Monday 4 July 2011

Tutu Tutorial

I made my first tutu! I have wanted to make one of these for a long time, but never got around to it. They are so easy to make, that even my 9 year old daughter could make one of these. You only need to sew the once, either by hand or the sewing machine. The photograph above is my daughter modelling her new tutu I made for her.

I made this tutu quite long and the choice of colours were picked for a reason.  This tutu was made in less than an hour!  I already had the tulle (fabric) in the house from a past project that never was! The only item I purchased was the black elastic, which I needed for this particular project, I always have plenty white, but didn't have black. The 5 step tutorial below shows you how I made this tutu.

Items needed:
Scissors or a rotary cutter
I metre of each colour tulle (I used 3 colours, black,pink and red)
Needle and thread or a sewing machine

Step 1: Cut the tulle into strips, a rotary cutter would be easier, however scissors are fine too. You can cut them any length or width you wish, but remember the wider the width, the less strips from the fabric!

Note: 1 metre of tulle cut into strips of 5cm wide would equal 20 pieces of tulle, strips of 10cm wide would equal 10 pieces of tulle. The length of the fabric is your choice, obviously the younger they are, the shorter the length. I used mixed length for this particular project, but normally you would keep the lengths similar. If you know what length you want for the tutu then double the length for the strips when cutting, because you will be folding the strips!

Step 2: Cut the required amount of elastic. (Elastic should be the same length as the child's waist.)

Step 3: The only sewing part, sew the two ends of the elastic securely together to make the waist band. (on the photo you can see that I pinned these together with a safety pin until the end, and then sewed)

Step 4: Place the elastic over a chair back, you could even use your thigh!

Step 5: Place one piece of tulle under the elastic on the chair and make sure both ends even up and tie into a knot to secure it on the elastic. Repeat this step for each piece of tulle, remembering to alternate the colours. You now have your tutu, if needed trim any lengths that are uneven.

Below is another photograph of the completed tutu. As you can see I have made the pink strips longer!

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  1. Your daughter looks pretty in her new tutu. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you now.

  2. This is really cute! Great job!

  3. so pretty. what a beautiful tutu! thanks for visiting the dragons fairy tail.
    I'm a follower now too!


  4. Sweet!
    Would you like to share it at our Weekly Playdate link party (for kids and families!) at: ?

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  5. Great job! My tulle is always so fussy. But somehow ends up working out. Check out my Tutu Tote.
    Stopping by from the Blog Hop.

  6. Very cute! Do you have an etsy shop? If not, you should check it out! Visiting and now following via I Love Blog Hopping Hop...hop on over to my blog and follow back if you like!

  7. very cute you did a great job!

  8. Very cute! I love making tutus, so much fun!

    I'm a new follower from the I love blogging hop! I would love for you to stop by my blog and follow me :)

  9. Wow! So much easier than I envisioned! Thanks for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  10. When/if we ever have a little girl I will be all about the tutus. Yours is so easy and adorable. Perfect for me! :)

  11. Thanks for the "how-to" on tu-tus. You never know when you'll need to make one! And I really appreciate you for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment.

    Warmly, Michelle

  12. Awesome! I made my first tutu last year for my daughter's fairy party. The tutus were the favors and I made fairy wings. Fun times!


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