Easy and Fancy Tutu

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A friend of mine showed me how to make these and I have already made several for my daughter.  This is my personal favorite though – but, just about anything green is.

First you need rolls of Tulle which you can get for about $3 per roll at most Walmarts but you can also find them at your local craft stores.  Buy whatever colors you are interested in.  Depending on how long you want the tutu skirt to be – you will need approximately 2 rolls.  Because I used three colors – I used a little more than 1 roll of cream colored; 1/2 roll of hot pink and 1/2 roll of green.  You also need some elastic.  I used 1/2 inch white.

First you need to measure the waist of the child you are making it for and sew the elastic into a circle.  This will be the waistband of the tutu.

Cut the rolls of Tulle into strips – whatever length you decide is appropriate for your child.  The length will be based on each strip folded in half – so essentially if you want it to be 15 inches long – each strip needs to be at least 30 inches long.

For the next step (the same step for the majority of the project) – you simply fold each strip of Tulle in half and basically knot it over the elastic.  Feed the fold into the center of the elastic then feed the two ends back through the fold of the Tulle – knotting each strip of Tulle over the elastic.  Use whatever color scheme you would like and keep doing that same process – keeping the knots tightly together – until you have completed the process all the way around and have no room to add more Tulle. 

In my case I did two strips of cream Tulle, one of hot pink then one of green – REPEAT.

I kept this one just as it is but you can do the same process with ribbon to decorate it even more (mixing the ribbon throughout the Tulle); you can add on beads etc…
Although you can move forward like this, my friend and I found that as the kids would run around, the knots would loosen up and pieces of Tulle would fall off.  So now, we very slowly sew the waistband with a zig zag stitch before the kids put it on to hold all that hard work in place.  Now they can do whatever they want and it won’t disrupt anything…

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9 Responses

  1. Featured you over at Crafy Zoo with Monkeys! Come by and grab a button! Love what you do with stuff!!!


  2. Marianne says:

    I found you on Craft Gossip. What a cute and easy idea for my little granddaughter. Walmart, here I come! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Please stop by my blog and say hello.

  3. Love it! So simple, yet so fun!

  4. Amanda says:

    I love this idea, I think I’m gonna make one for myself for Halloween!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Too cute!!
    Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!!

  6. Great idea to sew around the top. Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday.


  7. Now I know how to make a tutu for my daughter’s birthday outfit! Yay! Thanks for sharing! I love the colors pink and green together.

  8. Amanda E. says:

    This tutorial will come in handy when my baby girl is a bit older. She is just 6 weeks now, but I pinned this for the future :)

  9. Marinalane says:

    I LOVE This! It seems so simple to do! I plan to make one for my daughter and nieces! Thank you so much for showing me how! =)

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