Our bizarre warm weather is gone now and it is now more like Alaska in January. It is foggy and when you look outside you see nothing but white – the ground, trees and even the air is white. I am having a fibro flare up probably because one of the kids left the door open when he was bringing in groceries. I had to take extra medicine and now I’m just trying to huddle in on the couch with my blankets and stay warm.
I’m making a tutu for the little 5 year old girl I’ve been watching in the mornings before kindergarten starts. She has been slowly turning into a ballerina before my eyes. She used to want to watch sesame street in the mornings and then she changed to Angelina Ballerina. Then I found a show on Netflix streaming called Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake. It is here on Netflix.com It shows an actual performance broken down into small parts of the story and there is a little animated fairy that narrates. The kids get to hear the story in small parts and then in between they teach a simple ballet move and play fun music for the kids to practice learning to while watching little girls online do the move. There is also a boy dance that demonstrates the moves. It is great for younger kids and I enjoy it too! It isn’t the best teaching video for older kids though. It is really basic stuff they teach.
Well last week this little ballerina said she wished she had a tutu like “Alice” on Angelina Ballerina. She knows that I can make stuff so I told her I would look online and see if I could find out how to make one. Alice’s tutu is a pretty green and she wears short leggings underneath her tutu. I told her I would make a tutu but she had to ask her mom for the leggings and a top. When I found out how to make one I wrote her a little note on a small note card and drop it off for her at school. She is learning how to read so I carefully printed out the words saying that I knew how to make a tutu now! Her teaches loved it.
I found this video on youtube that was really easy to follow.
I bought shiny tulle in lime green from Joann’s. It actually looks lighter than the picture though. There is also matte tulle and glitter tulle, tulle with rhinestones and tulle that cooks dinner for you. There are so many types really! I used the 50% off coupon that you can get on their smart phone app. Right now there is a new 50% off coupon (for any regular priced item) available on there that is valid through 2/2/13. The app is a free download too. The coupons available on the app are not always available in their mailers/flyers so I would get it if you have the technology.
I just left the tulle folded in half width-wise and then folded/rolled it a little at a time from the folded edge to the opposite edge (just like she does in the video above). I used a large self-healing mat and a rotary cutter with a straight edge. I trimmed each end like she does but I barely had to cut off any. The ends were pretty straight. Then I cut 6 inch sections. I opened each section and cut on the fold line. Those pieces look like the perfect length for a 5 year old tutu. I am using the double knot method because I want it to be durable and live through many pulls on’s and take off’s.
I just slipped the elastic over my knee to work with it and that works great. I think it is going to be really cute.
- Ballerina Party Ideas (birthdayinabox.com)