Friday, July 2, 2010

Quick and Easy Tutu

I've been dying to make my daughter Kailynn(AKA Buggy) a tutu for a long time, and she's finally "walking" around coffee tables and crawling all over the place. It's time for a tutu!
Lately we have been so busy with our new home that I decided to find a quick way to make one with minimal sewing. It was super easy and turned out so cute!
Keep in mind, I did not come up with this idea, there are tutorials everywhere for it and who knows who actually invented it. Anyway,this is my tutorial for you.

Here's what you'll need:
-Tulle *I purchased the rolls of tulle at Joann's for 2/$5
-measuring tape
-peice of cardboard cut to the length you want your tutu to be * I just used a flap from an old cardboard box we had sitting around

So first, wrap both rolls of your tulle around the cardboard length-wise until its all used up.

Then you cut ONE side.

Next Step, Measure your baby girl's waist. Good luck with that. Mine wiggled and crawled desperately to get away. What a horrible mommy I am ;) The length of your elastic should be the circumference of your child's waist plus 1/2 inch.

Sew your elastic together so that the part that overlaps is the 1/2 inch. You'll end up with a circle that is the circumference of baby's waist.

Now to assemble. You'll need a book or any object that you can stretch the elastic over.
Fold a piece of tulle in half so that the ends match up, then tuck the loop of tulle under the elastic, take the ends of the tulle and poke them through the loop and pull tight. If that sounds confusing , here a a couple of pictures.

Push the strands together,but not too tightly. You can do the pattern any way you like. I did 2 Yellow,2 Pink
After a few, you'll start to get something like this.

And here it is all finished!

This tutu is so fun, and you can make it any color you want, a single color or 5 different colors! Your little princess or ballerina is going to love it no matter what, and it wont even take you very long to do!
You could also make a few for gifts. Any little girl would be lucky to receive this one-of-a-kind,fun present.

Buggy wasnt sure about hers at first but then she warmed up to it.

So have fun with it, go crazy! Send me a pic if you make one yourself. I'd love to see :)

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