Make Your Own Tutu

Make Your Own Tutu

I was in the mall shopping with my youngest daughter and her friends. They were looking for tutus.  Of course, we didn’t find any because I’m not quite sure where they are sold.  I think you can probably find them in a costume store.  I guess wearing tutus over leggings is a style for them.  What did I do? Made one.  How cute!

Items Needed:

  • Tulle Fabric (I used about 4.5 yards of material. Will depend on measurements of child.) $1.19 per yard
  • Elastic
  • Ribbon (optional)

Directions:

Make Your Own Tutu

First, measure your child’s waist and then the length that you want the tutu.  I’m making this for a preteen, so, she is somewhat tall.  I want the length of the tutu to be 15 inches long.  So, I will cut the length of each strip 30 inches long and 3 inches wide. (I will fold each strip in half.  That is the reason for doubling of desired length. For example, if you’re making a tutu for a young child and the length will be 10 inches, then cut the strips 20 inches long. )  My strips are 30 inches long and 3 inches wide.

Make Your Own Tutu

Before this step, first sew your elastic strip together on a sewing machine.  Then, place the elastic strip around a wide book or some other type of object.  I am using the back of the chair so that it will be easy for you to see the steps.  I will not keep it on the back of the chair because I don’t want it to stretch out too much.

Make Your Own Tutu

Fold strip in half.  (You may double strips if you want a really thick tutu. Keep in mind that if you do, it will require more material to finish.) Pull fold under elastic.

Make Your Own Tutu

Through opening, pull other end of strip all the way through.

Make Your Own Tutu

Just another shot of strip being pulled through opening.

Make Your Own Tutu

It will form into a knot.

Make Your Own Tutu

Tighten knot.  You want to make sure that it stays securely on elastic.

Make Your Own Tutu

After a little work, it is coming along nicely.

Make Your Own Tutu

I’ve decided to remove from chair and place around a stack of books.

Make Your Own Tutu

This is a pic of the tutu flared.  I will trim to make sure it’s somewhat even.

Make Your Own Tutu

This is a picture of the tutu with a small bow attached.

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Comments

  1. This is totally cute. I have three brand new grand nieces. Thank you for this adorable idea.
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  2. This is so cute–and looks pretty darn easy. I have a few friends with little girls and I think these would make great gifts! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party!
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  3. I have done this and my little ones really love them. They think they are little princesses!! Right now, though, they are out in the dirt! LOL. Thanks for stopping by Let’s Get Real this week. Be sure to come next week!!
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  4. Holy Cow! How supercute and easy!! It’s timely for fall costuming, too! I LOVE this. Think I can make an adult version? LOL

  5. This brings back great memories of my daughter and her ballet classes when she was little. I still think I have one of her tutu’s tucked away from 25 years ago. So Bittersweet, they do grow up so quickly! Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
    Blessings,
    Shari
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    • Hi Shari! Don’t they grow up quickly? My oldest has only one year left in high school. Where does the time go? I can remember when she was in ballet classes…

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