Tutus are great for so many occasions!
I made this one in particular for a newborn baby girl.
I wanted something small and poofy for her baby pictures.
There are so many different ways to make a tutu,
and generally which way you choose can depend on it’s use.
I tried a lot of different ways and found this way to be the best
for a really full tutu and a good mix of colors.
Ready? Here we go!
Tulle – One spool each of whatever colors you need. If you are doing one color, do two spools.
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Elastic – 1/2″ or larger. It really doesn’t matter.
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Needle and Thread
First, measure, cut, and sew your elastic.
If you have the baby/child there with you, measure the baby/child. I cut 16 inches and then sewed the waist to be about 14 1/2 inches for a newborn. Add about an inch for each size up.
You can sew the elastic by hand or machine. If you use a sewing machine, use a zig zag stitch to secure the elastic.
Next, find something to hold the elastic while you tie on the tulle.
I used a hanger, but you can use anything such as your thigh, a cylinder, just make sure not to stretch the elastic too much.
Now it is time to cut!
For this newborn tutu, I used three different colors of tulle.
I used a little over half of each spool.
I cut each strip at 16″. After tying, this gives the tutu a length of about 6 1/2-7″ long.
If you want a different length, take the length you want (ex. 9″) and double (ex. 18″). Then add two inches (ex. 20″). So for example, if you want a tutu at 9″ in length, then you need to cut each strip to be 20″ long.
Now for tying!
This technique is a little different than most of the tutorials you will find.
Take one of each of your colors and put them together. Then you will tie a knot around the elastic. Don’t tie it too tight. Make sure you can still move the tulle easily (but not too easily! :)) Then you will tie a knot again in the other direction. Having each tie go a different direction allows for more fluff in the tutu. You can make sure each tie is going in the same direction if that is a look you prefer.
Keep tying knots until you reach the end.
I did stop a little bit before the end and take my elastic off the hanger and move the tulle around. I ended up adding a little bit more, but I wanted to make sure the knots were spread out equally.
After I was finished tying the tulle, I placed the tutu under something heavy. I did this to give the tutu a more unified look with the tulle pointing mostly out and not straight up or down.
I left my tutu under a box for about an hour and it came out great!
If your ends are uneven, you can cut to even them out, or make some shorter for a different look.
You can be done at this point…
You can add lots of embellishments to a tutu.
Now this is where the ribbon is optional.
If you want to add embellishments of bows or flowers, you can sew it right into the elastic OR you can do what I did.
I sewed a small piece of ribbon (Light Pink Solid Grosgrain in 3/8″) around the elastic. I did this by hand. You want to be sure to leave enough room to slip in a clip easily.
Now for the bow!
I used Baby Pink/Pink Pink Passion Dots in 7/8″ and Rose Pink Double Faced Satin in 7/8″ to make a cute bow. The technique for this bow is the same as the Little Bow Technique (the second one in the tutorial). I layered the two ribbons together to make this soft look.
Just slip the bow onto the tutu and you are all finished!
You can also embellish the tutu by adding ribbon onto the elastic, tying knots at the end of some of the tulle, putting bows all the way along the elastic. The possibilities are endless! It is really fun to see what people come up with.
I will be putting up more tutorials using different techniques.
But first! You have to see the other bows and flowers I put together for this tutu. More on that coming soon!