With two boys, I don’t get the opportunity to make tutus and fairy wands very often! (Although, I have made the boys “wizard” wands instead.) Well, my niece’s fourth birthday was this weekend, which sounded like the perfect opportunity to make something frou-frou like a tutu! They are actually quite easy, and I need to make another one today to donate to the school fundraising auction. I didn’t really use a tutorial from another source per se, but read a bunch of different tutorials and used a conglomeration of ideas to make one. I used some underwear elastic, 3/4″, made a circle with it, and sewed it closed. I used J as my model to try to make sure I made it the right size. The elastic will stretch when you start tying on the tulle, so you want to keep that in mind. I bought 6″ wide tulle in the bridal aisle of JoAnns in two colors – white and pink. Then, you cut the tulle out into strips which are twice as long as you want the skirt to be. So, I think I cut mine 30″, so the skirt will be about 14-15″ long. Then, I just put the elastic circle around my thigh, sat down on the couch, and started tying on the tulle. I used a double-knot, and just made sure to always tie in the same direction. Some people use a slip knot type of thing, but I didn’t really like that when I was doing it.
You need to not tie them too tightly at first, so they will still shift around as you add more. I alternated 2 pinks with one white. Once, you have all of them on, and you have moved them around to your satisfaction, you can go around and tighten the knots. It uses A LOT of tulle, even just to make one for a small child. I think I must have cut at least 70 strips of tulle. I lost count after awhile. Then, I made a ribbon bow out of a pretty ribbon, sewed the ribbon at the knot area so it wouldn’t come undone, and hand sewed the bow onto the elastic waistband.
The fairy wand is my own creation. I will be making another one today for the school auction, so I will try to write down instructions on how to make them, and post something later on this week. It has a wooden dowel, with grosgrain and organza ribbons in various colors. Then, the star is made of wool felt, and I stuffed it with wool batting. Then hand sewed it on top of the ribbons, tightly around the dowel with embroidery floss so it won’t come off.
I also made some more silk streamer ribbon wands for the cousins. It was the first time that I had done pink (strawberry lemonade Kool-Aid) and it turned out very nicely. The purple is grape, the blue is some sort of Ice Blue Lemonade flavor, and the pink is strawberry lemonade. I also ran them through a cold water delicate wash (no soap) to get rid of the Kool-Aid smell.
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