Additional Craft Information:
We're taking the grandbabies to Breakfast with Santa next month so I decided they needed Christmas outfits to wear. For baby Harper I made this Candy Cane Elf Tutu. I made a diaper cover, elf stocking cap, and Mary Janes to complete the outfit.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
I made a crochet headband for the top and attached white and red tulle to make the tutu. You can buy ready made crochet 6″ headbands from craft stores or on ebay for about $1 or so, but I decided it was faster to make my own. I used several FREE patterns for the accessories, the links are given, as well as directions for making the headband.
The total cost for this project was under $10. I've seen similar Tutus for sale online for over $20 plus more for the accessories. I have enough left over supplies for other Christmas projects.
2 skeins Caron Soft Yarn (I used the red with sparkle) $6.94
1 yard white tulle cut into strips 1.11
1 15 yd. spool tulle from Walmart (red w/glitter) 1.00
1 spool 1/8″ inch ribbon 1.14
Crochet Head Band:
Size K hook
Ch – chain
Sl St – slip stitch
SC – single crochet
This is made as a flat piece. The Ch does not count as your first stitch after the turn. Keep the edges even. When done sew the edges together with a tapestry needle and yarn to form a tube. Directions are given for 3 months, you can adjust by making a longer or shorter chain at the beginning.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
Start: Chain 41,
Row 1: SC in second chain from hook, SC in each chain to the end, turn (40 SC)
Row 2: Ch 1, SC in same stitch and in every stitch across, turn (40 SC)
Repeat Row 2 until you have a 6″ wide strip. Fasten off, leaving enough yarn to stitch edges together.
Thread tapestry needle with yarn left when you fastened off. Holding both ends together stitch them together to form a tube.
Attach yarn to top of tube where you want shoulder straps. Chain 25, fasten off. Do this 4 times for 4 tie straps. This is optional.
Cut tulle into 12″ strips. If you are using wide tulle you will have to make strips that are 8″ wide and 12″ long.
Fold strip in half making a loop on top. Thread loop into a stitch. Fold loop forward and slip ends thru loop. Pull tight making a know. Continue around the band alternation colors. You can tie several strips of tulle to each stitch. The more tulle the fluffier the tutu will be.
For picture tutorial from The Heber Family click here!
You can decorate the Tutu by tying bows around it like I did.
I used the FREE pattern on Ravelry by Elizabeth Alan. You must sign up to be able to download this FREE pattern. To do so click here!
I used the FREE pattern on Knotty Knotty Crochet. For pattern click here!
Elf Stocking Cap:
I used a FREE pattern from CherishedBliss.com. It gives directions for sizes newborn to 3T and older. I did make the end longer as instructed and used a tassel instead of a pom-pom. I will be attaching a Christmas bell by the tassel also. For FREE pattern click here!
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