I recently blogged about planning to make a Native American costume for my 19 month old toddler. I was nervous and scared I would mess up, but I’m happy to report I actually was successful! It wasn’t difficult to make; much easier than I thought.

I started by pinning my favorite DIY tutu tutorials on Pinterest. Then I made my shopping list and headed to Jo-Ann’s for tulle, fringe, and beads.

I left the bag in my room for a couple of weeks before tackling the project. I was so worried I would mess up!

Here are the steps:

1. I cut three spools of tulle into strips.

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2. I sewed together the waistband.

3. I looped each strip of tulle onto the waistband.

IMG_3135 4. I placed beads on random pieces of tulle.

Here is how it started to look:

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I left the tutu sitting out untouched for a few days because I really didn’t like it :( It wasn’t my work that I didn’t like. I just thought it didn’t look Native American enough. I finally figured out what I didn’t like about it. It had too much yellow.

Back to Jo-Ann’s, I bought another spool of brown tulle.

I took out the yellow strips and replaced them with brown. It finally had the look I wanted.

IMG_3784After I had finished the skirt, I measured Sarah’s arms and cut fringe armbands. I hot glued beads to make it look more Native American.

Hubby removed the wrapper off of our oatmeal container and taped the lid shut. I hot glued ribbon and beads and made a fun accessory/drum! Lately, Sarah loves to bang on things so this was a fun toy for her.

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Top View
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Side View

I purchased a long sleeve cream-colored t-shirt (from Children’s Place), brown fringe boots and colorful tights (from Old Navy).

I bought feathers to make Sarah a headpiece but just trying to measure her head was difficult so I asked my friend Jessica if she would please make a hair clip (she makes and sells beautiful pieces!). Her daughter also dressed up as a Native American. It was cute to see each of our take on the costume.

Here is my version of a homemade Native American costume:

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backFor handmade, I think it came out very cute! I am the most proud that I actually made it myself!

The costume got plenty of use. Sarah was able to wear it 4x!

The first time she wore her costume, was at my mommy’s group annual Halloween Photo Shoot.

She also wore it Trick-or-Treating on our annual Florida vacation.

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