Thursday, March 25, 2010

Guest Blogger - Texas Monkey - Tutu Leggings

Hey there Someday Crafters! I'm sooo excited and humbled to be guest blogging here where I get so many of my ideas and inspiration, not only from Michelle, but from you readers that she features.

I'm Shayna from Texas Monkey, a small but fun blog where I am glamorizing, mesmerizing, and accessorizing my life and home one project at a time. I say Ya'll and Fixin' a lot! Hope you're ok with that. It is a Texas Gal blog after all. I'm also owner of Texas Monkey Boutique where I make and sell handmade accessories.

I'd love for ya'll to stop by my small town blog (you know the kind, where everyone knows everyone and you can always find someone to help you out with whatever you need) and there you will find yummy recipes, DIY projects, crafts, a weekly Dream Book and experiments, and I like to showcase new items I'm making for my store with my adorable little monkey modeling them.
Here are a few of my latest projects:

But on to why we're really here. I want to show you how to make these adorable TuTu Leggings. I know we've all seen the Baby Warmer Leggings, and the fun girl Tutus everywhere but what would be more fun than to have both of these all wrapped up into one adorable accessory, so began my Tutu Leggings.

This project is quite easy and I'd rate it on the beginners level. You don't need a sewing machine for this so in my book that makes it a plus!

First thing is to gather your supplies, you will need:
Women's Knee High Socks
Tulle in colors of your choice
Measuring Tape
Elastic (the thinnest you can find)
Needle and Thread

Step 1 - Cut your socks right above the heel, (for taller girls you may want to use the toe portion that you just cut off to extend the length of the leggings, otherwise, put the toe portion away, we won't be needing it)

Now if you've ever made the baby leg warmers then you probably have had to finish the new ends, this is why this project is so simple, you don't need to finish the ends unless you want to because once you add the tutu the raw edges won't be shown.

Step 2 - Cut your tulle into 6 x 3 inch strips (6 inches long and 3 inches wide)

Step 3 - Measure your adorable little monkey's ankle
Step 4 - Cut your elastic one inch shorter than what her ankle measurement was.

Step 5 - Stitch your elastic together to form a circle
(Read pictures Left to Right)

Step 6 - I used a roll of tulle but a glass or candle or anything in cylinder shape will work. Place your elastic over the roll of tulle
Step 7 - Gather 2 pieces of tulle and interlock using a chain link.
Step 8 - Begin tying your tulle around your elastic using a square knot, (make sure that the chain link is on the back of the elastic)
Step 9 - Continue this process all the way around until your elastic is covered and full.

Step 10 - Once your little tutu is complete, cut the tulle to your desired length, I wanted short and poofy. So I cut it to about 1 inch in length.
Step 11 - Place the tutu around the unfinished end of your legging and hold in place with one hand.

Step 12 - Begin hand stitching the tutu to the legging all the way around and tie off the thread.

Repeat all the steps for your other legging and then step back and

admire your adorable little monkey tutu legs.

Then put them on the nearest precious monkey you can find and watch her dance around in delight. These look great with skirts or even tutus.

Have fun and I can't wait to see how you do yours!!!

Thank you again to Michelle for this wonderful opportunity and I hope to see some of you soon at my blog, Texas Monkey.

I'm in love with that idea! I've never seen these so I think Shayna may be the original creator. No doubt about it! These tutu leggings will be around the blogosphere everywhere and little girls will be wearing them at the mall!!!! Go pay Shayna a visit at Texas Monkey and at her on-line boutique!!! I'm sure she would love to have you become a follower. And you would appreciate learning how to do all the things that she does for her boutique and her home.

I'm fixin' to make my daughter some tutu leggings!!!

Linking to WATF - Works for Me Wednesday, Blue Cricket - Show and Tell, Thrifty Home -Pinching Pennies, ISVC-Celebrate the Holidays, Creations by Kara - Look What I Made , Life In the Pitts - Craft Therapy , Room To Inspire - Be Inspired, Just a Girl - Show and Share

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  1. Thank you Michelle, your readers are the best!

  2. first of all, I love Shayna's blog!!!! second of all, these are awesome!!!!!!!!! great stuff! can't wait to try!!!!

    here's a silly question... what is a chain link???

  3. Love, love, lovedy love these! And I say "y'all" and "fixin" in my blog too, good to see someone else do that!!

  4. I emailed Julia and answered her question but if anyone else has a question feel free to contact me.

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Handcraft category today [25 Mar 05:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. Love those cute cubby baby legs! Great idea if I had baby is 17yrs.

  7. These are really cute.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party. Don’t forget to stop by and enter my giveaway. I’ll announce the winner at next weeks party!

  8. Those are absolutely adorable! I wish my Li'l Gals legs were baby legs again just so she could wear something that looked like those :)

  9. You've got such great ideas! I love that wall art and the bookshelves too!! Thanks for linking to Creative Cats

  10. I LOVE those tutus! Tu cute!!!!


  11. Those are so fun and cute! Any little girl would just love those!

  12. I followed your directions and made these Tutu sons refused to wear accounting for some peoples taste!...;-)

  13. Oh those chubby toes!!! Why in the world I never had a girl is beyond me :(

  14. Those are too cute. Great idea! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  15. Also adorable! You find the best crafts to feature.

    Thank you for linking this up to A Little Craft Therapy, as well!

  16. How fun are these?!? I looove making leg-warmers, and this just adds a great touch. I linked on last weekend's weekly roundup on my blog and am just now (yikes!) getting around to comment. Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I saw these on Etsy today, and knew I could make them myself! My daughter is going to be a clown for halloween and she's going to wear these!

    Thanks again!

  18. These are so cute, I definitely want to make a pair of these leggings for my daughter soon!


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