Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Crochet Minnie Mouse Inspired Tutu with Red Heart Boutique Sassy Fabric Yarn

I had the pleasure of receiving some fun yarn in the mail recently. Red Heart graciously sent me one of their new lines called Boutique Sassy Fabric Yarn. I received a hank of the red dot pattern and immediately thought of one thing: Minnie Mouse! You may have already seen my Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired crocheted hats (and diaper covers), but I thought a tutu skirt would be a cute twist on the Minnie outfit. I will show you how to make a removable bow as well!

Here is what you need:
- Red Heart Super Save Yarn in red and black
- Size H Crochet hook
- Large tapestry needle
- 3-5 small buttons (about a half inch)
- Hot glue gun and alligator clip if you want to make the bow

SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet

You probably want to start by measuring the waist of your child to see how long you need to make your chain. My daughter was sleeping when I started this project so I guesstimated. I think you could pretty easily increase the pattern below in multiples of 10 to start with. 

Here is how to make a 3-6 month size tutu:
Chain 60 +2, HDC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down. (60 HDC)
Rows 2-6: HDC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (60 HDC)
Row 7: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 9, repeat across, chain 1, turn
Row 8: HDC in each stitch across, chain 1 , turn 
Row 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 10, repeat across, chain 1, turn 
Row 10: HDC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn 
Feel free to stop or keep increasing to make tutu skirt flare out.
Row 11: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 11, repeat across, chain 1, turn 
Row 12: HDC in each stitch across
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now you need to attach your sassy fabric. Lay it down so the holes in the fabric are facing up. 
Insert your hook into the first hole of the fabric and under one of the stitch loops on the left hand side of your skirt, about halfway down.

Now insert your hook under another hole in the sassy fabric and draw through the crochet loop and your first sassy fabric hole.

Continue across the whole skirt.

You are going to want to make 3 or more rows of this (depending on how long your tutu is)

To weave in ends, you want to use your tapestry needle and knot it around the last stitch and trim end. Basically just do what you can to make it secure.

Sew on a couple of buttons on one of the edges of your tutu skirt. Make sure your buttons are small enough for the HDC's on the other side to loop over them.

Now you can make a matching bow!

Overlap your fabric a couple of times... it should be a bout 4-5 inches long. Cut another strip of fabric (this will be the middle of your bow).

Pinch bow in the middle and secure with a pipe cleaner or a small rubber band.

Fold the edges of your second strip over and hot glue it around the middle of your bow. Trim.

Add an alligator clip to the back and clip it onto the top of your Minnie hat between the ears!


  1. OMGOODNESS!!! That is sooo adorable Sarah. You are so creative and talented. You Mrs.Sarah give me so much inspiration. Thank you for sharing your talent. :-)

  2. You are one brilliant designer! I love your patterns, and have made many of them. Thank you for another adorable, must-keep pattern! I will be making this one real soon! BTW, your baby girl is gorgeous!

  3. Very cute :) I did this with sashay yarn. I'm not sure how easy it was to crochet that between the stitches but you might try making the skirt in the back loops and adding your fabric to the front loops. :) just an idea. Love all your projects!

  4. So stinkin cute, as always thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us lacking in this dept!

  5. Love I see this as the next baby shower gift or hospital donation

  6. Love I see this as the next baby shower gift or hospital donation

  7. I can't wait to make this for someone. I make so many of your patterns. Crocheting is my stress reliever and I always love seeing your new patterns. You are awesome!!!!

  8. I love this! I've never seen this type of yarn before. I can't wait to get started!

  9. OMG I die. Another project for my granddaughter to be

  10. Do you ever find bits of yarn in her diaper? :0)
    Keep your designs coming! I just finished the owl hat for my brother-in-law. So cute!!!


  11. You have taken cute to beyond adorable!! I love all your patterns! Thank you for sharing them!!!

  12. This is soooo cute! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Amazingly creative! I made your minnie hat and I loved it. You rock.

  14. Totally fantastic ! And just to let you know, the giraffe hat I made for my granddaughter was coveted by her aunt that I am now making another one. Thank you so much for designing and sharing all your patterns. You are like a crochet fairy godmother to us all.

  15. You are so Brilliant, GF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cutest Thing I've EVER SEEN!!!! Oh My Golly!!!!!!! God Bless :)

  16. Holy crochet! I do my skim through fb news feed only to come flying back to your amazing post. If I didn't have to go to work I'd be at my nearest craft store :) Thank you for another amazing pattern. You, my dear, have mad skill.

  17. So the first thought I had when you posted this pic of the hat and the diaper cover was hoping that we'd get to see your sweet baby with the minnie mouse ruffle butt. ; ) Yay! what a cutie!

  18. The cutiest thing I've seen for a long time :-) <3

  19. Jajaja! How funny! I have to tell you that I've followed the patterns you published sometime ago for the hat and the diaper cover. I'm going to publish the results in a few weeks. I'm pregnant now of my first child, I don't know anything about sizes of babies, so I hope it fits him...
    Thank you for teaching us.

  20. OMG...! This is too cute!!! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Sarah you have out down it again! So so excited to make this :) Thank you!!!

  22. Sarah you have out down it again! So so excited to make this :) Thank you!!!

  23. Sarah - you are one of the most creative women I know and so generous with your wonderful ideas. Thank you so much - I look forward to reading your blog and know that I will always be inspired by what you come up with. Enjoy your weekend.

  24. How can I make it in to a size 2? I'm new at crocheting and this would look cute on my granddaughter . Please help!

  25. Thank you for sharing your patterns. I made the other Minnie Mouse hat, bow and diaper cover for my granddaughter. It came out awesome. I think I might try this one as well. I was a little nervous about using the Sassy Fabric Yarn. You make it look easy. Thank you again so much. Teresa H.