15 minutes to a no-sew Tula Slipcover – the Disney Frozen Princess Dress Edition

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Kid Stuff, mei tai pattern | 0 comments

22.1 Anna dress front carry

 

In Part 1 I had an idea to use some cheap princess dresses as slipcovers for our new Toddler Tula. My girls are almost 3 and almost 5, and they are tall kids. I don’t need a carrier for my older girl any more, but sometimes she tires out on long trips, and since I have a carrier along for my 2 year old, it’s convenient to be able to put my 4 year old up when she needs a rest. I absolutely need a carrier for my 2 year old – we are often on-the-go during her naptime, so she takes her nap in a carrier.

As the girls have gotten older, they have gotten pickier about what carrier they want. I’m sure they would have loved a fancy wrap conversion Tula, but they are very expensive, and we already have our awesome wrap conversion mei tai (free printable pattern and tutorial here). I like our denim mei tai as much as the wrap conversion, anyway, so a canvas Tula is just fine by me.

My girls are really into princesses and dressing up, so I did some searching and found some really cool Tula slipcovers – this is one on Etsy at Custom Kid Carriers looks really cool, and if the Tula were my only carrier and I were going to use it all the time, I’d go for it (well, or make my own, but something like this is a lot of work) cool anna slipcover It looks great! This is definitely NOT the easiest Tula slipcover in the world.

Nope. The easiest Tula slipcover doesn’t even need any sewing at all. It’s not a work of art, but it’s cute and we get compliments on it. My girls are like every other little girl out there, and they’re crazy for Disney Frozen, and wanted Anna and Elsa Tula slipcovers.

To make the easiest Tula slipcover in the world, I started with this Anna dress on Amazon, and this Elsa dress on Amazon. When I ordered them, they were about $8 to $11 each, including shipping through Amazon Prime. That’s pretty cheap! I also considered using the short dresses that come in the Disney “doll and dress” combos – I have a couple of these dresses but now that my daughters are older, they won’t wear the shorter dresses so it would be no loss to us to cut them up. They came in boxes like this.

You need your dress, your Tula, and some scissors.

 

Getting the dress onto the Tula as a slipcover means that you’re going to have to destroy the dress as a wearable dress. It’s only going to be a slipcover after you get down with it.  You won’t need to cut as much if you are using a standard size Tula. I’m using a toddler Tula, which obviously is bigger than the standard size, so I had to cut the dresses a bit more to get them to fit onto the larger size. If you wanted to experiment with this and make a slipcover for an Ergo or another smaller carrier, I think this would also work really well as a super easy slipcover for any soft structured baby carrier.

Part of the reason why the Tula is more difficult to slipcover is because the shoulder straps do not unbuckle. If you were using a Kinderpack, Ergo, Boba, Beco, etc., you could unbuckle the straps and cut some strategic holes, rather than having to cut larger slits.

Pics!

12 the anna dress next to the Tula The Anna dress laid out next to the Toddler Tula. I got a simple Cloudy Tula.

13 cut the sleeves off Snip off the long sleeves. There is no way to deal with these with the Tula straps that don’t unbuckle.

15 slip it on and cut the back Slip the dress on the Tula (The Elsa dress, down below, shows how to do this). Then turn it over so that you can start cutting the back open. Be careful not to cut your Tula. 21 that's the back, all cut This is how far down I cut the back of the dress at first, but it wasn’t enough for the Toddler Tula.

16 I cut down that far I had to cut a little more.

22 a close up of the cut My Anna dress was not quite sewn right in the back, so it came apart a little bit at the seam. It doesn’t show when the carrier is being warned, and I decided to ignore it for now.

14 slit the sleevseI also slit the sleeve down the bottom.

17 because of the Tula straps not unbuckling, there is not enough room19 I cut that far18 gotta cut the dress This is where I cut the sides to free up that bottom strap. If you were putting a slipcover over a carrier that has straps that unbuckle, you could just cut a hole for the buckle.

20 that's the front, all cut   This is basically what it looks like, laid out flat. It would cover more on a standard size Tula.

22.4 Anna dress three quarter view 22.3 Anna dress side 22.2 Anna dress back carry 22.1 Anna dress front carry 22.5 nap approved Action shots! These were taken hastily on my phone when we were out and about, in a random bathroom some place. It was naptime. You can see how someone kicked off her boots in protest of naptime.

If you feel really motivated, you can overlock or otherwise finish the raw edges of the cut dress. I didn’t bother and nothing bad has happened. I use this about 1-2 times a week. We get a lot of looks and compliments on it. I could definitely go ahead and spruce it up by finishing the edges, but I think that would be a lot more effort for a minimal return. Basically, this is a carrier that my girls are happy to go up in, even when it’s naptime, because they are huge princess fans. Personally, I find a good woven wrap to be more comfortable overall, but we use those more around the house lately, and grab the Tula when we are out and about because a crabby 2 year old who is past her naptime can be difficult to get into a woven wrap.

Now on to the Elsa slipcover!

1 Elsa dress with tula side by side Here is the Tula next to the Elsa dress that will become a slipcover.

5 pull it up Slip the dress up from the bottom.

 

2 poke straps through sleeves The straps don’t unbuckle, but you can poke them down and out through the sleeves.

4 really keep poking Poke them all the way through.

9 see what I mean Get them all the way through, poke them down, pull the dress up as far as you can. The Tula is all wrinkled inside because the dress is smaller than the toddler Tula.

6 turn it over and cut the back Cut the back. Carefully.

7 I cut that far I ended up having to cut down about that far.

10 I cut the sleeves11 I cut them pretty big Cut the sleevees, too, to release the straps. If you were using a carrier with straps that unbuckle, you could just cut a hole for the buckle and you wouldn’t need the longer slit.

11.1 Elsa dress side The side of the carrier, with my tall almost-5 year old. I’m actually pretty happy with how well the Toddler Tula can carry a 5 year old.

8.1 Elsa dress back carry - before cutting sleeves 8 try it on, the sleeves are pulling down the top The back of the carrier with my tall 2 (almost 3) year old, but this was before I cut the sleeves down the sides as far as they needed to be cut, so the top of the carrier is still getting pulled down. My girls have wanted us to use the Anna dress “slipcover” for the past few weeks so I don’t have any good pictures of the Elsa slipcover. I feel like the Elsa slipcover is more fragile because of the netting. For around $10, I don’t care!

This took less then 15 minutes to make.

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