So, I have been wanting to get Belle a tutu for a while now, but all the ones I've found on Etsy are so expensive! Granted, I'm sure they are really nice, but I don't really want to spend $25+ for a tutu. Sure, there are some cheaper ones, but either they are too short, not full, or for dolls. Seriously, $8 for a doll tutu?! I could make one for a dollar! After a little searching on the internet, I found a no-sew tutu tutorial. Many in fact. All a little different but very similar. The title is misleading because there is a little sewing (you have to sew the elastic together), but other than that one part, the rest is done by hand. It's a lot of knotting/tieing. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot. Unless you don't want it very full, and would prefer a more simple, graceful looking tutu, then you wouldn't require as much tulle.
I decided to go all out and added a whole bunch so it's really puffy. *grin* I went with white, light purple, and hot pink (that one Belle picked out). I haven't decided if I'm going to put rhinestones or ribbons on it as well, just to kind of dress it up so it isn't so plain. But, in the end, I don't expect it to cost more than $10 (that's assuming I buy some embellishments...if I don't, then obviously it'll be even cheaper). And if I had made it shorter (I made it to hit at about her knees) or not made it so full, it would have been even cheaper. I can see why there are so many people seeling tutus on Etsy though. They are addicting! I've made one and want to make more because they are so cute! Maybe I will make one for her dolls after all.
I plan on making a superhero cape for Grahm for Christmas as well, so he's not left out. As for Casey, I haven't decided what I can make that's age appropriate, yet somewhat easy. Any ideas????
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