It's been a wee while. Turns out that life with a toddler is even more all-consuming than life with a baby. Who knew?! However, I did also have my BSL level 3 to complete, but that's done now, so I have time to blog.
So, a little while ago (summer, perhaps. I'm not sure), I was commissioned to make something for a 3 year old girl. I excitedly suggested a tutu. I was told that the girl already loved tulle ballerina tutu. Ah, but did she have a scrappy fabric tutu?! This is a whole new world of tutu. This is a whole new tutu world. This is a new tutu for a new world. This is... different.
I used strips (varying lengths) of fabrics, with some Cath Kidston fabrics thrown in.
Using a 1" wide strip of elastic, I made a circle and tied it in a knot.
Taking the fabric strips, I tied/knotted them to the elastic.
It really was that easy. You could definitely make this.
And, because I didn't have a 3 year old girl to hand, I decided to model the tutu on my son's teddy so you could kind of see how it might look worn around the waist.
The teddy did not look happy about being used like this.
My intention was that it could be used as a thin quilt and double up as a playmat. I now think it wouldn't make a particularly cozy quilt, so it's just a playmat. A super cool playmat.
So, these were the fabrics I chose back in September. They didn't come as part of a set. I just had a rummage in the 'fat quarter' bin for the brights and was most pleased with what I found.
And here's what I did with them next:
I had bought some cheap fleece a while back, so used that as the middle/inside of the playmat (you quilters are probably flinching at my having made it up as I went along). I kept the back plain, as it's only going to be on the floor anyway.
I ran it through the machine and stitched some wavy lines. But not too wavy.
I couldn't decide on which colour bias tape to use, so I went with four. Orange spotty:
And plain green, which you can see the first picture of the finished playmat.
It was first used when Otis was one month old and I did a one month photo shoot with him lying on the mat (with plenty of cushions underneath to support him).
Now, it's used as an actual playmat. He has fun on there, which makes me happy.