If you have a budding ballerina in your family, you'll probably be familiar with just how important a well put together outfit is for class. Leotards, despite their ever increasing complexity, are still quite plain and so adding a little accessory (or two) can be the perfect way to add a bit of individual style.
We've put together a list of crafts from Fitzbirch that are specifically designed for dance class, and all of them include free patterns and tutorials.
Having a bad ballet bun hair day? These simple crochet bun covers will hide a multitude of sins and are really quite simple to make. Choose wool to match your class leotard colour and you'll go from "What have you done to your hair", to "that's so pretty" quicker than you can double crochet.
Even if you're not a knitter, loom knitting is a fabulous way to make leg warmers and are so easy that even a young ballerina could quickly put a pair together. We chose to go for stripes with our pattern, but really these would be just as good plain as the texture is enough to add a touch of shabby chic which is so often seen in professional companies.
Come exam time, many ballet schools ask for a formal bow and here's an easy guide to making them yourself. A glue gun, ribbon and a hair slide is all you need for a perfectly groomed look come exam day, or any class really!
Crochet Ballet Slippers
Every ballerina needs to relax and there's no better way than lounging about in these fantastic crochet slippers. It's been suggested they might make wonderful pointe overshoes as well.
If your leotard colour isn't standard, finding hair accessories in the dance stores can be tricky. Here we took some shop bought ribbon roses, although to be honest they are quite simple to make from scratch, buying them just makes the whole job a little quicker. We sewed them onto matching ribbon and left enough length to tie a bow underneath.
Last, but not least and certainly not just for dance, a onsie is fantastic for after class to keep warm, we used a McCall's pattern and zebra print fleece to create a fashion piece all of our very own.
Deb and Louise
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