And that’s fine, we can’t all be good at everything (see also cooking and running and writing and..hmm, wait just a minute) but it also means that when something does go well
once in a blue moon I am ridiculously proud of myself – even if it’s something so easy a five-year-old could do it.
When I wanted a tutu for Freya I considered buying one but I looked around I couldn’t see an affordable one I liked so I thought “I know, I’ll just make one”, as you do. As always I turned to the internet but I was getting more and more disheartened until I read the magic words “No sew tutu”. I swear there was a little burst of the Hallelujah Chorus.
Just in case you’re in need of a tutu (it works for adults too) and you’re pants at crafting like me I thought I’d share. I’ve added some different versions to a Pinterest board too. I hadn’t planned on blogging about it so the pics are not great but you’ll get the idea.
First, you need to choose whether to use ribbon, a crochet hair band or elastic for the middle. I was originally going to make it with ribbon but I stupidly let Freya hold it while I was getting prepared and in those few seconds she managed to get it covered in something (how is that even possible?).
After going back to the drawing board I remembered that ages ago I went through a phase of wearing headbands (which Freya went through a phase of pulling off) so I already had an alternative in the house.
Earlier in the day we’d bought the material, which I know now is called tulle (always learning) – although I asked the lady in John Lewis for “tutu netting” which worked just as well. I bought a metre of the pink and half a metre of the white which came to £4.45 (my mum says you can get this cheaper if you shop around/eBay etc).
Here’s what you do:
1. Cut it into strips depending on how long you want it (you are going to fold it in half so take that into account). There are guides for this but I guesstimated because I wanted it to have a punk-ish feel (and I couldn’t be bothered to measure).
3. Fold a strip in half and thread it through the headband, folded end first, push the other end through to make a knot and pull tight.
4. Repeat, alternating colours as you want. It looks great with just one row but I had material left so did a second row to make it fuller.
5. Bask in your crafting glory.
I started then had to stop and cook dinner, which is why the photos gradually get darker, but I would estimate the whole thing maybe took 30-40 mins – and the best part is Freya loves it.
Are you are crafter (or not)? What’s the best or worst thing you’ve ever made.