I'm 9 months pregnant!! (Due this Friday!!) Congrats to you!
I still use my thigh.....so I can't really help you there. I remember reading once that a girl used a pot (for the stove). Maybe that would work for you. And like you, I always use 2 layers (2 strips) at a time. 1 never looks full enough, and if I'm charging $20-$30 per tutu, then i think people should be getting something that looks better than the crappy store bought kind lol.