Thursday, July 21, 2011

Every Girl Needs a Tutu

My friend Heather needed something cute for her newborn baby girl's pictures.  So, I made a tutu and headband for her in about an hour.  It is easy and darling.  Just look at her precious Maggie.

To begin, measure a piece of 1/2" elastic for the waist and begin tying knots of tulle (18" lengths) along the elastic.  I alternate between pink and white.

At both ends of the elastic, take long strips of crosgrain ribbon and glue it to the elastic as shown.  You will knot the tulle over the ribbon seam to add extra security and hide the seam.

 Voila, you have a beautiful, full tutu!

To make the headband, cut a strip of fabric 2" by 20".  Tie a knot in one end, tuck the flap on the back,  and begin twisting the fabric to the right, turning as you twist.  Secure with hot glue as you go.

When you get to the end, secure the fabric end to the back side with hot glue.

 I embellished mine with pearls, layered them, and glued them to tulle and felt.  To make the tulle background, cut it into medium sized hearts, and cross cut them as shown here.  Layer a few of the tulle hearts around the back as you like it, then glue the fabric flowers, to the tulle and felt.  (I cut a small oval out of the felt to provide the support for the back.)

For an infant headband, I used stretch lace from the fabric store.  Measure the head of the infant, and then hot glue to the appropriate size.  Then glue on the fabric flower attachment.  For older girls, glue on a large rubberband or pinch clip to the backside!

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