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« 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

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2014 01:12:08 AM »

Thank you so much for your tutorial, the tutu looks great and now it's so much more achievable  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2014 05:03:50 PM »

Great tutorial! I love how you added the ribbon belt loops!

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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2014 09:29:19 AM »

This is lovely! Such clear explanation… Now I know how to tackle this! Cheesy

« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2015 04:21:24 PM »

So cute!!
Can I please request some help how to make a certain blazer?
(I'm new so I don't know where to ask. Please be patient with me!  Smiley )
This is the cute blazer I want to make:


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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2015 09:24:23 AM »

Very clever idea. Thank you for sharing.

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