Sunday, March 6, 2011

St. Patty's Skirts, Shirts, & More

I must confess that I am not really into St. Patrick's day. It just seems like an excuse to get drunk and wear an obscence amount of green, both of which are a little disgusting in my book. But, we were actually invited to a neighborhood party this year so I thought, "What the heck?  Why not pretend to be Irish!"

Above you will see my St. Patty's Day Cupcake Wreath.  I love these wreaths. They are easy, cheap, and there seems to be a cupcake holder designed for each holiday and season. By the way, I bought the letter "B" in the dollar bins at Michael's.  For the tutorial on how to make your own Cupcake Holder Wreath, visit my FAMILY BLOG

Belle most certainly needed a TUTU for the occassion.  This is what I came up with. And yes, this is the best picture I could get. She is impossibly busy these days and a little naughty too!

First, gather your supplies.  I used elastic, toile, and ribbon.  (I have no idea why this picture refused to face the right direction, but hopefully you get the point.)  This roll of toile I found at Michael's for $2.99 using my 40% coupon it was...well, less.  The roll makes about 3 small TUTUS. 
 Cut a strip of elastic. Either measure your daughter's waist leaving a seam allowance for when you sew it together or cut it long enough to tie around her waist when the skirt is completed.
Next, never mind the embarassing picture with my lunch and other craft projects messily scattered all over my table and unroll your toile. I cut mine into 20 inch strips (my baby is a large 10 month old).  And then I cut those strips in half length- wise to create more narrow strips of toile.
Take one strip and fold it in half making a "U" shape, slide the curved part of your "U" under the elastic.
Now, take the bottom of your toile pull it over your elastic and into the "U."

Pull tight and then repeat until your tutu is full and fluffy.

I added some ribbons to the skirt in the same way that I attached the toile. I chose to sew the elastic together to fit Bell's waist but as I mentioned earlier you can certainly just tie it in the back.
Finally, I made the boys these LUCKY shirts using the Freezer Paper technique that I LOVE so very much.  (See our projects for a tutorial)
That's it!  My crafty contribution to Irish culture. We are now offically one big happy fake Irish family!


  1. I absolutely love cupcake wreaths but, I have never attempted to make one.
    I love yours, I am partial to green anyways.
    Your daughters tutu is adorable...great job!

  2. I'm not into decorating for St. Patrick's day either...but maybe now! I LOVE this!! Wow ♥♥ Thanks for posting, Stacy

  3. I made tutu's instead of treat bags for my daughter's 5th birthday - they were a hit :)