pool

Yep, for the next few months we spend a lot of time on the pool around here.  The overall avg temps right now are in the 90's with a "feels" like index of 105 degrees.
 Mia hopefully will master swimming by the end of the summer months, she has gotten pretty far so far after only a few weeks.  Last year she had lessons but at the beginning of this season she wasn't all too keen on swimming without her vest.  We saw a huge jump in her swimming abilities during a visit from our friends Christine, John 7 Hannah Rojas over the 4th of July weekend.  After a few hours in the pool she got her confidence level up and began swimming without her vest.  So far she can swim 1/2 the length of the pool then her bottom drops and she starts trying to walk instead of kicking.  Holding her breath is not a problem, she loves to jump in and try to touch the bottom.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Behind a little

Wow, how fast does time fly......here are a few pics from our Disney visit a few weeks ago.  Joy was in town for the weekend and Disney is where she & Mia wanted to go.  Mia lover her Joy.  While we were up there we ran into one of Mia's friends.  *Sorry, all taken with my new iphone & I haven't master that at all.