March 11, 2011

DIY Tutu Tutorial

Tutus are all the rage for parties, dress up and photography props.

As a former boutique owner, I've made my fair share of tutus. Below you will find a tutorial for a hand knotted tutu that I put together for you. I know there are numerous ways to make tutus, this is the way I make mine. They are pretty easy once you get the hang of it!

What You'll Need
Tulle Ribbon (6x25)
1 inch wide elastic
Needle and Thread
Cutting tool/Ruler

Step 1
Measure out the proper amount of elastic needed. The best way to do this is to measure the waist of the tutu recipient. Do not stretch the elastic.

Step 2
Sew the elastic waist ends together, overlapping the ends about 1/2"-1'

Step 3
Decide how long your want the tutu to be. Double the amount and add 2-3 inches.

For example if you wanted a 8 inch tutu you would measure out 16 inches of tulle and add a couple of inches, for a tulle cut of 18 inches.

Step 4
Cut a pile of tulle for the tutu. For this tutu I used about 3 spools of tulle. It just depends on how fluffy you want the tutu and the size of the waist.

Step 5
You will now tie on the tulle to the elastic waist. I use two pieces of tulle at a time. Place the tulle pieces under the elastic.

Tie one simple knot and pull the tulle ends in the direction of the waist band.

Make a second simple knot, pulling the ends as shown in the opposite direction of the waist band.

Push/pull the knot and tulle downwards. The knot should be a schmincy (not a technical term...haha) bit loose, if it's too tight the elastic will not stretch. I do not recommend the "slip knot" method of tying the tulle, it could potentially come loose and fall off.

Step 6
Continue using two pieces of tulle and knot the tulle all the way around the elastic. You can then go in and tie one piece of tulle in between where there are gaps. Remember the tutu can be as fluffy as you want, the more fluff, the more tulle.

Step 7
If desired, add ribbon or embellishments to accent the tutu.

I hope you find this tutorial useful, please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to post a link if you create a tutu using the tutorial.


Where to get supplies...

You can find elastic at any craft or fabric store.

I have purchased tulle at:

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