Friday, June 19, 2015

Water Bottle Ballerina...The perfect dance recital favor!

 Last post of the day! And, I think I've saved the best for last.  As many of you probably have seen, there are people online who have transformed water bottles into ballerina's for themed parties but these are meant as a one-time use item.  What I've made here can be used over and over again, and also to help your little one remember which bottle is hers (and avoid sharing whatever cold is going around the studio!)
As with the other posts I've made over the last couple of days, I made these to sell at a recital gift table.  The project requires some sewing skills, so if you don't have machine this probably isn't for you.


  • Metallic Waistband Elastic, silver and gold (JoAnn's)
  • Tulle Strips, 3x the length of elastic sections, and about 4"wide (White tulle on a roll at Dollar Tree works great!)
  • Bits of Ribbon Scraps
  • Sewing Machine and Thread

Step one:
Cut elastic to the desired length (8" seemed to fit both a standard water bottle and some of the reusable bottles we had around the house), and zig-zag stitch over the raw edges to prevent fraying.

Step two:
Join the two ends of the elastic in a kind of butt-joint method with a very wide zig-zag stitch.

Step three:
Stitch over the seam with the decorative ribbons and trims to disguise and give it the look of a ballet tutus bodice.  Get creative, I made each one unique so no one would mistake theirs for another's.

Step four:
Fold tulle in half, and use a gathering stitch along the folded edge. Gather.  Turn the elastic to the wrong side, and stitch the gathered tulle with a fairly long stitch to the elastic at 1/4".  Remove the gathering threads, if necessary.

Step five:
Finish the ballerina with a bow or additional decorations.

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