ThIs DIY girls snowman outfit is a great idea for your Christmas photoshoot. Perfect for Christmas card (before time runs out!) I’m a sucker for a tutu, anything large and pouffy so when I saw this idea on my friend’s Facebook page last year I knew that I had to make it! This project can technically be categorized as easy because anyone can do it, its not complicated but it is TIME consuming. Give yourself 2-3 naps to do this project (3 hours for non nap time crafters). I made two of these outfits so that Scarlett could take pictures with her friend Juliette which turned out exactly as we expected…… two toddlers running in opposite directions and refusing to be anywhere near each other for a picture. The whole shoot was hilarious and super embarrassing. Dena shaking “Dolly” back and forth calling Juliettes name over and over and over while trying to take the picture… me behind her singing, dancing, doing jumping jacks with jazz hands. I was so exhausted when it was over and we got about 5 good pictures out of 400, lol. There was an onlooker who got a kick out of our antics, as nice as she was I have a little advise for her: when you see parents taking pictures of toddlers please do not stand there with your dog. Just wave, laugh and move on. Kids like dogs. Kids will not sit or stand still for a picture when your dog is right in front of them. Oh and when my child is screaming to pet your unfriendly dog and squirming to get out of my arms it is really not a good time to tell me a long story. Thanks.
Annnnnnnnyways, back to this awesome little Snowman tutu outfit!
- 5 yards of tulle (I did 3 yards thick stiff tulle and 2 yards thin normal tulle)
- 3 sheets of felt (green, black, red)
- 3/8 yard of red fleece
- 2 yards of white ribbon
- A girls white shirt
- Scissors, thread, needle
- ** optional Fake holly berries
1. First we will make the hat.
- **You can use hot glue instead of stitching if you prefer!!
- Draw the below shapes on paper using glasses for the circles. Rectangle 8″x2″, the Larger circle is 4″ circumference the smaller circle is 2 3/8″ circumference. You can trim these down as needed once you start stitching. I just eyed it and measured later, does not need to be exact just make it work!
- Cut the shapes out of the black felt
- Fold the rectangle into a tube and stitch the side
- Stitch the top of the hat to the main tube (I don’t have a particular method, the point is to make it stay on…. this is not couture people so just stitch as best you can!)
- Stitch the large circle brim to the bottom of the tube. You can cut a hole in the middle of the large brim circle to make this like a real hat, I didn’t do that but wish I would have.
- Add on the cute little details. Follow the pictures below for making the rosette or visit my tutorial on making rosettes at my YARN WREATH PAGE
2. Cut the scarf
- Cut fleece about 6-8″ wide all the way down to the end, then you can shorten it as needed depending on how old your child is
- Cut the bottom to create fray
In the meantime… keeping Scarlett Em busy while I finish this!
3. Add Black “buttons” onto the white shirt
- I made 3 black rosettes and hot glued them on but you can also use black felt circles or black pom poms. Follow my pictures above for how to make rosettes or visit my Yarn Wreath Tutorial for better instructions
- Hot glue the “buttons” onto the shirt making sure that you pull the front away from the back! You do not want to hot glue your shirt together.
4. Time to make the TUTU!
* Below is a picture of the two different types of tulle that I like to use. I first create the tutu out of the stiff tulle then I go through and fill in with the thinner fluffier tulle, tying knots on top of what is already there so that the top layer is the soft fluffy tulle.
- Roll out enough ribbon to tie around your child’s waist plus enough for a long bow, I used 2 yards.
- Lay out your tulle and cut it into approx 6″ strips. I like to fold my tulle a few times first and then cut the strips so I save time. As you can see below the cut does not need to be straight, it won’t matter… get messy.. be fast.. drink wine.. have fun.
- Cut all of your folded strips in half so that you end up individual strip of tulle.
- Once you have all of your strips cut start knotting them onto the ribbon. See pictures below. I fold the ribbon in half to find the middle then start knotting at the middle and working my way out both ways.
- Just tie knots and push them as close as possible, go around with the thick tulle first and spread it around to the circumference of your childs waist, once you reach that point then start going around and tying knots on top of the original knots using the thin fluffy tulle. If you only bought one type of tulle then follow same steps, do one layer then go back and do a second layer using same tulle
Done!! Final outfit is ready!
Now it is time for photoshoot!