I’m headed to St. Pete tomorrow to do The Color Run and I’m pretty friggin’ excited.
I know it’s going to make for a great time and some pretty cool pictures. With that in mind I wanted to have a fantastic costume. I’ve always wanted to be one of the cool kids that wears tutus at big races but alas they don’t make tutus in grown women sizes.
I searched Etsy and they’re sold there for around $30. Too dang pricey for me.
The ones I found at the store are made for little girls and only fit one of my legs. Oh, runner problems.
So I Googled and found a tutorial from Shrinking Jeans.
Thanks Google. You’re awesome.
- 10-12 yards of tulle (I bought 12 for $1.49 a yard and had about two yards left over) $10.74 after 50 percent off Jo-Ann Fabrics coupon
- 1/4 inch elastic measured around your waist plus a few inches (I bought one yard) .49
- scissors (already had)
- ribbon for decorating (didn’t use so I’m returning)
Grand total with tax: $11.96
Step 1 Gather all your materials in one spot. Cut your tulle (this is probably the worst part as tulle was invented by the devil) into 6 to 8 inch wide strips. I kept my strips the length of the cardboard thing the tulle comes on and that worked fine.
Step 2 Tie the measured elastic around a chair and work with it there to make the process easier.
Step 3 Fold the strips of tulle in half and loop under the elastic upside down. Pull through. Tighten. And repeat about a gazillion times. Once I got into the groove this whole project took about an hour and a half.
Drink coffee. Preferably in a Santa mug.
Step 4 You can finish the ends by adding decorative ribbon as the ties, using safety pins or just tying them together and calling it a day. I did the last option because this will be trashed tomorrow anyway.
I also didn’t worry too much about getting my loops 100 percent straight or tight.
Step 5 Marvel at how amazingly cheap and easy that was while cursing whoever invented tulle because it’s so hard to work with. Boo tulle. Yay for tutus!