Friday, September 25, 2009

Tutorial ~ Tutu ~


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.

3/4" elastic

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!

30 comments:

Catherine said...

Great tutorial! Just wish my daughters were young enough now. I never thought of making a tutu that way. Too easy!

The Gorbys said...

I make and sell tutus. They're so quick and easy! For Halloween my girls are going to be a ladybug, a bumblebee, and a spider. Well, that's my plan, at least. They don't know it yet and I just hope they won't throw a fit when they find out the don't get to buy a cheesy costume from the store! They're each going to be wearing a tutu as part of their costume!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

Sachiko, I love this and will be featuring soon. This is perfect for those little fairies and princesses!!

Wendy said...

Cute! I made one for DD last year, you can see it here:

http://wendyinflorida.blogspot.com/2008/11/halloween-fun.html

Brakes and Gas said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I am going to make E one this weekend. Since she is so little (6 months old) should I just by the tulle my the yard? I am so excited!

Tonya said...

Great tutorial! I made one of these before, and I am getting ready to make one for my daughter's halloween witch costume, but I just wanted to add that our local dollar store has the same spools of tulle (only in white though) in their wedding section for a $1.

Cheryl said...

great tutorial and what a cute and quick project. Love it. Too bad my girl is in college now. I would of had fun making one of these.

Cheryl said...

Hey there!
Hope you enjoy the zucchini bread if you make it.
I didn't make my header. I found the pic online for my header. But I think those cushions are pretty easy to make. I think Heather Bailey might have a pattern for those.

marisa said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I have spent so much in buying and customizing tutus and now I can try this myself!

Tales From the Land of Motherhood said...

Thanks for sharing!! My girls will love it!! I never knew it was so easy to make these.

Jen V - Flawed and Fabulous Crafts said...

So fun! My sister and I made tutu's for our girls last year using the same method - so easy and so adorable!
I was just thinking about making one for Halloween - maybe a witch - or a good witch - or a fairy princess or a ballerina...

casserole said...

Great tutorial! And perfect timing, just before Halloween! I posted about your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-easy-tulle-tutu/2009/09/30/

--Anne

Brooke - in Oregon said...

Thanks so much, I am going to try this for my granddaughter this weekend!!

Brenda said...

I'm headed to Joann's tomorrow to get some tulle. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks really easy. I will be following your blog.

Davida said...

Bellissima idea ! Complimenti ! Saluti dal Italia, Davida

Kim said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, it turns out awesome. I posted a picture of the one I made with a link to your tutorial on my blog today. Thanks again!
http://lifeofamodernmom.blogspot.com/2009/10/sew-something-saturday.html

Brenda said...

I made 2 of these. Come by for a look.

Carly said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I had so much fun making a tutu for my daughter...I want to make more!

Teri said...

thank you so much for the great tutorial!! me & my girl are having so much fun with it, thanks again!!!

http://cooinghead.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutu-091007.html

Neith said...

Omg you saved my life for my halloween costume!!!
I love you, it'so simple... wonderful!
Thank you so much!

Ozlem said...

Hello,
İt's a wonderful.I like making the tutu.(Soory,I know little speak English).
Byee.......

... said...

It's so pretty! I hope you don't mind, but I linked it to you on my blog. I love your blog!

MJ said...

This is so clever!! I have to make a full-length adult petticoat and think I will use your idea for it rather than sewing it :) Thanx!

Jane Carlstrom aka Glorious Hats said...

OH oh, still here, still looking through your tutorials. Adding this to the list to do with the 8 year old. She is still young enough to enjoy wearing one of these-- especially as she is in dance class. And this tutu with a pair of the room slippers will be an awesome crafting session. Thanks so much!

Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! Well, all your tutorials really. I made them for all the little girls at my daughters 1st birthday party. 9 tu-tu's to be exact. So fun to make though. Thanks again!

http://mysweetry-pie.blogspot.com/2010/06/ryans-1st-birthday-party.html

Tal said...

Thanks for this great tutorial. I linked to it today on my blog: http://english.the-crafeteria.com/2011/04/09/purim/
Tal

Tal said...

Thanks for this great tutorial! I linked to it today on my blog: http://english.the-crafeteria.com/2011/04/09/purim/

emi said...

thanks for the tutorial--i've made several as gifts, like this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/e_chendo/5228667321/in/set-72157623265305980/

freakymama said...

This is adorable...btw, I am *really* enjoying your blog.

Rudelle Jade said...

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful project!

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