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Adult/Toddler/Infant Tutu Costumes

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Adult/Toddler/Infant Tutu Costumes

Toddler/Infant Tutu Supplies:

  • 4 1/3 yards of tulle (if purchasing tulle by the spool you'll want about 50 yards depending on size of child) 
  • 1” elastic (measure waist and add 2”) 
  • Large safety pin 
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors

Directions: Read before beginning

  • Measure child and pin elastic to fit waist 
  • Cut tulle into about 75 strips 6”x18” (adjust length as desired) 
  • Fold each strip in half, bring loop up thru elastic ring, put ends thru loop, and pull ends down tight securing tulle around elastic. Repeat with half the strips and spread out evenly around elastic. 
  • With second half of strips go back around and attach another strip between each piece but don't pull as tight. 
  • Try on again and adjust elastic as needed and pull tulle apart to stitch elastic and then cover stitching by pushing tulle back in place.

 Adult Tutu Supplies:

  • 24 1/2 yards of tulle (if purchasing tulle by the spool you'll want about 220 yards) 
  • 1" elastic (measure waist and add 2") 
  • Large safety pin 
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors

 Directions: Read before beginning

  • Pin elastic to fit waist 
  • Cut tulle into about 200 strips 6”x40” (shown in photo, but can be adjusted as desired) 
  • Fold each strip in half, bring loop up thru elastic ring, put ends thru loop, and pull ends down tight securing tulle around elastic. Repeat with half the strips and spread out evenly around elastic. 
  • With second half of strips go back around and attach another strip between each piece but don't pull as tight. 
  • Try on again and adjust elastic as needed and pull tulle apart to stitch elastic and then cover stitching by pushing tulle back in place.

 

 

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Wonder Baby Costume

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Wonder Baby Costume

Supplies:

  • 4 1/3 yards of tulle (if purchasing tulle by the spool you'll want about 50 yards depending on size of child)
  • Printable Pattern
  • 1” elastic (measure waist and add 2”)
  • Large safety pin
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors
  • 1/8 yard of felt for headpiece and wrist bands
  • Felt square for embellishment
  • Adhesive Hook and loop fastener
  • Fabri-Tac™

Directions:

Read before beginning

Tutu

  1. Measure child and pin elastic to fit waist
  2. Cut tulle into about 75 strips 6”x18” (adjust length as desired)
  3. Fold each strip in half, bring loop up thru elastic ring, put ends thru loop, and pull ends down tight securing tulle around elastic. Repeat with half the strips and spread out evenly around elastic.
  4. With second half of strips go back around and attach another strip between each piece but don't pull as tight.
  5. Try on again and adjust elastic as needed and pull tulle apart to stitch elastic and then cover stitching by pushing tulle back in place.

Headpiece

  1. Copy pattern, cut out, tape pieces together matching letters, check pattern size to child's head and adjust.
  2. Pin to felt and cut 2 pieces
  3. Glue together with Fabri-Tac™
  4. Cut out felt embellishment and glue with Fabri-Tac™
  5. Attach adhesive Hook and loop fasteners to ends and press to secure

Wristbands

  1. Copy pattern and cut out, check pattern size to child's wrist and adjust
  2. Pin pattern to felt and cut out 2 at a time (total of 4)
  3. Glue 2 pieces together with Fabri-Tac™ and repeat
  4. Optional: matching embellishments, cut out and attach with glue
  5. Attach adhesive Hook and loop fasteners to ends and press to secure

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Pom Pom Headbands

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Pom Pom Headbands

Supplies:

  • Tulle 3”x54” small, 2 pieces–5”x54” large
  • Needle and thread
  • Hair clip or headband (stretch lace for infant and 1” wide hard headband for youth or adult) optional to wrap headband in ribbon (approximately 2 1/2yards of 3/8" ribbon-attach with glue gun)

Directions:

  1. Thread a needle with matching thread and tie a knot at the end of the strip of tulle.
  2. Weave through the middle of the tulle with the needle (if making large size continue with second piece.
  3. Gather tulle along the thread as you go.
  4. Gather tightly when you get to the end and stitch end to the beginning knot and secure with a knot.
  5. Once you close the loop fluff the pom pom and glue or stitch to headband or hair clip.

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    Fairy Costume

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    Fairy Costume

    Fairy and Bag

    Supplies:

    • 3 ¾ yards of 2 different colors (total of 7 ½ yards)
    • 2 yards of ribbon for dress
    • 1 2/3 yards of ribbon for belt
    • 1/2 yard of stretch sequin for belt
    • Fabri-tac™ or needle and thread

    Bag Supplies:

    • Canvas bag (pictured bag was cut down and sewn to smaller size)
    • 1 yard of stretch sequin
    • 4 pieces of green and 3 pieces of yellow tulle (each is 6×54”)
    • Fabri-tac or glue gun and glue

    Directions:

    (Read All Directions Before Starting)
    1. Dress (made for a 3-4 year old uses 22 pieces across the front and 22 across the back)
    2. Cut tulle into 6” wide strips that are 54” long (22 of each color)
    3. Find center of dress ribbon and mark, tie each end to something so you have 12-15” piece of tight ribbon to attach tulle to.
    4. Fold each strip in half, bring loop behind ribbon, put ends thru loop, and pull ends down tight securing tulle around ribbon. Repeat with half the strips and spread out evenly across the ribbon, alternate between the 2 colors.
    5. Leave ribbon space (3-6”) on each side of the 22 pieces to go over the shoulders, continue putting on tulle pieces (11 on each side) for the back.
    6. End of ribbon will come around the back, meet and tie up at the neck
    7. Take the end of each piece of tulle and tie a small knot.
    8. Lay belt ribbon onto covered work surface and glue or stitch sequin trim in place (be sure to glue sequin ends under before beginning so it won't unravel).
    9. Tie belt at waist.

    Bag

    1. Take long edge of tulle and start 6” up from the bottom of the bag, finger gather the tulle and use glue gun to attach as you go, glue every inch or so, be careful not to burn fingers.
    2. Alternate colors of tulle, glue sequin trim in place along tulle gathers and up over handle.

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      This-n-That Costumes

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      This-n-That Costumes

      Supplies for 1 Costume:

      • 24 1/2 yards of tulle (if purchasing tulle by the spool you'll want about 220 yards)
      • 1" elastic (measure waist and add 2")
      • One Piece of white felt
      • Printable Pattern
      • Black Fabric Marker
      • Red t-shirt
      • Large safety pin
      • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors
      • Fabri-Tac™
      • 2/3 of a yard of sequined elastic

      Directions: Read before beginning

      Tutu

      1. Pin elastic to fit waist
      2. Cut tulle into about 200 strips 6”x40” (shown in photo, but can be adjusted as desired)
      3. Fold each strip in half, bring loop up thru elastic ring, put ends thru loop, and pull ends down tight securing tulle around elastic. Repeat with half the strips and spread out evenly around elastic.
      4. With second half of strips go back around and attach another strip between each piece but don't pull as tight.
      5. Try on again and adjust elastic as needed and pull tulle apart to stitch elastic and then cover stitching by pushing tulle back in place. 

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      1. Print pattern.
      2. Place pattern behind white felt and trace with black fabric marker. (CAUTION: be careful to work down the image so that you do not get marker on the side of your hand and ruin the clear image)
      3. Use light table or hold pattern and white felt up to a window to have light come thru.
      4. Allow to dry.
      5. Cut about 1/4” around outside edge of design.
      6. Put t-shirt on to determine placement.
      7. Use Fabri-Tac™ to attach label to shirt, finger press to secure.

      Headband

      1. Fold back raw edge of sequined lace and secure with glue gun or needle and thread.
      2. Wrap around head to determine exact size, add 1”, trim, fold raw edge under, glue and then secure to the other beginning end with needle and thread.

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