A tutu and fairy wand

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.

4 Responses

  1. Because I was at the birthday party when the four year old opened this gift, I can tell you she was thrilled! All the gifts turned out beautiful. The tutu was so full, it looked great. The wand was adorable. But the silks were the hit of the party. Once they were opened they were never set down again. VERY nice gift, Tina!

  2. Ohhh my gosh have the streamer wands been a hit! Both at the party and at playgroup this week. The Tutu is super cute too. Thanks a bunch!

  3. I’d love a tutorial on making a wand! I’m giving my ds2 dress up items for his birthday, and a wizard wand would be wonderful.

    Great blog!

  4. So funny about the streamer wands being such a hit. Those were the easiest thing to make!

    Nicole, I will do a better tutorial on the fairy/wizard wand very soon. I’m making two wizard-type wands for a swap I’m involved in, so I will make them with an eye towards a tutorial.

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