March 5, 2016

A Ballerina Bedroom and Tutu Bedskirt Tutorial

My daughter, Laura, and her husband bought their house about a year and half ago.  They have done so much to make it their own and it's really a beautiful home now.  My husband and I have had a lot of fun on several Saturdays helping them with projects.

Their daughter, Rhynn, is 3 1/2 and has started taking ballet lessons.  Laura teaches the class at their home school co-op.  She also started taking ballet when she was three.

Laura spotted a 'tutu bed skirt' recently and wanted my help making it.  She found this wonderful day bed last fall. It was a dark green and she transformed it with white spray paint.  It has the trundle bed underneath and will be perfect when Rhynn gets a little older and wants to have a friend spend the night.

So on our last trip to Grand Rapids, we stopped at HobbyLobby and found some fabric and tulle.

Laura cut an old bed sheet the size of the twin mattress. Rhynn and I measured from the bed frame to the floor and added an inch for the hem. (16")  I cut the pink heart fabric we purchased to make an unruffled skirt.

We used the 6" wide tulle that comes on a roll.  We bought two rolls but ended up not needing all of the second roll.  We're saving it to make a ballerina pillow with a tulle skirt.

We cut the tulle into 32" lengths, folded them in half to match the 16" bed skirt.  We then accordion folded the each piece to ruffle it up and attached it to the top of the skirt piece.
When I attached the first strip to the skirt it was a little shorter than I expected.  So I would add a little to each strip.  (16" wide skirt = 34" strips of tulle folded in half)  I just moved my strips down an inch to accommodate.

Rhynn helped fold the strips of tulle.
Because of the way the day bed is made and where it's positioned in the room, we only made a skirt for the front of the bed.
And here's a happy little dancer in a ballerina bedroom! (wearing her pink batman shirt) :)
She needed to be in every picture - lol

We found this ballerina quilt at HomeGoods.
Laura gets full credit for this bright and happy room.  I love all the jewel tones and the soft lavender walls. She offered Rhynn paint swatches when she was only two years old and Rhynn consistently picked pink and purple!  Those are Laura's old point shoes hanging on the wall.

A shelf with pink bins holds lots of stuff on the opposite wall. I found this cute wall art at HobbyLobby.
This cute giraffe chair and ottoman and the ballerina storage also came from HomeGoods.  That's a Dora the Explorer night light behind the chair but Dora was 'so last year!.' :)

Levi also got a room makeover recently.  He turned five in January and is in love with super heroes. I'll post some pictures of his room soon.

Have a great weekend!  We woke up this morning to fresh snow and it's the start of Spring break!

love and blessings~

"Behold, I will set your stones in turquoise, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires. I will make your summits of rubies and your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones."
Isaiah 54:11,12
day bed - second hand
ballerina quilt - HomeGoods
Ballerina shoe pillow - Meijer
curtains - I made them years ago
child's chair - HomeGoods
Ballerina storage bin - HomeGoods
Pink storage bins - HomeGoods
Jesus Loves Me wall art - HobbyLobby
lamps - I bought years ago and they're spray painted
DANCE  - HobbyLobby years ago - spray painted
ballerina bear was Laura's when she was little
wicker furniture was Laura's when she was little

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  1. This is absolutely adorable. What a happy little girl and such a pretty room!

    1. Thank you, Mary! She is a sweetie and loves her room.

  2. How cute! What a perfect room...I would even love one like that! Happy Spring!

    1. Thanks so much! It makes me want to be little again too! :)

  3. What a nice room. Your granddtr is lovely and I love that she is helping you..budding DIYers start early.

    1. Thank you, Wendy! She was fascinated with the sewing machine and wanted to help all she could. love her!

  4. Just darling, a lovely & darling room for a lovely & darling little girl! How wonderful to have her helping, looks like she enjoyed it too.
    Blessings, Candy

    1. Thank you, Candy! It makes it fun when they're so excited over it! She loves her room.