10.24.2011

mom milestone: DIY tutu (aka Mari's first halloween costume).

When I say 'mom milestone,' this one is a milestone for my mom. She's the one responsible for this DIY. While this was a bit of a collaboration, this DIY is as easy as they come - one person need only apply. Unless you have a baby too tiny to stand on her own, and measuring her little belly requires four hands.
Until kids are old enough to know what Halloween is, this holiday really is about what you want them to be, isn't it? So, this should come as no surprise to those who know me best - Mari will be a ballerina for her first halloween. I mean, look at her - she's even got a little bit of a turnout going and she doesn't even know it.

Tutus are everywhere these days, but you can make your own in no time and for very little $, and it's exactly how you want it. Here's what you need:
+ one spool of tulle, which comes in all sorts of fun colors
+ 1/2" band of elastic
+ fabric scissors
+ needle + thread (or sewing machine if you have one)

Here's whatcha do:
1. Measure your tiny dancer and cut elastic to appropriate length. Give yourself an extra inch or two.

2. Measure how long you want the skirt to be, double that measurement and start cutting pieces of tulle. Don't go nuts - cut two dozen or so at a time.

3. Take two pieces of tulle, bend them in half and place the loop just above the elastic band.
Note: for a thinner skirt, you can use a single piece of tulle, but we like pouf in this house so we doubled up.

4. Swoop the loop of the tulle over one side of the elastic and pull the loose ends through, a la step four in my DIY on gift tags.
4. Pull tightly on the loose ends of the tulle to make a knot.
5. Slide it on down the elastic (you want the knots really bunched up).
6. Repeat steps three through five until you have something magical, like this.
7. Once it's ready to wear, measure it again on your little subject and stitch the ends of the elastic band together with needle and thread, or a sewing machine.

I just love tulle, and I'm thinking she might need one for every holiday. Srsly.

3 comments:

mary said...

adorable! ellie needs one! :)

Alison said...

Oh man, now I'm tempted to find some of our old IDA photos...

Karen said...

Alison,
Every baby girl needs a tutu. Olivia was gifted one and we used that outfit as her Christmas card skirt (at 1 mos.) :-)
Pink is perfect for Mari!
Karen