Monday, October 24, 2011

Rootin' Tutu-in' Cowgirl

My son wanted to be Woody from Toy Story for Halloween, so I had to make my little girl a cowgirl to match. This is such an easy and ADORABLE costume to make for a toddler.

What You Need:
  • Blue Tulle (3-4 yards)
  • Crochet Headband to Match Tulle Color
  • Red Hankerchief (although pink would be really cute too)
  • Red Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Cowboy Hat
  • Cowboy Boots

How To Make Tutu:
  • Cut tulle into strips 4" wide by about 20" long (can adjust this to make tutu longer or shorter, fuller, etc.).
  • Place crochet headband around back of small chair or table legs to stretch out - this step isn't absolutely necessary, but sure makes life a lot easier when trying to thread through the strips of tulle. I've also seen it done by sitting down and stretching the headband over your thigh.
  • Fold single strip of tulle in half and insert folded end through opening at bottom of headband. Pull bottom ends of strip through to tie a knot.

  • Repeat knots through every opening at bottom of headband and that's it!

  • How to Make Rest of Costume:
    • Fold hankerchief in half diagonally and tie ends around back of your toddler. I was afraid it would fall down, so I took 2 pieces of ribbon and hand-stitched one end to the front of the hankerchief and tied the other ends around the back of her neck.
    • Put on cowboy hat and cowboy boots and now you've got yourself a rootin' tutu'in cowgirl!

    • Elastic can be used in place of the headband. Just measure your cowgirl's waist and subtract 3 inches, then sew ends together. Be sure not to tie the knots too tight on the elastic because it will cause it to stretch out.
    • The tulle tutu tends to be a bit sheer, so we wore little blue shorts underneath.
    • I also tied a little red scarf around her neck for a little extra flair!
    Other Tutu Costume Suggestions:

    • Make a white tutu and pair it with a white long-sleeved shirt or onesie with a ghost face on it (can glue on face with black felt or iron-on fabric) for a cute little ghost.
    • Make a black tutu and pair with a black shirt or onesie with either a cat face on it or "meow". Add cat ears and a tail for a really cute black cat.

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    1. Aww, she's adorable and love those boots!

    2. SOOOOO cute!!! Great ideas.

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    3. (found ya on a link party)
      What an awesome halloween costume! And you make it look so easy :) My toddler is going as thing 1 (brother is thing 2) and she has a tulle skirt. We love tulle skirts! .. never thought of using the crochet headband for it though. Great idea!

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    5. That is just adorable! Would you share it here?
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    7. What an adorable cowgirl! Your costume is so easy to make. My kind of costume.

    8. Cute! I hope you will link this up to The CSI Project starting tonight. The challenge is DIY Halloween Costumes. You just might win!!!!