DIY Project: Tutus!

My friend’s daughter was turning one and I had a couple of friends who were expecting little girls early this year. I wanted to send them something special. Something you can’t just buy in a store. I remembered seeing some adorable photo shoots of little girls and babies in tutus. I also remembered how much I loved playing dress up and dancing around the house when I was little. Next thing I know, I was researching the internet on how to make my own tutus. Not many people know this about me, but I am a crafter at heart. I really enjoy making crafts and doing fun creative projects. When we moved from DC to Los Angeles, James was not too thrilled about my craft boxes taking the trip with us. Needless to say my boxes made it safe and I was happy to break them out for this nifty little tutu project.

The tutus were really easy to make and for those of you who are interested below are my pics of the tutu creation and directions on how I did it. I was really happy with the results. I’ll have to wait and get pics of the girls themselves in them at some point- I hope they have oodles of fun dancing around and playing in them. They sure were fun to make!

Items Needed:

  • Tulle – I bought mine in rolls for a steal of a price here. I also chose to use alternating colors.
  • Elastic
  • Yarn
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Measuring table or tape
  • Ribbon
  • Flower clips

Step by Step Guide: (See pics below for reference)

  1. First take your elastic (I chose a wider band because I thought it would look better with the knots), measure it, and cut it to the desired length for the waist band. Fold the elastic in half and sew a straight line across the cut ends to to make the waist band.
  2. Take the tulle and cut individual strips. (Keep in mind your be folding the strip in half so whatever length you want the tutu skirt to fall at double it when cutting. I think I cut mine around 24 inches. to make the tutu skirt fall at 12 inches.) My tulle was only about 5 inches in width. You can use wider tulle if desired- FYI the width of the tulle strips adds to the fullness of the tutu.
  3. After you cut the strip fold it in half and place it under the band of elastic as pictured below. Pull the middle of the tulle strip slightly above the elastic and fold down. Then pull the ends of the tulle strip through the loop you created and it forms a loose slip knot. Then pull down firmly but not too tight so you can move the pieces around later if needed.
  4. Continue to do this knotting with the tulle strips around the whole skirt. I alternated my tulle colors for a pink/white pattern. You may need to squish the sections together and move them around a bit to ensure the elastic is completely covered and that knots are securely in place.
  5. Once you are happy with the tulle skirt, then take some ribbon and tie a bow from the elastic. I used thin ribbon and doubled it for a pink/white bow. Then take a your clip flower and place in the middle of the bow.
  6. Voila! Your tutu is complete :-)

Here are the full tutus with the final touches on them. I made 3 two with white flowers and one with pink. I chose to use clip flowers so they could be detached for cleaning or just taken off completely if desired for a different look. 

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