Saturday, May 14, 2011

one of a kind tutu

Tutu's are cute. And expensive. and actually really easy to make for a fraction of the price.

 how did i do it?  First I found a couple of tutorials on line : suburbs mama, feels like home
I kinda mixed how the 2 different blogs said to make it. I started with 4 1 yard sections of tulle in different colors. Black, hot pink, shiny light pink and shiny light purple. and 1 yard of 1/2 inch width of elastic. This is all from Joanns crafts. They didn't have rolls of tulle so I had to have it cut to what i wanted off the bolt. I measure Layla's waist (21") and cut my elastic to 19" (2 inches smaller then her waist) and sewed it into a circle at the ends. Now the problem i had when reading the tutorials was 'how wide do I make the strips?' one of them said 3-6 inches(or something like that). I made my strips approximately 4" wide by 24 inches long. I used 2 different color strips placed on each other at a time. use more or less at once to make it smaller or fuller.

Next, fold in half,
tie in a knot over the elastic,

repeat with the rest of your strips. Mine has a total of 38 knots. I used all 4 yards of tulle on it, rotating black and another color with 2 other colors. I didn't make any specific pattern with the colors.  ribbon and bows and stuff can be added to this but overall I am proud of my homemade tutu :) 
All together this cost about 7$ in supplies ( I probably could have gotten the tulle cheaper) and 3 hours of time,  instead of 30-40$ to buy one.



  1. That's great! I want one. Not really, but it's very cute. If I had a four-year-old I would definitely pay you to make me one. I don't think I would have anywhere I could reasonably wear it myself. Anyways, it's super adorable, and your model is pretty much the cutest! Give her a big kiss for me. :*

  2. Layla plans to have a tea party. she wants me to make one for robbie to wear. I guess he is her only guest for her tea party. I feel left out :(

  3. That turned out so pretty! Love it!
    I would LOVE to have you share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop on by and join the fun!

  4. This is beautiful! Love the colors you choose.. so rich and girly! Looks like your lovey loves it too! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!.. I am your newest follower!

  5. Thanks! I am going to be making a few more this week so I am going to try to make a better tutorial. Its so simple that I am amazed that they actually cost as much as they do. I get to make a fiery one this week :) orange red and yellow yay!

  6. This is so pretty. I had no idea that tutus cost so much (having a son, so I have no clue about the girlie stuff). I bet your daughter is thrilled with it!

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Sunburnt Cow. I featured you over at All Thumbs Crafts.