I have fully embraced that I am HAVING A GIRL in less then 5 weeks. I decided, hey what do all little girls love? Tutu's. Online I went and discovered they are pretty expensive to just buy. Off to Google I went. Turns out making tutu's is seriously one of the easiest things ever. It's a pretty close process to my monster wreath . I used this and this tutorial as reference, but ended up making it my own.
What You'll Need:
Tulle - 6in wideth (I got mine from The Ribbon Retreat, super cheap tulle in all colors and reasonable shipping) $2.95 per roll
Silk Ribbon -$1.99
Sissors - free
Cardboard box, or something to wrap your tulle around - free
First you need to decide how long you want your tutu to be. I knew this was going to be for my newborn, so I figured 6 inches was enough, so you'll want to double that amount, so the final length will be 12 inches.
Start wrapping the tulle around your template. It doesn't have to be tight, or exact.
side note: If you can't find rolls of tulle, you can buy the tulle off the bolt from somewhere like Joann's, just follow my monster wreath instruction on how to cut a bolt of tulle.
Once the entire roll is gone, or however much you want to use, cut both ends
Continue this for the rest of your tulle colors, if you have more then one.
Cut the ribbon, I decided that I was going to make my tutu part 15 inches and then I added 12 inches on either side so I can tie a nice bow around her waist. So I needed a total of 39 inches or so.
Then I tied knots where my 15 inches started and stopped
Here comes to fun part, tying the tulle around the ribbon. The first few are awkward, but once you get in a groove it goes really quick.
For this example, I decided to double up on the tulle, and I combined the pink and white tulle.
a) layer the tulle together
b) create a loop
c) put the looped tulle on the back side of the ribbon
d) put the loose ends through the loop (the ends don't have to match exactly, but try to get it
e) pull tight (doesn't have to be too tight), and adjust so that all of the knots line up
|I have orange nails because when I asked Baby Fox what color I should paint them, he said orange. Who am I to deny him his favorite color|
Once you have a serveral knotted, you can push them together, however you want. If you push them together really tightly then you're going to have a more full tutu, if you lets small spaces between, you're tutu is going to be less full. Because I doubled up on the tulle, mine was pretty full, even leaving slight spacing.
And this is what it looked like finished. You can trim some of the bottom, to make it more even if you want.
Because it's so addicting and you realized that you cut up all the tulle and only needed about 1/4 of that much, make 3 more!
I ended up making the other tutus with just single layers. Along with the pink/white one, I made an all white one, and two grey and pink ones. I did one alternating the grey and pink and then I did another one where I did three grey and 1 pink (I did that mostly because I didn't want to waste any of my tulle and that's what I had, no I didn't count it out, I got lucky that that's how the numbers worked out)
|I did end up trimming some of the tulle after I took the pictures.|
The first tutu (pink/white one) took me about 30 minutes to make, that includes the cutting cardboard, and wrapping all three colors of tulle. Once everything was all set, the rest of them took me only 15-20 minutes to wrap around the ribbon. Obviously it would take longer if your waistband is bigger then 15 inches.
Now go out and make a tutu for your little girl, the girl next store or for your next baby shower, it's addicting, seriously. I think I'm going to make another one for Halloween.