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
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.
Join the two ends of the elastic in a kind of butt-joint method with a very wide zig-zag stitch.
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.
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.
Finish the ballerina with a bow or additional decorations.