Making a Tutu.

You may already know how, but for people like me (late bloomers) it takes awhile to figure out even the simplest things.
Last year, my friend Kathy figured out how to make tutus in an easy easy way. You can make them all colors, multicolors, short, long, huge and puffy or nice and flat. All you need is
*10 yds.Tulle,
*1 inch elastic to fit the waist,
*and one little seam to close the elastic!
First, measure the elastic around your childs waist. I would make it a little snug because the elastic will stretch.
Sew it together, overlapping about an inch, and sewing multiple times to make it stay. I use a zigzag stitch.
Cut your tulle in strips. I cut mine in 6 inch strips because my flat ruler is 6 inches wide and it makes it REALLY easy.
The length of your strips depends on how short or long you want the skirt. This one of Elle's is really long...more like a princess skirt. I think shorter is better for most uses. Decide how long you want the skirt, and double it...that will be your length. (I used 18 inch length for this one) NOTE: it is kind of hard to trim it after you have made it because it is hard to make it even.
Then, one little tulle strip at a time (or 2), tie them in knots around your elastic. Tie it pretty tight. Your elastic will bend right in half most likely. I tied this one 1 strip then 2 strips at a time, alternating.

To make multiple colors you can just alternate the colors. you can even push the knots up and down if you want one color on top and one on the bottom. Or, tie the colors together if you want a mix.

Now...isnt that a fun thing to know with Halloween around the corner!
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The Martin Family said...

I don't know you and you don't know me, but I somehow stumbled onto your blog. It is darling. I go to your blog a lot for inspiration. How do you find the time to do all of these fun things? Keep posting your great ideas. I love the party ideas and decorating ideas. I have 3 girls. I sew. I try to cook. I want to entertain more. I am all about the presentation too!!!

Lyla Slade said...

I maynot know you but I am happy I stumbled across your blog! I am finding all your ideas very helpful. I have a whole head full of ideas too, yet I never thought about adding them to my blog; another nice call! Thanks for the inspiration!