Fluffy Tutu Tutorial
When my daughters were getting ready to turn 1 year old, I scoured the internet trying to find some sort of a cute outfit to have their pictures taken in. After all we had just survived our first year with twins, lol! I finally decided that I wanted tutu’s. After all what is cuter than a toddler in a tutu? Not much except maybe x2!
After looking around I figured that it looked easy enough that I could probably make it. I scoured the internet for tutorials. I didn’t find any that I was really thrilled with or had the look I wanted. So I decided to try my had at combining a few different methods and here what what I came up with.
- Elastic (I used 1/2 inch)
- If you have a rotary cutter you can use that as well if you buy your tulle by the yard
- Either needle and thread, stapler, or sewing machine to finish your elastic
I purchased my tulle from JoAnns, but it really doesn’t matter where you get it from. Your tulle does need to be in 6 inch strips, so you can either purchase it on the roll or if you are the adventurous type and have the supplies on hand you can cut your own with a rotary cutter, and buy your tulle by the yard. I went the rotary path.
I cut strips of tulle 22″ x 6″. Using a rotary cutter and straight ruler made this a breeze.
Next take your elastic (again, I used 1/2″) and I took a rough estimate of the length that I needed and pinned it with a safety pin. I didn’t want to permanently secure it right now. Several methods I read about some were having issues, when they tied their knots, it stretched out the elastic and the tutu no longer fit.
Here is mine on a tea jug:
Now I did 3 layers of tulle. You can do 2 or 3 depending on how full you want it. I took 3 layers of tulle and folded it in half and then thread it behind my elastic and found the middle point.
Here is where a lot of the instructions told me to do something different. I tied the tulle in a single knot
And then again to make a “double knot”
Notice that when I tied my first knot I didn’t make it really tight, it was the second knot that was the tightest. I didn’t want to stretch the elastic out. I pulled the knot up towards the top of the elastic band.
I got 3 more strips of tulle and tied the it the same way, except this time I moved the knot to the middle of the elastic. Again, 3 more stripes of tulle and and tied the knot. This time I moved the knot all the way towards the bottom of the elastic.
The picture really shows it best you can see the left knot start up high, then the middle lower, and the last knot is at the bottom of the elastic. This is what gives the tutu alot of body. Squish the knots as close as you can without stretching the elastic too much.
The next knot you make will start going back up the elastic again, so it will be in the center, and then the following knot will be at the top again.
Here is 5 knots going from high to low and back to high again.
Continue to work around the elastic, the more you squish the tulle together the fluffier it will be and remember not to stretch the elastic too much.
I worked with 3 colors. 2 primary and an accent. You can do what ever pattern you like, but I did it this way. Knot 1: Color 1, Color 2, Color 1. Knot 2: Color 2, Color 1, Color 2. Knot 3: Color 1, Color 2, Color 3. Then started all over again.
Once you get close to the end of your elastic, measure the tutu around your subject and tack the ends together, either by hand sewing it together, machine sewing, or you could even use a stapler, since you are covering over the staples with tulle.
Once the ends are secure, finish out tying your knots around it and your done!
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