My sweet little "C" (age 4) is starting her
very first ballet class this week.
She's SUPER excited, her mama kinda is too!
(Back story: I studied ballet/jazz/tap/toe for 11 years
and did a bit of dancing in high school and college
Her daddy and I are taking Latin and Salsa dancing this summer)
We went on a special shopping trip to the store
to pick up her leotard, tu-tu, shoes, and tights.
Every little dancer needs a special bag
to keep her clothes and shoes in and "C" is a "purse girl."
So, I made her a pink dance bag of her very own.
I made one of these 5 years ago when her big sister
took her first dance class -
she quit after a year but it was fun while it lasted.
I still have her cute little bag and some adorable photos for my scrapbooks!
First, we needed a good photo of "C" wearing her
special ballet costume, with a neutral background.
We did a mini photo shoot in the hallway
against a white door and tried a couple of poses.
We picked her favorite pose, then printed it
out on T-Shirt transfer paper.
Because we were planning to use a dark pink bag,
I ironed the image onto some white muslin
(so it wouldn't be too dark)
If you were using a lighter colored bag, you could
save yourself a step and iron the picture directly onto the bag!
Ironing on the kitchen granite works like a charm
with the transfer film and yes, I use an old
Marshmallow Fluff jar as my kitchen pencil jar.
Out-of-focus, close-up photo of the
Then, I carefully trimmed the ballerina and used
Fabric Fusion glue because I didn't feel like
sewing it onto the bag.
After she was glued down,
I hand-sewed on a bit of pale pink tulle
to make a little 3-D tu-tu for her.
(Sorry about the side-ways photo!)
On her sister's bag, I even added a silver glitter glue tiara
but because C's hands were over her head, there wasn't enough room.
Then, I found some pale pink satin ribbon in my stash,
it reminded me of my toe-shoes so I tied a big fluffy bow
and hand-sewed it to the bag so it wouldn't come un-tied.
Another view of the ballerina so you can see how her skirt is attached.
The finished ballet bag, and my little ballerina ready for our first class.
I have a dance teacher friend from college who is expecting her first daughter soon,
I'm thinking she's going to need one of these little bags too!
pink and green mama