Recently while shopping at our local thrift store ~ where most things can still only cost a quarter! ~ my eyes landed on a big bag of pink tulle. I almost walked away (self control Shanti, self control...) until I remembered seeing the sweetest no sew tutus on line that I had someday hoped to make. So the pink tulle came home with us and was quickly transformed into some fabulous fae wear for my youngest!
Here is a girl you will often find up in a tree with a dirty face, battered jeans and an old plaid shirt, but offer her a pink tutu and she can switch roles rather instantly ~ soon to be found spinning in graceful delight. I suppose what girl can resist the allure of fluffy tulle...
Here is a super simple way to create a tutu.
Thinking it would make a sweet gift for Easter or as a quick great gift for a birthday party.
In the words of my eight year old "It looks complicated but really it's SO easy!" She made her own version in navy blue and dark green, almost completely on her own ~ simple it truly is!
3-6 yards of Tulle (or 2 rolls of 6" tulle)
Hows that for simple!
Measure the recipients waist and cut your elastic to fit (with extra to overlap where you sew).
Sew your elastic together ~ zig zag on the machine or by hand
Decide how long you want your tutu to be, then double the desired length of the tutu + one inch. For example- If you want your tutu to be 12 inches long, you need to cut the tulle in 25 inch lengths.
Then you can cut your squares that length and pile on top of one another
Next cut you pile of squares into strips of about 8 inches or so (cutting them all together makes it go a lot quicker).
I must say tulle is the MOST forgiving fabric I have ever worked with. Your lines can be a rough cut and it still looks fabulous when put all together!
Stretch your elastic around a chair, your knee or (as we used) a stool.
Keep tying the strips of tulle onto your elastic until it fills up full.
This one only took about 30 minutes or so.
There it is... pretty and pink awaiting a fairy to dance in it.
We also decided to add a little extra color.
So we tied on some grass green ribbon to swirl when twirled.
One very happy fairy discovered her new skirt and took it out to play.
and more joy!
A fitting gift for my Solana Fae!
I had so much fun creating this and loved being the photographer on the sidelines while the "new skirt" directed a whole story ~ unfolding with dragons, a wedding, tree climbing, a handsome fairy prince, dancing and best of all big grins and giggles!
May you have a "fae"bulous day!
~ Shanti ~