This tutu beaded box pattern originally appeared in 2022 as a charity project to raise money to fund relief efforts for those affected by the Ukraine war. For me, ballet is synonymous with both Russia and Ukraine. Some of my favourite dancers, here in London, originated and/or trained in both those nations. I have no interest in taking political sides. For me, war serves no useful purpose. I wanted to do something to bring relief to the inevitable suffering. Happily, many of my beading followers supported this desire, and we raised over £1,700 through sales of this pattern. Thank you to everyone who made that possible.
I have now chosen to release it through my normal stores, here on the Beadflowers website and on Etsy.
To complete this project, you will need size 10 delicas, size 11 seed beads and (optional) 2mm True2 beads or similar sized crystals. I also recommend using Fireline beading thread to help you get a good, stable structure.
Experience and Techniques
You are going to be working in Peyote stitch and basic netting for this project. I recommend that you are familiar with the basic techniques before you attempt this. You can find free tutorials to help with that by following this link.
About the Tutu Beaded Box
The finished size of the tutu beaded box is about 3.5″ (9cm) in each direction. The bodice and top layer of the skirt lift up to reveal storage space inside the skirt.
As you will see from the gallery images, you can make this in a wide range of colours. I chose the yellow and blue that represented the Ukrainian flag. (Reflecting the devastation suffered in that geographic territory, not because I wish to take sides in the politics behind the conflict). You will see that some of those who supported the campaign created more traditional tutus. Sarah’s beautiful design reminds me of the traditional costumes for the ballet Don Quixote. While Gina’s beaded tutu could easily be worn by Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, or perhaps the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker.
I hope you have fun creating your dream ballet costume!