DIY Angel Skirt

  We go to Fall Festival at our church every year, instead of Trick or Treating all evening.  Most of the time we try to dress up in a “theme” as a family, but budget wise, I am not willing to go and buy things for this to happen.

It either works, or it doesn’t.

  2 years ago we did a 50’s Family theme, it was so simple because I already had a skirt from college, Destiny’s 50’s outfit fit Avery, and the boys had the right clothes in their closets already!

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The year after that we did Cowboys, Indians and a Horse, of course.

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   I LOVE it when a plan comes together!!!!  You can see all the pictures here.

  This year, I have thought and thought and thought some more, but the theme thing is just not happening.  Sad smile 

   Avery was given a beautiful Egyptian costume that she will wear, Destiny wanted to be an angel last year already, after she spotted my photo props.  I strongly encouraged her to be an Indian instead, promising next time, she could be an angel.  I am keeping my promise! 🙂

Pax modeled these angel wings and halo for me when he was a baby.  How was this less than 2 years ago?

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I had forgotten how BLUE his eyes were!

More angel pics here.

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  Anyhow, I am not going to tell you what the boys are, because I am super excited about it!  Let’s just say inspiration hit me while looking in their closets. I will just have to wait and show you pictures afterwards!  At least the boys will match “themes” and so will Dale and I. Call me childish, but I just love dressing up for our church carnival!!  

  For Destiny’s Angel outfit to be complete, she needed some kind of dress or skirt to go with the wings and halo. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have anything white lying around for this time of year.  So, I decided to make something. I had my heart SET on a feathered skirt from waist to floor, dragging along as she walked. It was going to be BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  But alas, it was not to be so. {sigh} So, I did a tulle and sparkly tulle version instead.   

Here is what you will need for an angel skirt:

7 yards of tulle, cut into strips  {$7}

2 roll of glitter tulle (24 yards)  {$12}

8-20 feather or marabou boas (optional)  {Very expensive!}

Elastic headband or wide piece of elastic, sewn per waist size  {99 cents}

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  Here is how I did it:

  I was making this for my 9 year old, so depending on your child’s height, these measurements will be different for you.  I just held a piece of tulle up to her waist, making sure it just hit the floor, then double that length.

  For Destiny, I cut tulle into strips 6 inches wide x 4 1/2 ft long. 

  I just folded my tulle bolt, and cut it first in 4 1/2 foot sections, then folded that in half the long way, cut in half again, folded in half the long way, cut in half…..and on and on until I had made strips out of the whole thing.

I ended up with 32 strips about 6 inches wide.

 Next, find the center of the long tulle strip.

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Push it down through the bottom row headband hole, or if you are doing elastic, just wrap around the elastic band, leaving the tulle doubled.  IMG_5197

This creates a loop.

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Now you are going to feed the rest of the tulle clear through that loop and tug tightly.

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In the end it makes a tidy little knot, and you haven’t had to touch it with a sewing machine. Hallelujah!

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Repeat this along the entire bottom row of the headband, or clear around your elastic waist band, until all the tulle is used.  I had almost enough tulle for one per hole.

  Next, I cut my glitter tulle roll into the same 4 1/2 feet lengths and fed them through in the exact same manner.  This time though, I added them to the next row up on the headband and spaced them evenly.

  I wish you could see all the sparkles! Just use your imagination…..    🙂

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  Like I mentioned earlier, if I could’ve found affordable feather boas, my original plan was to make the ENTIRE skirt out of feathers in the same manner as I described, looping through the headband holes.   Unfortunately for me, most of the boas I found were $7.00 a piece and I would’ve had to buy 10+. YIKES!  I found the marabou version online for a $1.25 each, but with a ridiculous $15.48 for shipping, it was still more than I wanted to spend.

  I think even a few strips of feathers throughout the skirt would’ve been pretty. I am bummed that NO ONE has feathers by the roll, but still happy with how this tulle version turned out for my little angel.

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  More pics to come after Fall Fest is over.

~T