Super Easy Pretend Play Crafts For Kids

What kid doesn’t like to play pretend? The fact is that pretend play is an important part of your child’s development. Children will learn different types of social skills as well as improved language and verbal skills. More importantly than that, is that pretend play is fun!

Crafts are another great activity kids can enjoy. Kid’s crafts will encourage creativity and fine motor skills. Through this hands-on activity, kids will develop higher thinking skills and build their self-esteem. In addition to being a great teaching tool for children, it can also be a lot of fun.

In this tutorial I combined two great activities for kids for hours of fun! Your kids will really love using their creativity to create these super easy and fun crafts. After they have finished they can use their imagination to put these pretend play crafts to use and become anything from a pirate to princess.

Butterfly/ Fairy wings

Supplies:

cardboard/ poster board

different color paper squares

aluminum foil squares

glue

string

  1. Draw the shape of wings onto the cardboard and cut it out with scissors.
  2. Punch 2 holes in the cardboard on each side of the wings for the string to go through. Measure the string to fit around your shoulders and insert through the holes. Tie the string into a knot on each side to secure.
  3. Add some glue to the cardboard and stick on the paper squares until the entire wings are covered.
  4. Add glue to the foil squares and stick them onto the wings.

Explorer

Supplies:

toilet paper rolls x 2

mini cereal box/ cardboard

construction paper x 2

string x 2

glue

marker

  1. Cover the toilet paper rolls with construction paper and use glue to secure.
  2. Glue the toilet paper rolls together along one side to create binoculars.
  3. Punch a hole on each side of the binoculars to attach the string. Measure the string long enough to go over your head and tie a knot through the holes.
  4. Cover the mini cereal box with construction paper and secure with glue. If you do not have a mini cereal box, use a piece of cardboard or poster board to create a small rectangular box. Cover it with the construction paper.
  5. Measure a piece of string long enough to go over your head. secure the string to the sides of your box with tape or glue.
  6. Draw the camera lens, capture button, and viewing window onto the box with a marker.
  7. Poke a hole through both sides of the box in the viewing window so that you can look through the box when taking a picture.

Super Hero

Supplies:

large piece of felt

felt sheets x 2 different colors

ribbon

elastic

glue

 

  1. Cut the large piece of felt into the shape of a cape, wide at the bottom and narrower at the top.
  2. Measure the ribbon long enough to go around your neck and tie into a bow. Glue the ribbon along the top edge of the cape leaving extra ribbon on both sides (hot glue or fabric glue works best.)
  3. Draw a mask shape onto the felt sheet and cut it out. Be sure to cut out eye holes large enough to see through.
  4. Measure a piece of elastic to go around the back of your head and hot glue it to the sides of the mask.
  5. Using the left over felt sheets draw out star shapes and cut them out. Use hot glue or fabric glue to glue them onto the cape.

Pirate

Supplies:

cardboard

black construction paper

black felt

white felt

red ribbon

elastic

glue

  1. Draw the shape of a sword onto the cardboard and cut it out.
  2. Trace the sword handle shape onto the black construction paper and cut out 2 handle shapes.
  3. Glue the black handle shapes onto both sides of the cardboard sword handle.
  4. Tie a piece of red ribbon or fabric onto the sword handle.
  5. Cut an eye patch shape out of the black felt.
  6. Using the white felt draw and cut out a skull and crossbones to go onto the eye patch. Use a black marker for the skull eyes.
  7. Glue the skull and crossbones onto the eye patch.
  8. Measure a piece of elastic to go around your head and glue ends to each sides of the eye patch (hot glue works best).

Princess

Supplies:

foam sheet

wooden stick/ skewer/ straw

ribbon

elastic

glue

glitter

  1. Draw out the shape of a crown onto the foam sheet and cut it out.
  2. Draw a design with glue onto the crown and sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry and shake off any extra glitter.
  3. Measure a piece of elastic to go around the back of your head and cut to size. Attach to each side of the crown with hot glue or staples.
  4. Cut 2 star shapes out of the leftover foam sheet.
  5. Glue the 2 stars together with the wooden stick in between. Allow to dry.
  6. Draw a design onto the star with glue and sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry and shake off any extra glitter.
  7. Tie a piece of ribbon around the stick.

Which of these pretend play projects did your child make? Share with me in the comments and let me know how it turned out ūüôā¬†

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Easy DIY Baby Quilt And Pillow

I have another sewing tutorial to share! Everyone that knows me, knows that I love to sew. I take every opportunity to do a sewing project and create something special. Handmade gifts are especially my favorite things to sew. I made this adorable Dr. Seuss baby quilt and pillow for my sister in law’s baby shower. I thought it would be really nice to make something that she could put¬†in her Dr. Seuss themed nursery.

In this sewing tutorial I will walk you through step by step how to make and sew an adorable baby quilt with a matching pillow. It doesn’t have to be Dr. Seuss. Any theme would be just as cute! These are the basic sewing instructions to help you through your own project. Use your imagination to come up with your own super special baby quilt and pillow.

What you will need:
Quilt

1 1/4 yard printed woven fabric

1 1/4 yard printed woven fabric (simple coordinating print)

2 packages Double Fold Bias Tape Quilt Binding .875 Wide

1 1/4 yard quilting pellon

Pillow

1/2 yard fabric or fabric quarter printed fabric

1/2 yard fabric or fabric quarter solid fabric

1 bag polyester fiber fill

Letter stencil (Initial of baby’s name)

Fabric paint

Step One: Quilt

Measure out and cut both woven prints and quilting pellon into a 35″inches wide X 45″ inches long rectangles. (Layering all 3 fabrics and cutting them together works best.) (*Iron out and creases before cutting.)

Step Two: Quilt

Layer the fabrics so that the prints are facing outward and the quilting pellon is placed between both prints. Pin the fabric layers together all around the edges and the center. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles.

Step Three: Quilt

Measure out 3 horizontal lines to sew across the width of the fabric. Start by drawing a straight line with chalk/ pencil across the center. Then draw 2 more lines across the middle of the center mark and fabric top and bottom. Stitch all 3 layers of fabric together using those lines as your guide.

Step Four: Quilt

With the edges still pinned start sewing on the bias tape on the top right corner. Make sure that the wider side of the bias tape in in the back. Line up the edge of the bias tape to the corner of the quilt and begin stitching the bias tape along the bias tape edge. (Iron out all creases on bias tape before sewing.)

Stop when you have reached the bottom right corner of the quilt.

Step Five: Quilt

Sew the bottom right corner by folding the excess tape under and create an angled crease. Line up the creases on the front and back of the tape.

Press with an iron and pin in place.

Step Six: Quilt

Stitch down that crease and continue sewing the bias tape onto the quilt until you have reached the next corner. Stop at the next corner and cut the extra bias tape off so that it is even with the fabric edge.

Step Seven: Quilt

Using the second package of bias tape, open up the bias tape and fold the corners in and press them with an iron.

Fold the tape in half again to create a point and press with an iron. (Press out all other creases on Bias tape.)

Step Eight: Quilt

Line up the point of the bias tape to the corner of the quilt and pin in place. Stitch the bias tape onto the quilt starting at the corner.

Stitch down the corner seam. and continue stitching until you reach the third corner.

Step Nine: Quilt

Stop sewing at the third corner and create the same angled crease from Step 5. Stitch down the corner crease and continue sewing the bias tape until you reach the final corner of the quilt. Stop before you reach the corner.

Step Ten: Quilt

At the last corner of the quilt fold the corners of the bias tape under to create an angle as you did in Step 7.

Sew the corner seam down.

Finished Quilt!

Step One: Pillow

Cut the solid and printed fabric into 13 1/2 inch x 13 1/2 inch squares.

Step Two: Pillow

Lay out your letter stencil onto the printed fabric square.

Trace the letter with a pencil or marker.

Paint the letter outline with the fabric paint and a paint brush.

Let the paint dry completely before moving to the next step.

Step Three: Pillow

Pin the two pillow squares together with the right sides of the fabric facing inward. Stitch all around ¬†a 1/2″ from the fabric edge. Leave a 4″ inch opening at the bottom of the pillow to add the stuffing.

Step Four: Pillow

Clip the corners of the pillow off.

Step Five: Pillow

Flip the pillow right side out. Using a pair of scissors push out the corners to make a point.

Use an iron to press all corners and pillow edges flat.

Step Six: Pillow

Stuff the pillow with the poly fiber fill through the 4″ inch opening. Fill all corners and edges until the filling is even all around. (Make sure not to over stuff.)

Step Seven: Pillow

Stitch the opening closed used a needle and thread. Sew as close to the edge as possible.

There you have it! Hopefully you have a beautiful baby quilt and pillow. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this project. Hopefully you have found it helpful! I would love to hear how your quilt and pillow turned out.

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DIY Santa’s Sleigh Advent Calendar

Help Santa fill his sleigh! I finally made an¬†advent calendar for my kids that we can reuse every year. In the past I¬†bought those chocolate filled advent calendars that you throw away after they are used up. The problem is that I have 2 girls both at the chocolate loving age so I would have to buy 2! I thought what better than to make our own advent calendar that we can put our own little treats in. I made¬†it more exciting by putting tiny gifts for each day that will go in Santa’s sleigh as we count down the days until Christmas.

I have seen so many adorable advent calendars out their, but many of them are really expensive. This calendar is made from really inexpensive materials. Everything cost¬†less than $15¬†to make! I absolutely love the way this calendar turned¬†out. I thought I’d share¬†my step by step directions on how to make your very own. The sewing needed for this project is very basic so you don’t need to be an expert!

20161201_094920-1What You’ll Need:

1/2 yard red glitter felt

1/2 yard white felt

1 glitter canvas sheet

24 assorted wood shapes (if cannot find use felt or foam shapes.)

self adhesive Velcro (rough side only)

white satin ribbon (6 pieces 13″ long)

1 wood skewer

18″ inch string

1/2 yard fusible pellon (optional to line backside of white felt to prevent fabric from stretching over time.)

acrylic paint

bows/ribbon

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Cut the red felt on the fold¬†with the folded edge at the¬†bottom 19″ inches long by 13″ inches wide. Make 2 little 1/4″ inch¬†notches (slits) on left and right sides on the fold.

20161202_090811-1Cut the white felt on the fold with the folded edge on top 13 1/2″inches long by 13″ inches wide.

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With the felt still folded, cut the bottom edge into a scalloped pattern.

Cut 6 strips of red felt 3″inches long by 13″inches wide.

20161202_085842-1Sew the satin ribbons onto the felt strips along the top edge. (Fabric glue would also work, but do not hot glue!)

20161202_095148-1Unfold the felt piece and pin the felt¬†strips onto the cut felt with the glitter sides facing up. The bottom felt¬†strip should match up to the notches you made when the felt was folded.¬†The satin edge of each strip should overlap the top piece¬†1/8″ inch.

20161202_101142-1Stitch the bottom edge of all strips.

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On the back side of the felt draw a line down the center of the felt from the bottom edge of the bottom strip and to the top satin edge of the top strip.

Draw another line 3″inches from the center line on both the right and left sides and stitch down those 3¬†lines. This will create the pockets.

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Fold the cut felt piece in half again at the notches with the right sides together.

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Pin along the sides.

20161202_104424-1¬†Stitch them together with a 3/8″inch seam allowance.

20161202_104548-1Turn the felt right sides out with the opening at the top. Push out the corners with a pair of scissors. Press the sides flat with an iron. (Make sure the iron is not too hot as the felt will burn.)

20161202_111749-1While folded stich the white felt piece 3/8″inch seam allowance to both sides. Stop about 1/2″inch from the folded edge.

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Turn the felt right sides out and press the sides flat with an iron.

20161202_112517-1Stitch a line across the top 1/2″inch down¬†from the folded edge.

20161202_112816-1Insert the red felt into the white felt overlapping 1″ inch.

20161202_113425-1Stitch them together 1/2″ inch from the scalloped edge.

20161202_113653-1Cut a piece of string about 18″ inches long.

20161202_113755-1Tie the string to one end of the wood skewer and secure it with a piece of tape.

20161202_114124-1Insert the skewer through the felt and tie the string to the other side. Secure with a piece of tape.

20161201_122707-1Sketch out a sleigh shape and trace it onto the back of glitter canvas sheet.

20161201_123518-1Cut out the sleigh and hot glue it onto the white felt part of the advent calendar.

20161201_154059-1Paint the wood pieces and decorate them to look like presents.

20161201_154225-1Stick a small piece of Velcro to the back of the presents. (The rough Velcro piece only!)

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Paint on the numbers or cut them out of felt and glue them on.

Enjoy!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and I hope you love this project as much as I do. Leave me a comment in the comments below. I would love to hear what you think! Check out some of my other fun sewing tutorials.

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Sew Simple Crochet Hook Case

With the autumn weather upon us there is no¬†better time than now¬†to crochet some cozy¬†things to keep you warm. If you are someone who loves to crochet then it might be important¬†for you to stay organized. With this sew simple crochet hook case you will create a¬†cute yet useful organizational tool. This sewing project is really easy to follow, so¬†you don’t need to be an expert to do this one!

A crochet hook case can make a really great gift if you know someone who likes to crochet. I actually have no idea how to crochet, but I do know that there are many different hook sizes. This sewing project was requested by my sister who is really into crocheting. She was frustrated that all of her hooks were thrown in a container with all of her yarn and other tools. She thought it would be nice to have a little case to grab and go anytime she wanted to.

There are many different hook cases that you can buy, but it is much more fun to make your own. There are endless possibilities of prints and colors to choose from. You can customize it to suit your style or create a personalized gift. The pattern I created is for 10 hooks and a pair of scissors. The pattern measurements can easily be adjusted to suit your needs. I chose to do 3 different prints, but you can choose as many or as little prints as you want.

What you’ll need:

1/4 yard of fabric or 2-3 fabric quarters of different prints

scissors

ruler

sewing machine

button

The pattern:

2016-10-21-09-00-19-2Draw out these measurements onto a piece of paper or directly onto the fabric and cut them out. Use a bowl or something round to make the curved edges.¬†(Note: the bottom 2 pattern pieces are cut on folded fabric. Don’t forget to make 1/4″ inch notches/slits on the lining and outer case fabric pieces.)

2016-10-20-11-59-45-4Sewing step 1:

Fold the hook pocket piece in half with the¬†right sides together and stitch a straight line down 3/8″ inch on¬†one of the sides.

2016-10-20-12-11-13-2Sewing step 2:

Fold the hook flap piece in half with the¬†right sides together and stitch a¬†straight line down 3/8″ inch on¬†one of the sides.

2016-10-20-12-16-28Turn both pattern pieces right side out and iron the seams and folds flat. (Tip: Use the tip of your scissors to push the corners out.)

2016-10-20-12-14-00-2Sewing step 3:

Pin the Pocket piece onto the case lining piece matching the pocket edge to the notch on the lining piece. The pocket fold edge should be on top. Edge stitch the pocket onto the case lining fabric.

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Sewing step 4:

Measure 3″inches from the edge stitch line and draw a light pencil mark. Stitch down this line onto the pocket and¬†case lining. This will be the scissors pocket.

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2016-10-20-12-34-12Sewing step 5:

Measure out the crochet hook pockets and make a light pencil mark on the fabric to guide you. Eight of the pockets should measure a 1/2″ inch wide and the last two¬†should measure 5/8″ inch wide. Stitch down all of these lines to the case lining. (Note: The right edge should have a remaining 3/8″ inch seam allowance.)

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Sewing step 6:

Pin the hook flap to the case lining matching the sew edge to the notch. stitch the flap onto the lining¬†with a 1/4″ seam allowance. (The folded edge should be facing down.)

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Sewing step 7:

Pin the case lining to the outer case fabric piece with the right sides together.

2016-10-20-14-38-00Stitch them together 3/8″ inch along the bottom, left side and top leaving the left side open

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Clip out triangles around the curves on the seam allowance. Do not cut through the seam. This will make a smooth curve line when turned right side out.

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Flip the case right sides out and iron all of the edges flat and iron the flap down.

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Sewing step 8:

Fold¬†the¬†raw¬†edges in 3/8″ inch and iron them flat.

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Edge stitch the opening closed and edge stitch all the way around the case top, bottom and side.

2016-10-20-16-07-57-2Sewing step 9:

Add a button and button hole or Velcro to secure the case.

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There you have it! You have your very own crochet hook case. I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions message me in the comments. I would love to hear about your project!

 

Easy DIY Mommy and Me Aprons

With the holiday season quickly approaching what better idea than to have mommy and me matching aprons. I love to do a lot of baking around the holidays and my daughter is becoming especially eager to help this year. If you are no Betty Crocker but like DIY sewing projects then this is the perfect gift idea. The aprons can be made for boys or girls just change up the print and colors. They will make great gifts for mom and daughter or father and son or mom and son or father and daughter. You get the point!

This sewing project is perfect if you are a beginner sewer or just like sewing. The construction is simple and really straight forward.¬†I layed¬†out easy to follow instructions and step by step photos. The patterns I used for these aprons are from existing adult and child aprons that I have. If you do not have aprons to use as a template don’t worry I have drawn out the measurements for both sizes.

Things you will need:

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1 yard woven fabric

9¬†yards 1/2″inch extra wide double fold bias tape

adult apron pattern

child apron pattern

scissors

sewing machine/ thread

ribbon (optional)

Step 1: Make the apron patterns

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These patterns can easily be¬†drawn out on wrapping paper or any kind of large butcher paper. Don’t worry about the strap measurements for the patterns. This information will only be needed during sewing. You will only need to draw out half of the pattern from the center front since the pattern will be cut on the fold anyway. Be sure to make a slightly curved line for the underarm seams. Make the bottom corners of them hemlines rounded. Follow the same¬†rounded shape¬†for both the adult and child aprons. Then cut the patterns out.

Step 2: Cut the aprons out of fabric

folded edge->20160922_171623-1<-folded edge

The next step is to cut the apron patterns out of the fabric you have chosen. Always cut the pattern and fabric on the fold. this way you will have a perfectly symmetrical apron. If you are using a paper pattern I suggest pinning the pattern to the fabric before cutting so it wont move. Refer to the above photo for the fabric layout. The fabric is folded on both the left and right sides with the fabric edges lined up down the center. This is the best layout so that both patterns will fit with very little fabric waste. (Save any fabric scraps for the pockets!)

20160922_173708-1 Iron aprons if necessary

Step 3: Sew the bias tape to the sides and hem

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Start sewing the right side just below the underarm seam and continue sewing all the way around the hem and back up to the left side. Sew as close to the edge of the bias tape as you can. Make sure that the apron fabric edge is all the way inside the bias tape to the fold. (*Note: always put the wider edge of the bias tape on the back of the apron.)

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Step 4: Sew the neckline

Sew a piece of the bias tape along the top neckline of the apron.

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Step 5: Sew back straps/ underarm seam/ neck strap

Measure out the back tie measurement on the bias tape and make a pencil mark. Sew the bias tape together and stop at that pencil mark.

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Insert the left underarm corner between the bias tape and continue sewing the bias tape onto the underarm seam.

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Stop sewing when you have reached the neckline corner.

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Make another pencil mark on the bias tape measuring out the neck strap measurement. Continue sewing the bias tape and stop at the pencil mark. Insert the right top neck corner between the bias tape and continue sewing.

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Sew the underarm seam all the way until you have reached the bottom underarm corner. Stop sewing and measure out the right back tie strap. Make a pencil mark and cut the bias tape to the correct length. Continue sewing the right back tie until you have reached the end.

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Step 6: Make the pockets

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20160923_105510-1¬†3 1/2″ inch square

Draw out the pockets on paper using these measurements for both the adult and child pockets.

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Cut them out and fold them in half. Draw a rounded edge on the bottom corner and then cut.

Pin the pocket patterns to the extra fabric and then cut them out.

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Sew A piece of bias tape across the top of the pockets.

Sew the bias tape around the sides and bottoms of the pockets. Leave a little extra bias tape at the top so that you can fold it down during stitching for a finished edge.

 Fold down bias tape edge

Pin the pocket onto the apron on your desired placement. Stitch the pocket on the outside edge of the bias tape along the sides and bottom.

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Finished! Add a ribbon bow to the pockets for a feminine touch or add a second pocket to the front. Personalize them however you choose!

I hope you have found this mommy and me apron tutorial helpful. Please feel free to shoot me a question in the comments. I would love to hear about your project.

Easy No-Sew Tutu Tutorial

I have put together a super cute and really easy no-sew tutu tutorial. This will hopefully be the first of many crafting tutorials to come. I made this tutu for my daughter’s 5th Birthday party. I am very happy with the results and how easy it was so I thought I’d share it!

The possibilities as far as color and design are endless. I chose to do an aqua and lilac tutu to match my daughter’s party theme, but you can do anything. A really colorful skirt would be super cute or even a solid color. The color pattern and fullness of the tutu is totally up to you. You can use a glitter tulle or and other type of mesh as long as its not too thick. ¬†Now lets get creative!

I am going to walk you through the steps on how to make and assemble this tutu. Your fabric yardage will depend on the design and size you choose to make and the waistband length will depend on the size of your child.

(Note: When measuring your child’s waist with the elastic make sure you stretch it a bit so that it will fit securely around their waist and won’t fall down.)

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Things you’ll need:

3 yards aqua tulle

2 yards lilac tulle

1 yard turquoise crochet elastic trim

scissors

needle and thread

1. Cut the tulle into the correct length and width size strips. I cut my tulle 6 inches wide horizontally across the cross-grain of the fabric. I left the fabric on the fold and just cut on the folded line to end up with 2 strips of tulle. The strip ended up being about 14 1/4″ inches long once it was cut. (Note: the tulle strips will be folded in half so make sure they are long enough when folded.) I used just about the entire yardage of tulle. You are going to need a lot of strips. For a less full skirt I suggest cutting the strips a little narrower around 4-5 inches wide.

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2. Assemble the waistband.¬†After getting the correct measurement for your child’s waist cut 2 pieces of elastic to that size. The waistband will be 2 layers of elastic for extra support. Stitch the ends of the elastic right sides together about a 1/4″ inch from the cut edge on both pieces of elastic to create a seam. I promise this is very minimal sewing! Put the 2 layers of elastic together matching up the seams with the wrong sides together and right sides facing outward.

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3. Assemble the skirt.¬†Fold one of the tulle strips in half lengthwise and pull the fold through one of the holes along the edge of the waistband just about an 1″ inch. Make sure you go through both layers of elastic. This will create a loop. Pull both ends of the tulle through the loop. Do not pull the ends too tight! Leave the loop a little loose so you do not damage the waistband or the look of the skirt.¬†(Note: If you are doing a color pattern start in the middle front of the skirt with the waist seam in the back. Continue to add tulle strips on both the left and right sides to end up with an even color pattern.) I did 2 aqua and 1 lilac and continued that pattern all the way around. Insert a tulle strip in every large hole along the edge of the elastic until the skirt is completely filled in.

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4. Finished!

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Your all done! Now your little princess has a one of a kind hand-made tutu made by you. I hope it turned out adorable and was as easy as you hoped. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how your tutu turned out. I’d love to hear your creative ideas!