Friday, March 16, 2012

DIY Tutu Dress

I got a lot of comments on the tutu dress I made and posted to Facebook! Thank you for the wonderful comments! I wanted to share a tutorial so you can make your own! Either for a friend, or yourself....I swear if I made one for myself I'd wear it everywhere!! haha

For starters, I bought rolls of tulle...Joann's had them for $2.50 for a 6" x 25 (or 15) years roll. The dress pictured took 3 rolls!
Next, you'll need elastic. I used some scrap elastic I had kicking around my craft room. The wider (to about 1/2") the better...this way it does not (hopefully) roll. You'll only need enough to go around the subject's upper torso.

Now you can either staple or sew the ends of the elastic me this is all the sewing you will be doing!!

Now measure how long you want your dress. Then you will want to double that and cut the tulle into lengths that size. Once you have a bunch cut, you can start on the dress.

First take your lengths of tulle and fold in half, lengthwise. Then you are going to take the loop side (pointing up) under the elastic circle. Then tuck the other end through the loop and tighten, forming a "knot".

Continue this until you have used all your cut tulle. If it's not as full as you'd like cut and add more. I add as much as I possible can! I even get fancy and add alternating colors of tulle or ribbon!

When you are finished you can add a tie at the waist, some sleeves (I glued these to the elastic) or even get really wild and add some jewels!! I want to try this! (The one above has ladybugs glued to it)

The tutu will get tangled as it is taken on and off, but you can untangle it by running your fingers through it and "combing" it out!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Saving Money....

Lately I've been reading money saving blogs and all the different ways to save money! I love all the ideas, but realize, like everything else, what works for one family does not work for another! But the general concept does!

My family has been living on a strict budget for some time. I have to admit, it's been hard, and some months seems impossible, but so far so good! We follow an altered Dave Ramsey type of plan, altered to fit our needs. At the beginning of each month my husband hits the ATM machine and takes out CASH...yes, cash! Remember that green stuff you can spend? We have all our expenses on a spreadsheet, and allow a certain amount for the month for each category, such as "kids", "fun money", "groceries", "gas" and so on. He pays the bills for the month, fills the car and then the debt cards  go into hiding, so we don't have them in our wallets teasing us! We each get a certain amount of CASH to spend on ourselves, an amount for the kids, groceries and date money. We place the cash in separate envelopes and spend it out of the envelopes. When the cash is gone, it's gone. The rest of his paycheck goes into emergency fund, and debt pay down. (our debt is mostly MY student loans :( ) We have NO CREDIT if there is no money there is no spending! Some months are easier, but some months we spend our fun money right away and have to turn down mom's night out or a shopping trip! So far it is working....hopefully with the addition of yet another child it will continue to work!

So, I'm sure by now you wonder there anything special we do? Well, there are a few things. I collect a few coupons, but have found that there are not many coupons that we actually use except for household things like detergent, dishwashing liquid and personal items. We shop at the Commissary, and Bj's. We use cloth diapers, and I breastfeed the kids. I make baby food and try to cut corners by doing as much myself as I can! I will admit, I do have someone come in once a month to clean my house! But that is figured into our budget...seems silly, I know, but my three kids come behind me and mess things up!

So what are a few things YOUR family does to save money?