Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Snow Queen

This week's Iron Craft challenge is a contest. The winner will get an awesome bag of craft goodies and the title of Iron Crafter! The theme was winter. I don't know about you; but, winter always makes me think of two things: snow and TUTUS! So, I decided to make Adelaide a Snow Queen Tutu. It was really fun to make and she's having a blast wearing it. I took a tutu making class this summer; but, if you are interested in making one, there are about a hundred online tutorials. I really didn't want to go out and buy a bunch of supplies, so I put it together with items I had leftover from some other projects.

First, I made a waistband with three-quarter inch no-roll elastic. I like to put the elastic around my leg before I start adding the tulle. I saw it online somewhere and it really helps keep the skirt under control as you add the tulle. I used mostly white tulle with a little ballerina pink and sparkly pink for accent. I cut mine at twenty-four inches which will give you a skirt that's just a bit shorter than twelve inches. I like them shorter so that they puff out like a true ballerina tutu.

After I tied all of the tulle onto the skirt, I flipped it right-side out and trimmed up any rough edges. I threaded some wide satin ribbon through the waistband to create a little more shimmer and made a bow in the back. Next, I trimmed the backs off of some snowflake buttons and glued them all over the skirt. Finally, I glued some little swarovski crystals around the tutu to make it even more sparkly.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I was able to make it with supplies I had on hand in about two hours. Best of all, my little snow queen LOVES it!


  1. I like the snowflakes sprinkled in - you can tell she totally digs it too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)