Saturday, December 31, 2011

Tutu's for my girly girls

Not to be out done by the other mom in my 5yo dd's ballet class, (but, certainly inspired,)  I was determined to make her tutu for the Christmas Open House mini recital, myself.  Pinterest to the rescue. 
I found a couple of sites that give great tutorials for making your own tutu.

You Seriously Made That!? is the one I chose to use for this particular project since it uses elastic, which is what the other mom uses.  It is so easy.  The only time I used a needle and thread was to quickly sew the elastic together.  (Once I figure out what the zigzag stitch is on my sewing machine, it will go even quicker.)  Here are a couple of pictures of the tutu that I made...

The site mentioned above, gives awesome, easy-to-follow directions, so I won't even bother to go into that.  The only thing I altered was the length of the tulle, so that it was the same size as the other girls' tutus.  I will also say that I used a 3 ring binder, probably a 1 inch, to hold the elastic while adding all the tulle.  I have no idea how much tulle I used.  I had a 100 yard roll, and used well over 1/2 of it.  But, the binder gave it enough stretch while adding the tulle, that it was perfectly full and thick when I finished and pulled it off the binder. 
This site, Modern Day Moms, makes the tutus with ribbon at the waist instead of elastic.  I think this is a cute variation and will be trying it in the future.

I stocked up on tulle of different girly colors at Hobby Lobby when it was 50% off, so I can make many more for both of my dear daughters, nieces, and little girly friends.  

To save the best for is the tutu, being worn by the cutest 5 year old ballerina ever.