Monday, May 25, 2009

Too Too Tutu

I've always loved this idea, and I finally got around to making one. What little lady would not love a tutu to twirl around in? I'm telling you, as I made this one for my niece, I was secretly wishing it was big enough for me!

It could not be simpler to make, though, so maybe with a bit more elastic I could pull it off. The only real sewing you do, is to attach the two end of the elastic securely together. After that, you simply double knot the strips of tulle around the elastic in an attractive way. The spooled tulle is way easier to deal with for this. You just want to cut it to twice the length from your girly's belly to her knees - or longer if you want. The key part is to remember to double that length. Then you just tie away.

I think this took just about 30 minutes to complete. My niece lives out of town, so I haven't seen her in this yet, but her mom says she's dancing everywhere in it! So, I'll probably be making another one for her little sister in a while, when she's able to stand up and flit about.

Something Old

Just about 30 years ago, our next door neighbor Judy made a present for me that I'll just now be able to use. She made one for all three of us girls, and although it's sort of an old fashioned idea by now, I still think it's charming.

The gift is a baby bonnet, made from a handkerchief. It looks like you just sew a couple of corners together, add some bows and ribbons, and there you go. Then, when baby girl is suddenly an adult, she can open up the seams again, and have a handkerchief to carry down the aisle, as her something old.

It's been sitting in a box for 30 years, so I hope I'll be able to make it look presentable. That's a pretty long time to let the wrinkles set it. Here's the little poem that goes with it, that was on that adorable 70's giraffe card:

I'm just a little Hanky, as square

as square can be.

But with a stitch or two they made a

bonnet out of me.

I'll be worn home from the hospital or on

the Christening day

Then I'll be carefully pressed and neatly/

packed away.

Then on the Wedding Day so we have always

been told,

Every well dressed Bride must have that

something old.

So what would be more fitting than to

find little old me

A few stitched snipped and a Wedding Hanky

I'll be.

And if perchance it is a boy someday he'll


So to his Bride he can present the Hanky

once worn upon his head.