DIY last-minute Disney Frozen Elsa Tutu Costume.
Hey crafty friends! Halloween is almost here, can you believe it? Today I’m sharing an easy DIY Frozen Elsa Costume for this month’s Michaels challenge. This Elsa dress is an almost no-sew costume with the exception of the cape. Tutu costumes are some of the easiest costumes you can make. They’re great last-minute costume ideas and are fun to dress up with accessories. As I’ve mentioned before, my daughter loves Frozen! You can see her Elsa Pumpkin here and later this week I’ll share details on our Olaf pumpkin.
blue glitter tulle (I used 5 spools)
white glitter tulle (2 yards)
Cricut silver glitter iron-on
white long sleeve shirt
blue cami or use Rit Dye and a white cami
There are a hundreds of tutu skirt tutorials out there, and chances are if you have a girl you may have made one at some point. So just a quick run through I measured my daughters waist then sewed the elastic ends together (you can use ribbon instead and tie a bow on the back). Once your tulle pieces are cut to the length you’d like your skirt to be then you make a quick knot around the elastic. This is a simple loop and knot around the elastic (you tulle is folded in half then a small loop around the elastic). How many spools of tulle you willl need will depend on the length and how full you want the skirt to be. My daughter is 43 inches tall and the 5 spools allowed me to create a long skirt.
For the Elsa cape I sewed white glitter tulle to the back of the blue cami. I created a basting stitch along the top to slightly gather the tulle then sewed it right along the edge of the shirt. You can make a no-sew version by using velcro or adding ribbon on the ends to tie on.
Using my Cricut machine and glitter iron on I cut a variety of snowflakes. I used one glitter snowflake on the front of the blue shirt and the rest on the cape. Here’s where it gets a little tricky. At first I couldn’t get the iron on to stick to the tulle, so I used a light muslin fabric piece underneath the tulle. This helped the iron-on adhere better. WAIT! Here’s the issue I had with that method…the iron on can be a little difficult to remove from the fabric placed underneath. You have to slowly and carefully remove the fabric right after it’s been ironed. The longer it cools the harder it will be to remove, which may result in tearing the tulle. So to recap you have a light piece of fabric on top of your snowflake (that still has the protective covering-follow iron on package directions), your tulle, then a light fabric underneath the tulle. Once you iron the design remove the protective sheet and the fabric pieces. In the end I was able to iron on the last few snowflakes without the fabric piece underneath. Looking back I’m wondering if the iron wasn’t hot enough in the beginning. Definitely try applying the iron on without the fabric pieces underneath first, it will be so much easier. If it doesn’t hold well then use a light fabric and remove immediately after ironing.
What are your kids going to be for Halloween? My boys are going to be Star Wars characters while Madi and I will be Anna and Elsa. :)
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