Friday, January 22, 2010

Tutorial: How To Make A Tutu

Can you tell this is a picture of a little boy in a tutu? I'm gonna hear about this when my husband sees this picture of our son.
You will need:
1" Elastic
Sewing Machine or Needle & Thread
Rotary Mat & Cutter (or scissors)
You can also do a no-sew version by using ribbon instead of elastic for the waist. Problem with that is you use a ton more tulle and I actually didn't like the look of it as much but that's just me. I used 3 different colored spools of tulle that I had on hand but if you have to buy it then it would be cheaper by the yard. The spools are about $4-6 each but it's a heck of a lot less cutting/work for you.

First, cut your tulle. I recomend using a rotary cutter and mat instead of scissors. The tulle that come in spools is about 5" wide and you cut it to whatever length you want depending on the size of the child. Remember to double the length of each strip since you're tying it in half. Cut 20 or so strips and you can see how many more you think you'll need after you get those tied on.

Next, measure or eyeball the waist size and cut your elastic to fit. Then use a lighter on the two ends to make sure they don't fray. Sew ends together using a zig-zag stitch.
Fold the elastic in half like the picture below with the rough edges on the inside.

Attach tulle like pictured below or just double knot it around the elastic. Make sure to pull it taught but not too tight. Use however many colors you want in any order you choose.

You're Done! Now go try it on your little girl... er... or boy. Poor kid.

Do you have any questions/comments? Whaddaya think - easy, right? Pretty please show me your finished product if you make one!

Thanks for looking!



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