Friday, September 25, 2009
A few days ago I hinted at doing a tutorial for something. I see them everywhere, the mall, craft booths and other stores. After the church function, I got the materials and started making it right away. It was so simple and easy, I finished it within 30minutes or so.
I didn't know exactly how much material I would need. I kind of just eye-balled it. Please read the instructions to the end, before you dash out to buy materials.
You will need:
2 rolls of tulle, each different colors-- I found mine at Joann's. It was in the wedding decoration section.
The color choices are limited but it is the easiest way to make a tutu. It was $2.99 a roll. If you want to cut your own amount instead of buying a roll, they have more color selection in bolts; the ones I looked at was $1.99/yard.
flowers and ribbons if you would like to accessorize the tutu.
1. Decide how big you want the tutu to be. I mesured my little girls tummy and sewed the ends together to make a big circle. I cut the elastic 20" long. Because you will lay them together and sew, the finished waist will be about 19".
2. Cut the tulle in desired lengths. I went with the length of my cutting mat, which is 36". Now, the roll of tulle I bought was 6 inches X 25yards. With two rolls I had 50 strips. Near the end I felt that I did not have enough tulle to cover the 19" waist, so I used tulle I had from before and mixed them in. I didn't want to buy another roll of tulle when I only needed such a small amount. (I only needed 6 or so more strips).
If you make the waist a little bit smaller and cut the tulle a few inches shorter, you will be able to make one tutu with 2 rolls of tulle. My daughter is 4 years old and I wanted to make it slightly bigger and longer so she can wear it for a while.
3. Fold the strips of tulle in half to make a loop. Hold it against the elastic and take the ends of tulle and put it through the loop.
4. Tighten the loop. Move on to the next color. Repeat the process.
5. Accessorize the tutu with flowers and ribbons as you desire. Then, you will have a beautiful tutu for your loved ones to enjoy!
I had so much fun making this. The only sewing part was attaching the ends of elastic. I want to try different color combinations next time. This will be a perfect Holloween costume for the coming season. They can be a Princess, a ballerina, a fairy, and if you make the tutu using black tulle (and a little shorter) it will be so cute to dress them as a black kitty too! I hope you will try making this tutu. It is too much fun of a project to pass up!