Sewing…something I wish I had learned how to do when I was younger. My grandma sews and quilts. She always told me to learn how to sew. And here I sit, the mother of a girl, wishing I knew how to sew cute pillowcase dresses, add ruffles to her pants, create a Halloween costume….jealous of the seamstresses out there.
I never thought I could make something as simple as a tutu for my daughter, because I don’t know how to sew. Wow…I was so wrong. As I mentioned the other day, blogging has inspired a “crafty” side of me that I didn’t really know was there. Scrapbooking is as far as I went in the “craft” realm. But, I REALLY wanted to make a tutu for Natalie. After I made this one, which was so super easy, I am going to be making more.
*Grosgrain Ribbon-I had them cut it to 2 yards
*50-75 yards total of tulle ( I know that sounds like a lot…but trust me, you’ll use way more than you think you will) I split mine up over Hot Pink, Light Pink, and Lime Green
1. Take a pair of pants that fit your child well and measure the waistband. With this measurement, add 15 inches. This is how long your ribbon needs to be so you can tie a nice bow. Remember, you can always trim the ends….you can’t put the ribbon back on :).
2. With sharp scissors, cut your tulle into 15 inch long strips. They should be about six inches wide. HINT: Hobby Lobby and other craft stores sell tulle on 6 inch spools in their wedding section. If you bought this, you would only have to cut the length, and not worry about the width.
**It might seem like long strips, but you’ll be folding them in half when it’s time to tie around the ribbon. The 15 inch length was perfect for my daughter, who is 2. If you want your tutu to almost touch the floor, you’ll need to cut the strips a little longer. Or, for a taller child, you’ll need to cut them longer.
3. Measure your ribbon around your child’s waist. Where it meets, tie two knots, one on each end. This will keep your tulle from slipping while you’re tying. If you look to the far left side in the above picture, you can see where I tied one of the knots. The other is on the right side, where the tulle begins. I left about 15 inches on each side.
4. For her tutu, I wanted to colors to be very rich and bright. This is where the large amount of tulle comes in. I took about 8 strips of tulle, and stacked them in a pile. I alternated green and pink, or sometimes just all one shade.
5. Lay your ribbon out flat, or tie it around a chair back.
6. Take the tulle you stacked and fold it in half. Now, you’re going to make a slip knot to tie it on the ribbon. Slip the folded part of the tulle under the ribbon. Take the bottom tails of the tulle, and pull it over the ribbon and through the hole. Now, pull the knot tight, but not too tight. Tulle is fragile, and you don’t want to tear it.
7. Continue stacking the tulle, folding it, and knotting it until you’ve reached the other knot on your ribbon.
Voila! You’ll have a tutu in no time. For this project, I bought the cheapest tulle I could find at JoAnn’s. However, when I make her Thanksgiving and/or Christmas ones, I am going to get some of the satin tulle or glittery tulle to spice it up a bit.
I’m sure this isn’t the best tutu tutorial online. Did you know if you “Google” tutus, you get 39,300,000 results?! The combinations of tulle and colors are endless…and it’s so simple to make!