I totally meant to have these completed weeks ago and put this post up last weekend for those who might want a last-minute DIY 4th of July outfit. But I had purchased all the material, ribbon and tulle needed to make these fun outfits and by golly I was gonna make them! (Even if I did have to enlist the Hubster to help tie tulle for Miss Priss’ tutu!)
First, I wanted to make my girls some Red, White and Blue tutu’s. I followed this tutorial, but have a few additions. She tells you to cut your tulle at 12”. We simply folded our tulle in thirds to where it was a little more than 12” high. Then, we used a quilting straight edge and a rotary trimmer to cut the tulle into 2”x12” strips. They were the perfect size for tying onto the headbands. (What size she cut them was not clear in her instructions.) We also put our headbands on a canister to make it easier to tie the tulle on them.
Next, I wanted to make the girls some super cute “firecracker” shirts. I came up with the design and made everything for them, but let my sweet mom sew them up for me. Then I thought, hmmm…that korker ribbon would be super cute as the “sparks” coming out of the “fireworks.” And you know what, even though they don’t stand up stiff, I think they still work.
And speaking of korker ribbon…what’s a cute patriotic outifit without a cute hair accessory, right?! So, I set out to make my own korker bows. I used this super easy to follow tutorial and they were a breeze!! I think next time thought I’ll put more ribbon on mine so they are a little fuller. But, these kinda look like firecrackers, don’t ya think?
Well, now that I had my girls’ outfits done it was time to move on to the boys. I played around with several different ideas, like an American flag made with strips of material or even firecrackers for them too…but the what to use for the “sparks”? So, I did what any good “crafting-momma” would do and went to Pinterest for inspiration!! And I came across this adorable shirt!! SOLD!!!
Now, there was no pattern or tutorial for this shirt (it was sold on Zulily), so I had to wing it. Not an easy task for this non-crafty-non-sewing momma. But I did it! I’m sorry I didn’t get pictures of the steps since I was rushing to get them done. Truth: I did the girls and boys shirts and the korker bows on the 4th while I was making desserts for that night! Nothing like a little procrastination, huh?!
Anyway, I’ll try to take through the steps best I can though.
1. Use a dress-making marker pencil to trace out your design on the shirt. I just sketched mine so I could later use it for measurements.
2. Then you’re going to measure what you drew and transfer those measurements to the back of your material.
3. Again, using the dress-making marker pencil, draw your design from your measurements on the backside of your material.
4. Then, I used Sewable Heat n Bond Lite to help adhere the pieces to the shirt. P.S. I also use this on the girls “firecrackers.” (I found mine at Wal-Mart. Again, because I procrastinated and we bought it about 9pm on the 3rd. But, you could probably find it at any craft/material store.)
5. After I had the pieces in place on the shirt, I then had my mom sew around the edges just to finish it off and cover up any misalignments (which we, of course, didn’t have!).
And there ya have it! A super cute, DIY Patriotic Tie Shirt for the boys! I think they turned out super cute!!!
So, what do ya think?! Not too shabby for my first creations, huh? Did you make anything crafty for your 4th decorations or outfits?