We have a first birthday coming up and I've been party prepping for what feels like, forever. The invitations have been sent out and I'm waiting for the RSVPs to start rolling in. Currently we are at an extremely slow trickle, I hope the pace picks up soon. While waiting for the RSVPs I've been securing my decorations; purchasing what I can online and browsing through Pinterest for anything I might be able to make. One thing I've seen over and over again is the "highchair tutu" that is used for photo ops during the typical 1st birthday party for a little girl.
I'm no DIY Diva, but I've been venturing out and trying more and more projects as of late. Recently I shared the "Soda Box Number 1" I made all by myself (which I'm still very proud of, by the way) and today I'm going to share the "Highchair Tutu" I made. Please keep in mind this isn't a step by step tutorial, this is just a recount of my experience trying out this DIY project.
Tulle, 1 or more colors - I purchased mine at a local Joanne Fabric store
Rotary Cutter (pictured below)
Hobby Matt (pictured below)
Ribbon or elastic, I used ribbon
Glue dots, Velcro or tape for adhering the tutu to the highchair
Step 1: Getting fabric home and cutting it
Once I got back from the fabric store I had to cut the tulle into strips, measuring about how far down I wanted to the tulle to hang from the highchair and then doubling it*.
*This is important because if you only cut the tulle the length you want it to hang down, when you tie it on the ribbon it will actually hang down half that length.
I folded the tulle over and cut it, using my rotary cutter and hobby mat. You can use scissors to cut the tulle but I imagine it will take much longer. I didn't use the rotary cutter to be precise but to save time. If the strips of tulle aren't completely equal or even it really doesn't matter in the long run once they are tied on to the ribbon and hanging in a group.
Step 2: Creating a pattern
I decided to use 3 colors of tulle, because since this was my first go-around I of course had to make it more complicated for myself.
I decided I wanted to use the lighter, champagne color tulle on the sides of the highchair, with the main focus in the front being on the darker and lighter pinks.
The pattern I created was as follows:
1 dark pink, 1 light pink (repeat 3 more times), 1 champagne, 1 dark pink, 1 light pink (repeat 3 more times), 1 champagne and so on and so forth until I ran out of both pinks. Then I would use the champagne to finish it off.
I found the champagne broke up the pinks just enough in the front to give it some dimension but did not over-whelm it at all.
Step 3: Looping the tulle over the ribbon
I tied the ribbon to a banister in my house that allowed me to have the tutu straightened out as I worked. I then took the strips of tulle and one at at time, tied them to the ribbon. This process isn't hard, it is a bit time consuming. There are only three steps though:
Fold the strip of tulle in half and place it under the ribbon.
Tie the tulle in a knot and pull tightly.
I did this over and over and over and over again but I must say I am very pleased with how it came out.
The Finished Product
I will say, once this party is over I'm not going to know what to do with all of my free time. Check back for more updates on party planning and see how the party comes together in a few weeks!