Tuesday, February 2, 2010

There is something magical about tutus.  Anyone who has ever been around a little girl knows that this is true.  Tutus are not just for dancers.  They bring out the spirit of fairies, and princesses, and everything that feels pretty.

Tutus are easy and cheap to make, so I am amazed at how often I see them at craft fairs selling for 30-40 dollars.  All it takes is a little bit of tulle which is a very inexpensive fabric.  You can usually buy it for about a dollar or so.  To make a basic tutu for a four year old, you need as little as a yard of tulle.  More would make it fuller and fancier.  You can also add ribbons and trim, but you don't have to.  If your child is small you can use a stretchy fabric adult sized headband for the waist.  Or you can measure off some elastic, or even  a string to tie around the waist.

To attache the tulle, cut it into little strips first.  Then fold the strip in half, lay it under the belt, and feed the two ends over the belt and back through the loop.  Easy.  You can use the same technique in miniature to make fabric scrunchies.  Those are great fun for sports teams.

Now, if you don't have any little girls in your life, you can still enjoy the smiles a tutu brings.  I made a small one with pink and white tulle to decorate my cement lawn goose for valentine.  Call me crazy, but it makes me smile.

This is posted as part of Steady Mom’s 30 minute blog challenge


Kim & Dave said...

Wow! That would be easy! Thanks for sharing!

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

Chloe just turned 3 and discovered her love of tutus about a year ago. While initially my husband was a bit skeptical about letting her wear them everywhere...when he sees the delighted smile on her every time she wears one, he just smiles.

Tutus certainly are magical!

se7en said...

Now that is a cutie in her tutu!!! Have a good day!!!

jen said...

You are so right! I love tutu's. I made one for my niece for Christmas and she loved it! Maybe I'll make one for myself to wear around the house, it would definitely make my husband laugh.

suzannah said...

i have a new infant and live miles from a craft store, so i shelled out 20-some bucks for one on etsy, but it is beautiful and i just love to watch my 2 yr old play in it. the best!