Roo's Casa

Black Apple Doll Tutu
June 6, 2011, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Gifts, Sewing

I finally got around to making a tutu for my niece’s Black Apple Doll. Here is how I made it:

1.  Using elastic, measure around your doll’s waist and cut.

2. Sew the ends of the elastic together by overlapping a little bit.

3.  Cut about 1 inch wide strips of tulle.  Mine weren’t perfect at all, but the imperfections are hidden in the fullness of the tutu.  Once the strips are cut I cut the strips into fourths so that they were shorter.

4.  Knot each strip to the elastic circle.  Go around the whole circle until the desired fullness is reached.

5.  Trim the tutu at the bottom so that the layers are all the same length.

6. Slide the tutu onto your doll.


No Sew Toddler Tutu and American Girl Doll Tutu
January 25, 2010, 2:23 am
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My sister needed to make some tutus for her twin nieces so we made these easy no tie versions.  They were very quick and we ended up making three in a few hours, plus a tutu for my niece’s American Girl Doll.  Our tutus will fit a 1-3 year old.

What  you will need:

2 rolls of 25 yard tulle

1/2 inch wide elastic (the length depends on your child’s waist, we used 20 inches)

sewing needle and thread

1.  Cut 1/2 inch wide elastic to fit your child’s waist.  We cut our elastic 20 inches.

2. Overlap the ends of the elastic one inch on each end so that the elastic will form an 18 inch round waistband.  At first we sewed the overlapped ends using a sewing machine, but found that a bit hard since our thread kept bunching.  We ended up hand sewing the elastic to secure the ends.  The hand sewing was actually easier and just as quick.

3.  We used 2 spools of 25 yard tulle from Joann’s for each tutu.  Cut 20 inch long strips from each spool.   This length will fall a little below a toddler’s knee.

4. Take one strip of tulle at a time, fold the strip over the elastic so that it is even on each side hanging over,  and knot it onto the waistband.  We liked the regular kind of knot best (the kind like the beginning of tying your shoe, but doubled).  Make sure to move the knot to the bottom of waistband.  Continue with the other strips of tulle, going around the wasitband.  We alternated pink and white. There should be two layers of tulle hanging down from one strip.

The tutu I made had over 65 strips and it was a little too full.  My sister’s tutu had around 50 and we really liked the look of that one best.  It is easy to add more or take some off so just hold the tutu up every now and then to see if it is to your liking.  That is it!  You can add a bow to the front or whatever embellishments you want.

*To make the American Girl Doll Tutu just measure your dolls waist and cut your elastic to that size. Overlap the waistband a bit (we weren’t exact on this part, but it was around 1/2 inch) and sew in place.  Cut your tulle strips to 10 inches and then knot around the waistband like above.

December 30, 2009, 2:40 am
Filed under: Christmas, Gifts, House Stuff, Sewing

We really needed new placemats, so I decided to make my own.  The first one is an idea I have been thinking about for the kids. It is a placemat with a pocket to hold silverware.  I cut three different layers all being 13x 18. Two of the layers were the outside fabrics that you can see and the third layer was some flannel.  The pocket  was 4.5×4.5 with two pieces sewn together and then turned right side out.  I stitched the pocket down onto the placemat near the bottom right hand corner.  Make sure to only stitch around 3 sides.  I put the needle in the very right position and then stitched following the outside of the foot.  Next sew the three layers together with the two outer fabrics right sides together and then the flannel.  Stitch around the layers using a 1/4 inch stitch. Make sure you put the needle back into the center position.  Leave an opening about 3 inches to turn the placemat.  Once the placemat is turned right side out, stitch around the outer edges with the needle at the far right and follow the foot again.  The only thing I would do differently next time is to place the pocket further down into that right hand corner. 

For the Christmas placemats, I cut the fabric layers to 17.5×12.5 and sewed just as I did above but without a pocket.  The kids really like the pockets so I will need to make more with pockets.  

One more thing to add is that I used scraps for the pocket placemat and it turns out that the red fabric is polyester or something because it started to melt!  I need to be sure to use better fabric next time.

other: 12.5×17.5

Star Wars Shrinky Dinks
December 30, 2009, 2:17 am
Filed under: Christmas, Gifts, Holidays, Kids

I saw this really cool idea on Roots and Wings Co. and just had to make them.  Check it out on their website for the complete instructions. I might just  make mine into ornaments.  I also got the Star Wars fonts to write the kids’ names from here. I used Starvader. 

Things I learned to remember for next time:

1.  I liked tracing with a Sharpie onto the shiny side and then coloring with pencils on the back side.  

2.  Place the Sharpie side up in the oven because it sticks.  

3.  I am not sure why some of the designs got deformed looking. Something to figure out for next time.

Tie Doll Blankets
December 26, 2009, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Gifts, Kids

These tie blankets were gifts my nieces to use with their dolls. I cut two pieces of fleece 19×21.5.  Then I cut one inch fringe all the way across going down 3 inches. The only problem I had making these was that I had a half an inch in there so it kind of messed them up a little bit on the edges.  Anyway, I cut 3 inches deep so on the corners you can cut down 3 inches and 3 inches over. You should also lay something heavy or place tape across the blanket to mark when to stop cutting for the fringe. You can see I used a heavy metal ruler 3 inches in as my mark. Don’t worry about that part if it doesn’t make sense because the corners will just be cut out on their own as you cut your fringe.  After all of the fringe is cut, then you knot the bottom and top fringe pieces together all the way around.   You could also buy one of those pillow kits from a craft store to do this and use it as a blanket instead of a pillow.

Elastic Bookmark
December 26, 2009, 10:59 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Gifts

I made this elastic bookmark for my husband who loves German things.  The charm is made from a shrinky dink and has the German eagle on it.  All you  need is 15 inches of elastic and a charm.  Go to Whimsy Love to learn how to make them.  That is where I found this great idea.

Barbie Snuggie
December 26, 2009, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Gifts, Kids, Sewing

I gave my nieces some Snuggies for Christmas and thought that this Barbie Snuggie was perfect to go along with them.  The directions are found on Sharon Sews.  It was pretty easy to make. The first one I hand sewed most of it, but I was running out of time so ended up sewing the rest by machine.  One thing I made a mistake on was making the sewing machine stitches small.  I was thinking small like a Barbie, but the fleece was stretchy so I had to have a longer stitch so that it didn’t stretch.  I did end up sewing all of the sleeves on by hand and then all of the sides with the machine.