Tulle, in 2 colors* see note below for how much
Crocheted elastic, the child's waist measurement minus 1-2 inches (buy it by the yard at craft stores)
Hot glue gun
* Here's how to calculate how much tulle to buy:
FOR EACH COLOR you need to double the length you want the tutu to be, and then multiply by 3. Or, if you hate math, a few yards of each should do it :-)
Hot glue the ends of the elastic together, overlapping by 1/2 inch or so. Press them together (carefully) with your fingers to make sure the glue makes a strong bond.
Cut the tulle into lengths that are twice the length you want the tutu to be. Then, cut them the long way, so they are half as wide. You should have 6 pieces of each color.
Fold one piece of tulle in half, with the center over one side of a safety pin. From the inside of the waistband, insert the safety pin through a hole towards the bottom of the waistband.
Use the safety pin to pull it through a few inches.
Remove the safety pin and spread the tulle out so you have a small loop.
Tuck the two ends of the tulle through the loop, and pull it snug.
With the same color, repeat on the opposite end of the waistband. Then repeat with 4 more pieces of tulle, 2 on each side for a total of 6 of that color.
Add the second color in the same manner, one piece of tulle in between each of the first color.
Try it on and dance to your heart's content!
This was actually pretty funny for Sprite. She had not idea what a tutu was, so I told her it was a skirt for dancing. She got the idea and even tried a few ballet-ish moves :-)
Please excuse our potty training apparel of no pants :-)