I found some great inspiration from Pinterest a while back. I thought this Tutu was just adorable and I knew that as soon as someone had a baby girl that I was up for the challenge.
Here is what I needed for the project:
Sorry for the poor pictures, my camera was dead at the time!
* Some extra fabric
* 1 1/2 inch elastic
* Rotary cutter
* Straight edge ruler for cutting
Using my rotary cutter, I cut each fabric into one inch stripes. I started out with only 4 stripes of each fabric. I had five different fabric designs all together. I ended up cutting 6 stripes of each fabric by the end of the project, making 30 stripes altogether. You can cut them as long as you want. I ended up making mine about 14 inches long so that I could fold them and double up on the fabric to give it a bit of a fuller skirt.
I cut the elastic band large enough to fit a 3 month old. I used a pair of Lexi's pants to help me gauge the size. Then I sewed the ends together leaving a 1/2 inch of elastic after the stitching. (See Below)
I then separated the ends and folded them down to touch the elastic band. and stitched each end.
I went over the stitching a few times just to make sure it was going to hold.
Then I started taking the stripes of fabric and tying them onto the elastic band. After experimenting for a few minutes, I realized that a slip knot was the best way to tie the fabric onto the elastic.
I did trim the ends a bit off the bottom, but left all the edges unfinished for a bit of a country, rustic look.
And...the final product:
This project cost me about $8.00.
$12.00 for the fabric
$4.00 for the elastic
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Man...I am in deep Tutu if I ever have a little girl!
Shopping and creating for little girls is so much fun!
Happy Hump Day!