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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Tutu Tutorial for every day costuming (picture heavy) on: February 09, 2014 09:13:18 PM

I am making this tutorial because of the responses and questions I received about the baby sets I've made. To start this off let me say there are a few different methods when making tutus and many variations. This tutorial is a NO SEW/TIE method using elastic (instead of ribbon).

There are a few things you will want to figure out before cutting:
-Hip measurement (or where you want tutu to lay)
-the desired length of the tutu (keep in mind that it will poof up)
-desired puffy-ness
-elastic or ribbon for waist band
-the material (standard tulle is least expensive but very static-y, there's mesh which lays flatter, organza is sleek but requires hemming or pinking shears, there is netted tulle which adds greater poof but has a different appearance) for the sake of beginners I have just used tulle and organza

Materials needed:

-measuring tape
-6-8 yards of Tulle (or chosen fabric)
   ~the more yardage, the greater the poof
-3/4" elastic (or 1-2" ribbon color of choice)
-1/4" ribbon
-scissors and/or pinking shears aka. zig zag scissors
-a needle and thread (color match to elastic)
-straight edge
-cutting board (recommended)

On to the tuturial!

Step 1: Remove all animals from work area! No matter how cute they are

Step 2: Lay out cutting board and lay tulle still folded lengthwise (like it comes off the bolt). Cut into 1 yard (36") sections, use straight edge to make even straight cuts. You will end up with 6-8 sections depending on amount of tulle started with.
-Note: I started with 4 yards of red tulle, 2 yards of white tulle, and 2 yards of sequined black organza. The end result was 4 sections of red, 2 white sections, and 2 black sections.
-Note 2: to avoid having to hem organza, cut with pinking shears

Step 3: take one section at a time. Fold down in half lengthwise, then down once more in half so it will be a quarter of the original height.

Step 4: You will be cutting each folded section into 6 inch strips. Use straight edge for both making a straight line and holding the fabric from shifting noticeably while cutting. The result will be 6 strips per section. Repeat this with all sections, you should end up with 48 strips.

Step 5: To cut strips to desired length you must know the width on the bolt (the start of mine was 52") so folded in half (how we first cut) it was at 26". if you cut along the original fold your skirt will end up about 12" when tied. to achieve a shorter skirt (around 6") you will cut the entire length of 52" into quarters.

Step 6: once again remove the animals from the work area,be cautious as they bring back up...

Step 7:Take your hip measurement and subtract 2". Then cut your 3/4" elastic to that measurement.
-Note: the best elastic for this project is a "no roll" elastic and has little ribs through out it.

Step 8: Overlap the ends of the elastic 1 inch on each end (double check that the elastic isn't rolled over in the middle). Use your needle and thread (obviously) to stitch together. I found using a zig zag stitch is most effective when sewn vertically.
-Note: you can use sewing machine if wanted I prefer the control of hand sewing though Smiley

Step 9:OPTIONAL only do if you want to have a removable waist ribbon!
-use 1/4" ribbon to create little belt loops around the elastic, be careful not to sew through both sides of elastic closing the ribbon loop. I made 8 loops but it is totally up to you the crafter to decide.

Step 10: I find the first few strips are easiest to put on the elastic if I put the band around both legs to hold it tight. You should tie it how it appears in the pictures below.

Continuing step 10: You can organize them or randomize them as you please, but once the first few pieces are on it was easier to move the tutu to a dress form (if possible) to lay them out and visualize the overall fullness of the skirt. Just keep adding on until you feel the skirt is full enough. If you added the ribbon belt loops you can put your 1-2" ribbon through for added affect. CUE THE PICTURES....

NOW GO PLAY IN YOUR FLUFFY TUTU!!! thank you for viewing this super long tutorial
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sugar Skull Cameos on: August 20, 2013 01:47:26 PM
hilarious!!! i just bought materials this past week to make some of these. great minds.... anyway, i've never used citadel paints but if they're anything like enamel paints i think they'll work brilliantly
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Painted Nebula Tee on: August 07, 2013 10:53:28 PM
this is great, is that just acrylic or fabric paint?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Alice`s dress hoopla on: July 10, 2013 08:53:48 PM
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long on: July 01, 2013 09:47:30 PM
Are we allowed to just "join" this?? or would I have had to been doing this in the previous months?
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Eden - The Flying Fox Dreamweaver [Sculpture] on: June 01, 2013 10:19:24 PM
this is so cute  Cheesy
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Invader Zim Polymer Clay Bracelet on: April 18, 2013 09:01:27 PM
thank you Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Invader Zim Polymer Clay Bracelet on: April 18, 2013 10:26:46 AM
This bracelet was commissioned as a christmas present in 2012 (forgot to post it sooner). Made with Sculpey colored clay, mixed clays to get the right tones for the Gir faces and piggy. The beads between the faces are coiled together to get the stripes. enjoy Smiley comments and critiques welcome. AMYoung
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Elephant Incense Burner on: April 18, 2013 09:08:10 AM
Thank you everyone! i'm really excited that my first "large scale" poly experiment turned out this well, colored sculpey is still new to me. Especially cane work.
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Alice in Wonderland(s) Mugs on: April 18, 2013 08:55:01 AM
They turned out great! I love the cups that you used, so fitting!

 Thank you Smiley these are the most successful cups I've thrown this year. I'm not the best at throwing so i'm excited they worked so well for the theme
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