In the following days I am so excited to share crafts and activities from some on the most creative minds on the net. These fabulous bloggers will be sharing one of their favorite children’s books along with a complimentary craft or activity. Our hope is to bring awareness to the Read to Feed Project and also inspire everyone to read and craft with children. The projects and books that will be showcased here are wonderful! We are all in for such a treat!
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First up is Stacy, from MamasDoodles. Visit her site for a heaping load of fun crafts and colaborative art you can make with your child. Stacy is also known for her unbelieavable tails and tutus. We are so lucky to have her sharing a tutorial on how we can make a “NO SEW” tutu after reading the book, Fancy Nancy!
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We’re a household of two kids including Kenzie (age 4) and Rylan (age 5 months). Kenzie is a fancy girl at heart, enjoying all things princessy, fairy-like and frilly.
The book, Fancy Nancy, by Jane O’Connor ranks high with her.
In true Fancy-Nancy spirit — Kenzie finds it perfectly acceptable & necessary to get really dressed up before heading out on a worm hunt. We’re sure Fancy Nancy feels the same way!! (about dressing up.. but maybe not about worms!)
In support of Fancy Nancy’s embellished-to-the-hilt style, we offer the super-fluffy “NO SEW” tutu tutorial. This tutorial is for those Mama’s who don’t want to wrestle tulle, invisible thread, and a sewing machine in order to create the tutu of your little girl’s dreams. It’s so easy – a child can do it herself! (that is, if she can tie her own shoes!) Your finished tutu will appear similar to the following picture:
Step 1:Cut and sew elastic to form waistband. I use 20 inches for most of my tutus, which fits most kiddos.
Tutu Tiplet: If you wanna go all pro – there are even fun colored elastic cords that can be used instead of plain old elastic. Or you can use a belt!
Step 2: Cut 4-5 yards of tulle into strips. And, cut, cut, cut some more. I do some thicker strips, some thinner.
Tutu Tiplet: You can use solely tulle. You can also add in streamers of ribbon, or other whimsies tied in here and there. You can use a solid color tulle, or alternate amongst a few different colors.
Step 3: Tie your strips onto the elastic. I vary the length of some, just to give it more poof and visual layering. Align your knots all on one side of the waistband, of course. They don’t HAVE to be crammed together. As long as you use 4 yards worth of tulle, the tutu will be immensely fluffy.
Tutu Tiplet: I put the waist band around my leg, slide up thigh-high..and it makes tying and controlling the tulle a lot easier!
You might find that your little girl can’t stop there with her desire to embellish, if she’s anything at all like Fancy Nancy. In the book, Fancy Nancy gives lessons to her family on how to be just as fancy as she is… Our resident Fancy Nancy offers FREE Fancy lessons to her little brother.
To help our son with feeling good about himself …in feathers…we also enjoy the following books:
Look At Me! A Book About Differences, by Allia Zobel-Nolan
Be Fancy …& READ to feed!!
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