If I’m Going To Be Athletic, I’m Going To Be Cute! Making My No-Sew Running Tutu!

Happy Monday!!

Things are nutty around here. If all goes as planned, this blog will have a new look soon. If not, I will ask for your patience and forgiveness!!! Fingers crossed!

I was checking my email this morning and saw that Melyssa, a fellow expat blogger, is challenging herself to do one positive thing each week! This week, I am hoping to complete week two of my C25K app. My other bestie in Minneapolis called to let me know she is doing it too, so I’m hoping we can check the next three runs off our app by Saturday!!

You will be proud to know that I did all three last week!!! Whew! I also have a new running skirt I want to wear, so there’s that too….



Monsters University Run!

This week’s goal will also help prep me for an upcoming 5K! DH wanted to participate in a race for his birthday. With the release of the Monsters University movie there was an opportunity for the family to participate in a run together! The boy and I said, “yes” so he signed us up for the Monsters University Run at the end of the month.

I am excited to run with my favorite little Monster!

We signed up for the run before DH got sick. Things have changed a bit: DH is healing and can’t participate in the run with us. However, the doctor is happy with his progress and he will be at the finish line waiting for us and cheering us on!!

When I checked the website, I noticed that most of the runners were families in costume! At many of Disney races, female participants wear running tutus! I did a little research and found a blogger who had a video tutorial on how to create a no-sew running tutu.

It looked cheap, fun and easy. I decided to give it a whirl!

First, I went to Pariasan and purchased tulle and grosgrain ribbon.

I decided on “Mike Wazowski green” for the tutu!

I saw differing suggestions online about the amount of tulle to purchase–somewhere between 10-12 yards. I went with 9 yards {but I’m small} and it worked great: I had plenty left over to create layers.

Securing the fabric was a snap! The word for tulle is the same in Spanish: tul!!

Then, I went home and gathered my materials: a pillow, ribbon, scissors and tulle!

Per the tutorial, the construction is pretty simple: tie a ribbon around the pillow and cut the tulle into strips. Now you’re ready to begin creating your skirt!

Begin tying the tulle into knots, circling the pillow!

20130614-034044.jpgThe finished product was much fluffier and a little longer than I thought.

I would recommend making the tutu first and trying it on when you are finished to see how it looks on your body. Then, you can trim your tutu to your desired length.

The photo below was taken by DH {he is a business person, not a photographer} as I was trying the tutu on to see how short I wanted to cut it.

I’m going to trim it {because right now it is a gigantic ball gown that might injure another runner} and promise to post photos of the finished product on race day.

The photo is a little fuzzy, but I can assure you that the tutu came out great! I was surprised + impressed with the results and ease of assembly. And even Manuela, who would pretty much rather be dead than say something nice to me had to concede that the tutu was impressive!

The good thing about Melyssa is that she’s forgiving if the goal you set isn’t reached—she’s one of those “claim it” type people. Kristen, (MLPS bestie) on the other hand is a hard customer! She’s from Jersey, and you do NOT want to tell her why you did not get something checked off the list! Off I go to get started!!!

Happy Monday!

XO, kim
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About Orange Marigolds

Welcome to "Orange Marigolds". My name is Kim, and I am the editor of this blog. I write food, travel and lifestyle articles. I love Halloween and host a lot of fun giveaways! I live in Michigan with my husband, son and dogs. Thanks for visiting.
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11 Responses to If I’m Going To Be Athletic, I’m Going To Be Cute! Making My No-Sew Running Tutu!

  1. Foodie in WV says:

    Cute skirt! I love that it doesn’t involve any sewing πŸ™‚

  2. markandmal says:

    Good luck with your goal for the week! Even though I don’t run, the Monsters University run sounds like a ton of fun! I’m so excited for the movie to come out. Your tutu is super cute!

  3. I used a similar idea to make a peacock tutu for Halloween a few years ago! Super fun!!

  4. Commenting from the Weekly Wishes Link Up. Best of luck with the run to you all and I’m loving the tutu!

  5. Annie says:

    Wow this is going to be a fun run! Best of luck to you!

  6. Wooo this is so adorable and awesome Kim! I love your goal and how you wove this creative project into it, too! I hope your run goes well (I’ve never been good at running…) and I have a feeling your tutu will steal the show. πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up! It’s so nice to have you join us. πŸ™‚

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