Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How to Make a Homemade Tutu : Tu-Tu-Tutorial

Make an adorable homemade tutu—perfect for dress-up, costume, or a special occasion. This technique allows you to quickly create an adorable tutu for your favorite person or pet, using a few simple supplies. Be careful—tutus are addictive! You may find yourself with one in every color!

Keep tutus short for infants, to make it easy to crawl.
Supplies:
(Makes 1 tutu for a baby, child, or pet---or even for yourself):
  • 2 Spools of Netting Tulle in your favorite color
  • 1” thick  waistband (non curling) elastic
Equipment:
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Tape measure
Directions:
  1. Measure the waist of the person who will be wearing the tutu. Add one inch to this measurement.
  2. Cut a piece of elastic to match this measurement
  3. Overlap the ends of the elastic, forming a waistband, and sew to secure. You can do this by hand or machine.
  4. Decide how long you want your tutu to be. 12” is a good length for small children. Crawling babies and pets may need shorter lengths—about 8” would work
  5. Double the length measurement you want—so if you want 12” in finished length, you will need to cut 24” strips of tulle. 
  6. Use scissors to cut strips of tulle from the roll in your desired length. 
  7. Use a lark’s head knot* to attach each strip to the tutu. Place strips all the way around the waistband. The more strips you use, the fuller your tutu will be. 
  8. Your tutu is finished and ready to wear when you are happy with the look

*Larks head knot: This is a very easy knot to make—chances are, you already know how to make one, but didn’t know the name of it!
1. Fold the strip of tulle in half, forming a loop at the top, and letting the ends dangle.
2. Place the loop behind the elastic waistband, and pass the tulle ends through the loop.
3. Pull the ends to secure.
Project Notes:
  • Don’t limit yourself to a single color—you can use multiple colors to create a unique tutu for any occasion.
  • Decorate the waistband of your handmade tutu with silk flowers or pretty ribbon for a fresh new look.
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