|Photo by Amy Tripple Photography|
I wanted another one in Christmas colors-- red and white-- sort of like a candy cane. And so I thought to myself, I bet I could give it a go... here is what I came up with.
2 rolls of tulle (red and white)- I bought the Wyla brand at Joann's in their wedding section. $2.24 each.
1 package of elastic- I bought the 3/4 inch, and it was about $2.50
1 spool of satin ribbon - about $2.00
** Did you catch that this was like $10 to make? Less once I factor in I did not use up all of my supplies.
For size, all I did was measure the elastic around a pair of Ava's pants, and overlap about 1 inch (I wanted it to be tight enough to not fall off). I then cut a length of tulle, and held it against her pants to try to gauge it at about knee length. I figured as it got fuller, it might get a little shorter. Remember that you are going to fold the tulle strip in half, so you want to double the length from the waist to the knee. See below for my horrible hand-sewing job. But it is sturdy so it will be fine.
It is difficult to tell, but I tied 2 strips of red to 1 strip of white... in order to knot around the elastic, all I did was fold the tulle in half, place the strip behind the elastic with the loop upside down, bring the tulle around the elastic and pull it through the loop. You can sort of see all of the "knots" in a row where I pulled the tulle through. Make sure all of your "knots" are all on the same side of the elastic.
Once I finished the hours of tying tulle (while watching movies at night), I turned the tutu inside out (so that all the little knots were on the inside) and tied a little bow on.
Very easy, even if it does take a bit of time!
Once I figure out how to get Ava to stand still, I will have to add a picture of her in her tutu... it looks adorable on her!