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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Grownup Ballerina Costume w/ homemade tutu on: October 30, 2009 12:41:52 PM
I have been craftster-ing for a while but never post things myself, but I am just so proud of my costume this year!  I hope this is the right place to put it


I made a tutu to be a ballerina.  I looked all over craftster and the internet for instructions on making a tutu and I had a really hard time finding them.... Everything I found in my searches pertained to making a "no-sew" tutu but I really wanted it to be a single layer of tulle all around.

Using some help from the instruction in this youtube video, I set out to do this myself.

Here's what to do.  This is my first tutorial, and it was much more difficult than I expected.  But it IS a tututorial (get it? tutu-tutorial?!)

1. Buy Tulle.  I got 4 yards of a fuscia and 2 yds of light pink.  4 yards is just about 4 times my waist measurement because I wanted it to be nice and poofy.  You should buy a length of tulle that is about 4 times your waist size.

2. Cut the tulle.  I opened it up lengthwise, and then folded it up to make it much easier to cut through all of the layers.  I measured the layers to be 12" long each.  When finished, I had 8 pieces of tulle, so that would be 8 layers of my tutu.


3. Sew along the long edge of each piece of tulle.  I did this by hand, but you could do it with a machine.  Keep the ends of the thread long to make it easier to gather!  I gathered ALL of my layers first and pinned them to a scrap piece of fabric to hold them in place.



4.  After that's done, it's time to start sewing.  Cut a long piece of fabric, about 4" x 40" for the waistband.  (Well the length should be your actual waist size plus a couple of inches extra.)  Gather the tulle to the size of your waist.  Then, pin your tulle so that the gathered edge is in the center of the fabric strip.  The next layer will also be pinned with the gathers in the center of the fabric, but it should be facing the opposite direction (see pictures).  By the way this piece of fabric should be RIGHT SIDE UP.




5. Start sewing!! I'd recommend you sew one layer at a time.  You will continue adding the next layers ON TOP of the existing layers that you've sewn.  You either want to sew exactly on top of the previous stitches, or slightly more towards the center of the waistband strip.


6. Don't get discouraged!  You will have quite the mess of tulle


7.  I don't have pics for the next couple of steps, but what you are going to do is fold over your tulle so that all the seams are hidden in the middle.  Match up the edges of the waistband fabric strip (the long way) and just sew it together.  This is actually going to create a casing for your elastic band inside.  Don't worry about the ugly seam because we will cover that up in the next step.

8. Get some extra wide double fold quilt binding in a coordinating color.  This was the day before I needed the tutu so I used brown, but it looks fine to me!  Fold the bias tape over the ugly seam that is currently exposed, pin, and sew!  Sew close enough to the edge to catch all of the fabric beneath it while leaving the casing for your elastic.


9.  Now, get your ribbon or elastic band or whatever you are using to tie up your tutu.  Pin a safety-pin on the end and stick it through the casing that you've closed up nicely in step 8.  Work the safety pin/ribbon like a worm through the casing until it comes out the other end.  Now is a good time to finish the yucky ends of that casing.  You should be able to fold the casing onto itself and just sew it shut!  Make sure the length is correct before you enclose that ribbon.


10.  That's it!  Don't get frustrated throughout the project... the tulle seems fragile but just go slow when sewing if you need to!  You can use that extra long ribbon to tie your tutu on in the back!  If you left the length of tulle a little longer than your waist and then enclosed an elastic band, you should be able to get it to cover the rest of your bum!

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