Where dreams of crafts and projects and decorations come to die. I love a good craft, but this year I’ve been a little behind for obvious reasons. (Preschool, construction, and baby… oh my!) Apparently Halloween is the #2 holiday as far as money spent ($8 billion), and from the looks of Pinterest, I can see why! So what’s my costume craft? Heres a hint:
In case you missed it, check out my one other Halloween project, (moderately) #spookyspaces mantle, that I posted about last week… I’m loving my pumpkin collection and will definitely bust these out every year for some autumn good cheer. But enough about decor… what about the big day itself and COSTUMES?! Last year, we didn’t have Halloween because of Hurricane Sandy and the year before that, Eleanor was 2 1/2 and Oliver was 1…. so their memory for Halloween is a little blurry.
Sometime in September, I asked both of them what they wanted to be for Halloween and Eleanor immediately declared a fairy ballerina (she’s since dropped the ‘fairy’) and Oliver wanted to be a superhero (I think because of Super Grover). Oliver was given a Super Hero costume for his birthday so that was all set, so I decided it might be fun to try and make a ballerina costume (with a nod to ‘fairy’ just to make it more fun to make!). Google “tutu” and you pretty much come up with post after post outlining the same basic steps that I used. But I got carried away and pimped this tutu out a bit…
- Tulle (I used 4 yards for this tutu)
- Strip of fabric for waist band
- ribbon/ fabric paint*
- shiny fabric*
*Optional… I used these for embellishments
Step 1: Cut your tulle into strips twice as long as you want your tutu. Mine were about 6″ wide.
Steps 2-4: Fold each strip of tulle in half and wrap around the elastic by pulling the ends through the loop in the middle. Work your way around the elastic with strips of tulle until the tutu fits the waist of your ballerina.
For the whole mind/ body experience, I made this tutu while catching up on some Project Runway…
Step 5. Cut your ribbon to whatever length you want. Use fabric paint, decorate the length of your ribbon. Eleanor requested flowers, hearts and shooting stars.
Step 6. To attach the ribbon, I just knotted each length around my elastic.
Step 7. Cut out petals from your shiny fabric.
Steps 8-11. Cut out strip of fabric for waist band (I used an old Goodwill shirt…) Lay out petals and pin the petals to your waist band fabric with right sides facing. Sew petals onto your waist band.
Step 12. Pin the waist band below the knots of your tulle and sew being careful not to sew the elastic.
Step 11. Fold the waist band over the elastic and hand sew along the back of your tutu.
Step 12: I used some leftover tulle strips and sewed them onto the ends of the elastic so that there would be a nice tulle bow when I tied the tutu around her waist.
Eleanor is thrilled by her (fairy) ballerina tutu! When she’s inside she just wears a leotard underneath, but for trick-or-treating she’ll obviously have to have her coat on so just as well that the skirt is a statement piece with a capital S.
She’s particularly pleased with her decorated ribbons because the shooting stars were her idea…
Tulle is like $1.25 a yard and elastic is probably even cheaper, so you do the math on this. My embellishments maybe took it to the $10 point. Maybe. What DIY Halloween projects or costumes have you all been working on?!
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