I am fortunate every day that I have been blessed with a little girl. Between super cute outfits and bows, there are tutus. Tutus are super cute and super easy to make. I hope you find this tutorial helpful!
You will need:
- Elastic (5/8 in)
- Measuring tape
- 6 -in Spool of 20 yards of tulle
- Needle and thread
- Glue gun with glue sticks
Measure her waist. Measure her from waist to knee as well. You will take that measurement and minus 2-3 inches from that, because the elastic will stretch causing the tutu to be too big around the waist.
This definitely does not require expert sewing skills, because I sure don’t have any. A simple sew of the elastic band will ensure that the tutu will not come apart. If you want to skip this step and glue the elastic together with a glue gun, that’s an option as well.
Now it’s time to cut your tulle, which may seem dreadful but with this super easy technique, is the easiest part. The length of my daughter’s tutu is 7 in, therefore I cut a piece if cardboard from an old diaper box, 7 in long. I tape the first end of the tulle to the cardboard and wrapped the whole roll of tulle around the cardbord.
Once you have had enough tulle, cut it, as straight as possible. Don’t worry too much about it though because you can always clean it up at the end. Each piece of tulle should be double the size you need, in my case each piece of tulle is 14 in each.
Note: If you use two different color tulle, you only have to use half the spool or for three colors, only use 1/3 of the spool. Go ahead and get creative!
Now we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty part! Take two strips of tulle, or if you would like a fuller skirt, use three and put them together. Make a loop right under the elastic. Pull the top of the loop downwards over the front of the elastic and pull the bottom part through.
This may seem confusing, but I hope the picture (below) helps. Tighten the knot, or keep it loose, it’s totally up to you.
Your skirt should look like this. Now you can be done OR you can do one more easy step and add ribbon.
By using double side satin ribbon, you don’t have to worry too much about the ribbon looking tacky, it is super easy to use and it is delicate on your little girl’s skin. Roll the ribbon as seen on the picture below. Wrap the ribbon through each two knots of tulle. Once you get to the end, make a pretty bow. I like to use a glue gun to glue the bow and ribbon to the tutu skirt, to make sure it stays in place while my daughter runs around in it.
That’s it! If you read this tutorial before you attempt to make the skirt and are intimidated by the five steps, please don’t. It really is easier than it looks.
Mariyah seems to enjoy her tutu! Work it, momma!