How to Make a Toddler Mardi Gras Tutu Dress DIY

by | Feb 27, 2014 | Baby, Toddler & Children's Clothing, DIY & Crafts

Good Day fellow crafters,

So I am going to warn you right now that this post has a TON of images!

I seriously could not contain myself! I decided for this week’s Thrifty Thursday I was going to show you how to make an adorable mardi gras dress. Ava and I had a little trip to our local hobby lobby & my simple mardi gras dress turned into a masterpiece!! Not only was it a masterpiece, but it was so simple to make!! I wanted to keep it simple so you mommas had time to make it before Mardi Gras…which is next Tuesday.

DIY Toddler Mardi Gras Dress How To Tutorial

“Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!”

-Famous Mardi Gras Quote

 

Ok so lets get started, no time to waste!!

DIY Toddler Mardi Gras Dress How To Tutorial
DIY Toddler Mardi Gras Dress How To Tutorial
A breathtaking mardi gras dress for your little to enjoy the festivals!
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Ingredients
  1. I have no idea what this material is actually called, however it’s a very popular material for headbands. I am sure you have seen it before…1 roll – Purple (check out this lined version online)
  2. 2 rolls of tulle – onepurple, one sparkly purple {add one more if your child is taller}
  3. 3. 2 rolls of sparkly ribbon – one gold, one dark green
  4. 4. 2 bags of feathers – 1 purple, 1 green {unless you decide not to do a bow, just purple}
  5. 1 roll of lace with ribbon trim – purple (I can't find a link to a purple lace anywhere, but you can pick it up at any craft store)
  6. 1 gold mardi gras beads
  7. A mardi gras pendant {I chose a mask}
Instructions
  1. Ok so the only sewing that you will be doing is right here….measure your baby’s chest and then measure the headband material 1/4 – 1/2 of an inch smaller {it stretches}….cut that length 3 times.
  2. Sew the longest sides together making it taller. Then sew the ends together making it a circle.
  3. Measure your child from her ribs to her knees, double that & cut 20-30 pieces of each tulle. {40-60 altogether}
  4. Now for the tying of the tulle. Tie your plain purple in ever other hole, then go back and fill those holes with the sparkly tulle….tying is simple…fold your tulle in half, push it through a bottom row hole, bring your two ends through and pull down.
  5. Next, the ribbons! Cut your ribbons the height you measured for your child {DO NOT DOUBLE}…cut about 10-15 in each color….Now, in between each hole there is a smaller hole slightly above it, but not in the row above it…do you see it??…ok this might be a pain to get these through but you will get the hang of is soon promise…it’s easier to push the ribbon through if you roll it up…now push it through just enough to be able to fold it down for the hot glueing later. You will want to thread your ribbons like so…Gold {tulle, tulle, tulle} Green {tulle, tulle, tulle} Gold, {tulle, tulle, tulle} Green…etc. {hope that makes sense}
  6. Once all the ribbons are threaded in, get your hot glue gun out & add glue to tip and fold down onto ribbon {Make sure you’re glueing the ribbon so that the flap is behind. Don’t want it showing}. *note: I googled if gluing or glueing was the proper way to spell it & each had been used. If you happen to find the correct way let me know!
  7. Keeping your hot glue gun on, lets glue some purple feathers on! What is mardi gras without feathers?? Pull out your normal purple tulle and glue about 2-4 feathers on each tulle half. {make sure to go slow & not burn yourself a million times!!}
  8. Now it’s time for our beautiful sleeves….these sleeves totally remind me of a disney princess..so adorable! ❤ ❤ ❤ Measure your child’s chest over shoulder to shoulder blade. Cut two pieces of your purple lace & hot glue to your top, making sleeves. I made mine so that they would fall off the shoulders however you can make yours to rest on the shoulders if desired.
  9. Now hot glue a gold ribbon to one sleeve and a green ribbon to the other!! I put the glue more on the bottom half of the ribbon so that the top half came out a bit. I also cut the ends of mine to a triangular shape {view image below}
  10. ALMOST DONE LADIES!!! Another thing that mardi gras is known for is….can you guess it??? BEADDDDSS!! However, our babies are not going to have to flash anyone to get these, even though toddlers are know to randomly do so lol. Cut your beads to three random sizes, stick an end into a hole, preferably the same hole or close to each other & hot glue the ends together. Attach your pendant to the top & voila c’est fini!!!
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1. Ok so the only sewing that you will be doing is right here….measure your baby’s chest and then measure the headband material 1/4 – 1/2 of an inch smaller {it stretches}….cut that length 3 times.

2. Sew the longest sides together making it taller. Then sew the ends together making it a circle.

3. Measure your child from her ribs to her knees, double that & cut 20-30 pieces of each tulle. {40-60 altogether}

DIY Toddler Mardi Gras Dress How To Tutorial

4. Now for the tying of the tulle. Tie your plain purple in ever other hole, then go back and fill those holes with the sparkly tulle….tying is simple…fold your tulle in half, push it through a bottom row hole, bring your two ends through and pull down.

5. Next, the ribbons! Cut your ribbons the height you measured for your child {DO NOT DOUBLE}…cut about 10-15 in each color….Now, in between each hole there is a smaller hole slightly above it, but not in the row above it…do you see it??…ok this might be a pain to get these through but you will get the hang of is soon promise…it’s easier to push the ribbon through if you roll it up…now push it through just enough to be able to fold it down for the hot glueing later. You will want to thread your ribbons like so…Gold {tulle, tulle, tulle} Green {tulle, tulle, tulle} Gold, {tulle, tulle, tulle} Green…etc. {hope that makes sense}

6. Once all the ribbons are threaded in, get your hot glue gun out & add glue to tip and fold down onto ribbon {Make sure you’re glueing the ribbon so that the flap is behind. Don’t want it showing}.

  • note: I googled if gluing or glueing was the proper way to spell it & each had been used. If you happen to find the correct way let me know!

7. Keeping your hot glue gun on, lets glue some purple feathers on! What is mardi gras without feathers?? Pull out your normal purple tulle and glue about 2-4 feathers on each tulle half. {make sure to go slow & not burn yourself a million times!!}

 

DIY Toddler Mardi Gras Dress How To Tutorial

8. Now it’s time for our beautiful sleeves….these sleeves totally remind me of a disney princess..so adorable! ❤ ❤ ❤ Measure your child’s chest over shoulder to shoulder blade. Cut two pieces of your purple lace & hot glue to your top, making sleeves. I made mine so that they would fall off the shoulders however you can make yours to rest on the shoulders if desired.

9. Now hot glue a gold ribbon to one sleeve and a green ribbon to the other!! I put the glue more on the bottom half of the ribbon so that the top half came out a bit. I also cut the ends of mine to a triangular shape.

10. ALMOST DONE LADIES!!! Another thing that mardi gras is known for is….can you guess it??? BEADDDDSS!! However, our babies are not going to have to flash anyone to get these, even though toddlers are know to randomly do so lol. Cut your beads to three random sizes, stick an end into a hole, preferably the same hole or close to each other & hot glue the ends together. Attach your pendant to the top & voila c’est fini!!!

I know that your thinking…

but what about the bow???

Well this is where I want your creative minds! I want you to make your own design. I added bells because it reminded me of those joker hats that some people wear during the celebrations, but I want to see your creativity at work!

If you decided to make this dress for your little please please please take a picture on instagram #omlivin and or tag @omlivin so I can know it’s there! I love seeing everyone’s work!! 🙂

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Be sure to snap a photo & hashtag #omlivin during or after making this tutorial! I would love to know how it turned out for you!

How does it look?? Do you love it?? I sure hope so!! I know that Ava kept dancing and showing off in it ❤ ❤ 

Ok so remember how I told you there were going to be a ton of pictures…

well I had a mini photo sesh in our kitchen for Ava & took about 80 pictures. After going through them all I felt that only about 40 something were non motion pictures…she was wayyy to into the props to be sitting still and looking at the camera for me…ugh! lol…but I had to narrow those down as much as I could! It was hard work, however I added an album on my Google+ page if you would like to see the whole photoshoot! {Click the links to take you to the albums} Below are the ones I narrowed down for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy & PIN!!!

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Question of the Day:

How do you celebrate mardi gras? Let me know in the comments down below!

See super simple! How does it look? What colors did you end up using? I would love to see pictures on Instagram or Google+, use the hashtag #omlivin so the Om Livin’ community can see! Feel free to post any questions or ideas on below in the comments or via social media as well! Be sure to come back on Thursdays for more thrifty tutorials! Or don’t forget that you can always subscribe to get weekly posts in your inbox! As always, thank you for reading today’s post, I hope this project fits well in your home & fills you with pride knowing that YOU were the one made it!

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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

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6 Comments

  1. anitaboeira

    What a beautiful girl! Looks like she loved the dress. I actually want to sue this tutorial to make myself a mardi gras tutu…

    Reply
    • Om Livin'

      Thank you! She does love the dress, she walks around like a princess when she’s wearing it! haha. Aw CUTE! take pictures on instagram if you do make it! 😀

      Reply
  2. Morgan Timm

    That is so cute! I admire your ability to come up with something so beautiful on your own, that’s so great! Posts like these make me so excited to have a little one someday. Yours is awfully precious, such a sweet looking doll.

    Reply
    • Om Livin'

      Aw thank you girl! Sometimes it’s hard when it seems like everything has already been done on pinterest…but this one just came to me & of course hobby lobby was having a sale on their ribbons so I had to get everything haha! I am so lucky to have such a sweet little girl & am excited for all the future photo shoots I get to take with her!! ❤ ❤

      Reply
  3. Monica

    Totes adorbs.

    Reply
    • Om Livin'

      Thanks girl! ❤

      Reply

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