It's been awhile since I've made any no-sew doll clothes, so when my little Diva wanted some new clothes for her American Girl Doll, I went right to work. Last month, we made a ballet barre for her dolls, so I decided to make a no-sew tutu for her AG Doll to wear.
The doll has a pink leotard and short pink tutu, so I thought it would be nice to have a longer pink tutu too. Can you say that without smiling?! Instead of making it all one color, I used pink, white and purple tulle. My daughter has a lot of pretty dresses that she's outgrown, and I used the tulle from those dresses to make this skirt. This is a great way to save money on doll clothes and recycle the old children's clothes!
I started out by cutting long strips of tulle and tying them around a narrow pink ribbon. I have lots of ribbon around the house, so I just used a shade of pink that I had on hand.
I alternated between pink and white until the tutu was long enough to cover the doll's waist without the pink ribbon showing. Then, I took some shorter pieces of purple tulle and tied them at various points around the tutu. The purple pieces are not very noticible, but they just give the skirt a hint of color. I left enough ribbon showing on either side and tied the ends together around the doll's waist to close the tutu.
You can see the purple tulle better up close. When my daughter wants to take the skirt off, all she has to do is untie the ribbon--easy peasy! I also cut two tulle flowers from the same dress that I got the tulle strips and glued them to bobby pins. Now, the ballerina has a pretty headpiece too!
The skirt needed some extra bling, so my daughter pressed some pink heart-shaped crystal stickers on the tutu. I let her decide where she wanted them, and she did a good job. This tutu looks so much like some of the costumes that my little Diva and the other dancers at her studio wear when they perform, only this is a lot cheaper!
I was able to trim the tutu a tiny bit, but my daughter insisted it stay as long as possible. This was so easy to make that I think I'll make a shorter one too!
Thanks for taking the time to visit me and view my latest project. Have a wonderful day!