Or you can also call this the tutu for your hair. Kaye is in ballet and tap class this year and she absolutely loves it. She is fully immersed in the ballet and tap culture wanting to look just like a dancer. In fact, she wears a pink leotard around the house most of the time.
The dress code for her dance school is pink leotard with pink tights and hair pulled back in a bun. Her hair is pretty impossible to pull back. Her hair frays everywhere and I hose it down with hair spray to keep it in place. Then her bangs are a little too short to pull back into the bun. So I have to get creative with it. Anyway, I decided a ballerina cannot be too pink. Therefore, I made these simple bun holders to help decorate her hair with a little pink and maybe hold a few stray hairs in place. She loved it.
I used the same concept as a no sew tutu. So if you want, you can make a bigger version of this for a tutu. And if your daughter is planning on being a fairy or ballerina for Halloween, this is the fast, easy and cheapest way to decorate her hair. Remember, if you make something inspired by Simply Modern Mom, please upload pictures of it to our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.
- 1/4-inch wide elastic
- 1/4 yard each of different color tulle or nylon net
- white thread
1. Cut the elastic to 8 inches.
2. Sew the two ends together with about a 1/2-inch overlap. I did it on my sewing machine with a zig zag stitch back and forth a few times. You can also hand stitch the ends together if you prefer.
3. Cut your tulle or nylon netting into 6 x 1 inch strips. I used a zigzag scissors for the top and bottom edges. And to cut the sides, I folded the sides in half, cut the fold and repeat until the strips were about 1-inch wide. I used straight scissors to cut the sides. The great thing about cutting these strips is you don’t have to be exactly straight. You won’t see the difference because it will be scrunched together.
4. I demonstrated how to tie the strips onto the elastic using the brown fabric so you can see it better. It’s just an example, don’t actually use the brown strip for the bun holder. First you fold the strip in half. Then put the elastic over it with the loop of the strip on one side and the ends on the other.
5. Pull the end through the loop while going over the elastic. Then pull tight.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the tulle or netting covers the entire elastic. I switched colors every 3 ties. You can do your own variety or just do it all in one color. Since it is elastic, if you want the netting to be fuller, stretch the elastic a little to tie more netting onto it until desired fullness. And done!
» Tell me… Does or did your daughter take dance classes? What kind of hair accessories do you like to put in your daughter’s hair to keep it out of their faces? Any tips you can give me is much appreciated.