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Crafts for home decor: Tutu Lamp Shade {& tutu-torial}

Home and garden, Making flower, Other crafts, Sewing  |  September 27th 2011  |  0 Comment
 I bought a pink lamp at a thrift store for a couple bucks a while back.
I thought it would be cute in my daughter’s room.
 It had a cream shade on it that was probably once cute.
The glue was yellowy-orange in places,
there were stains on it,
and it was pretty shabby.
The lamp has sat “AS IS” on my daughter’s table for almost a year.
Until yesterday…{note: I did rip that top part…it wasn’t sitting in her room that shabby}
I wanted to make her a tutu lamp.
There’s something magical and graceful about ballerinas,
I think that’s why many girls dream about becoming one…
I have made a couple tutus in the past when my daughter was first born:
They are super super easy!  I first decided on how long I wanted the “skirt” part to be.
I decided on 10 inches because I wanted a little overhang on the bottom of the shade. (plus you can always cut it shorter, but can’t make it longer)
I cut strips twice that long (20 inches) because the tulle is doubled up when you tie it.
Last time I made a tutu I bought the tulle that comes in a roll that is already 6 inches wide.
This time, I just cut them 6 inches wide myself.
The great thing about cutting all of these strips is that you don’t have to be perfect and precise in your cuts.
I REPEAT, you DO NOT have to be PERFECT!
I’m not sure how many strips I cut, probably around 70ish
It will vary depending on how big and frilly you want it :)
I used a hair headband elastic to tie the strips to.
It’s the perfect size and I didn’t have to sew anything together!
It also doesn’t matter what color because it gets covered up anyway
You can see I used blue…
 {tip: make sure it’s about 2 inches smaller than what you need because it stretches after all the knots!}
NEXT STEP: go to a comfortable place {couch} and watch a TV show {Nate Berkus} and tie the tulle strips to the elastic.
Fold the tulle in half and tie a loop knot.
{tip: make all of the knots go the same way}
It should look something like this:
You can leave them loose if you wish, but I chose to tighten mine quite a bit. This makes a fuller, puffier tutu because you can fit more on.
By the end of the TV show, you should have completed filling the full loop of elastic with tulle strips all the way around.
unless you accidentally got so caught up in said TV show that you didn’t “work” the entire time…
then it may take you another show…
I’m not necessarily saying it happened to me, but it could happen…
 Silly me, I was about to go to the fabric store to replace the cream fabric
when it dawned on me to,
hello, 
SPRAY PAINT it!
I already had a bottle of Krylon Ballet Slipper pink in the garage so I raced outside and doused it a few times.
{after taking off all those pearly beads, of course}
I covered the top part of the shade with some pink ribbon I had on hand using my glue gun.
I fitted the lamp shade with the tutu skirt, trimmed up some of the edges,
and finished her off with a purdy pink bow!
It’s big and puffy but I like it that way!