Thank you for your comment and for sharing! This is because you will be folding the strips of tulle in half later.
How to Make a Tutu: Preparing Materials
The rule of thumb is that however long you want your final tutu to be the tulle strips need to be just over double that length, because the tulle will be folded in half and knotted. So if you want to make a small tutu for a baby then use shorter strips of tulle. For a newborn to six month old, a tutu length of about 6 to 7 inches looks good, so you'd need tulle strips that are inches long.
Equally if you want a longer tutu skirt you'll need longer strips. Tutus make great homemade gifts for kids and for an older toddler you might want to make the tutu about 12 inches long, so you'd need tulle strips about 24 inches long. To start, I cut my length of tulle in half and then in half again, resulting in 4 pieces that were 50 cm 20 inches by cm 55 inches across. I rolled the tulle up lengthwise into a cm 55 inch long sausage use a large flat surface and books to keep the tulle together as it does like to uncurl.
You'll end up with strips that are 7. Because we doubled the tulle in the beginning, each cut will result in two strips. You'll notice tulle fabric is more stretchy in one direction than the other. If you want your tulle strips to all sit evenly then you need to cut the strips along the direction of the tulle that is less stretchy. If not your tutu strips might appear curly, and the strips won't sit as evenly resulting in uneven puffiness of the skirt.
My friend's daughter's waist is 50 cm 20 inches so I wanted to make a tutu that would fit her now and into the future. I chose to cut 43 cm 17 inches of elastic. In hindsight I could have used 40 cm 16 inches and I think it would have been perfect, but I guess she'll fit it for longer.
Once you've chosen the length you want cut a few inches less than their waist size , sew the elastic ends together to form a loop of elastic.
Now you need to knot all the pieces of tulle onto the elastic waistband. It is easy if you stretch the elastic loop around a large book to hold it in place. Next take your strips of tulle I kept mine layered so that I was knotting on two pieces at a time , and fold at the center point. Put this center loop under the top of the elastic and then pull the ends of the tulle over the elastic and through the loop so that the tulle knots onto the elastic. Repeat over and over again until you've tied all your tulle strips onto the elastic.
I found that you need to pull the knots firmly but not too tight otherwise the elastic will stretch a lot and your waistband will be larger than you want it to be. Once all the tulle is knotted in place you will have a lovely full looking tutu like this. If you'd like to add a bow to your tutu cut a long length of ribbon. I forgot to measure it exactly, but I experimented first so I knew how much I needed before I trimmed the ribbon down. I imagine I used no more than four times the length of the tutu, so I probably used a bit less then 1 m 40 inches.
Loop the midpoint of the ribbon onto the elastic just like you did with the tulle. Now that it is in place, tie a bow and trim the ends of the ribbon so that they sit just above the length of the tulle. You can slightly melt the end of your ribbon or use a special spray to prevent the ends from fraying. And here is the finished tutu - isn't it adorable! Avoid using ribbon with wire inside it, as it can poke your child. Consider making shoulder straps instead. To make some shoulder straps, put the dress on the child first.
Take a length of ribbon and loop it around the elastic at the front, just as you did with the tulle. Instead of pulling the ribbon downward, pull it upward instead.
Bring both strands of ribbon over the child's shoulder, and tie it to the elastic on the other side. For a standard look, use a ribbon that is satin on both sides.
For a more delicate look, use a sheer ribbon instead. For a fancier dress, use an embroidered ribbon. Consider using pieces of tulle for the shoulder straps instead.
This is perfect for a princess dress. Avoid using wired ribbon. The sharp ends can poke your child. Cut some ribbon for the waistband. Take a piece of ribbon that is at least 1 inch 2. The length of the ribbon depends on how big you want the bow to be when you tie it. It should be at least twice the circumference of your child's waist. Attach the ribbon to the waistband. Find the middle of the ribbon and glue it to the center of the waistband.
The patch of glue should be no more than 2 inches 5. Wrap the ribbon around the dress and tie it in a bow in the back. You can leave the ends long, or cut them short. Add a flower or brooch to the top of the dress. You can embellish the top of the dress by attaching flowers or brooches to where the straps join the elastic.
Here are some ideas: If you made a halter top dress, glue a silk flower or brooch onto the ribbon loop, right where it meets the elastic. If you made a dress with shoulder straps, glue silk flowers or bows onto the front of each strap. Embellish the shoulder straps. You can glue little silk roses onto the shoulder strap ribbon.
Put a drop of glue onto the back of a silk rose and press it against the ribbon. Glue another flower 1 inch 2. Keep doing this until you have created a line of silk roses down the center of the ribbon. Decorate the bodice of the dress.
The bodice of the dress is the space between the waistband and the top of the dress. You can attach silk or ribbon flowers to the pieces of tulle using fabric glue or hot glue. You can also attach rhinestones, gemstones, and even craft butterflies! Add some flowers to the waistband. You can transform a tutu dress into a fairy dress by gluing silk or ribbon flowers along the waistband.
Do not take the dress off the dress form just yet. Place a drop of fabric glue or hot glue onto the back of a silk or ribbon flower, and press it against the waistband. Hold the flower in place for a few seconds before adding another flower. You can also use silk leaves as well. Embellish the waistband with glitter. If you used a plain ribbon for the waistband, you can draw swirls and squiggles on it using glittery or pearlescent puff paint.
Make a dress fit for a princess with rhinestones. Purchase some rhinestones and glue them to the waistband of the dress using fabric glue or hot glue. You can also outline each rhinestone with glittery puff paint for extra sparkle. Decorate the skirt of the dress. Glue some silk or ribbon flowers to several strands of tulle on the skirt of the dress.
You can also glue craft butterflies and appliqués. Add a ruffle effect. To make the tutu dress look ruffled, take a contrasting color of tulle and cut it into 5-inch This will leave you with 5 by 6 inch Take a rectangle it turn it horizontally, so that the short ends are facing left and right, and the long ends are facing the floor an ceiling. Hold it against one of the strips of tulle from the dress.
Create a petal effect. You can make the dress look like it is made from flower petals by knotting the bottom end of each strand of tulle. Try to get the knot as close to the end as possible, and tie it tightly. Use a pair of scissors to snip any extra tulle off, and try to cut as close to the bottom of the knot as possible.
Make a tattered skirt. You can cut the strips of tulle that make up the skirt of the dress into different lengths, creating a tattered effect. This is perfect for a little pirate or witch! Add a cone hat. If this dress is for a princess, you could make a cone hat to go with it. Simply roll a piece of poster board into a cone shape, and tape it shut. Decorate the cone hat with tulle, rhinestones, and glitter. Consider making a fairy or princess wand. Take a inch Secure the ends of the ribbon to the dowel with some glue.
Use hot glue or super glue to attach a rhinestone, bead, or button to the bottom of the wand. Cut several long pieces of ribbon and tie them to the top of the wand. Bend a pipe cleaner into a star or heart shape, and glue it to the top of the wand. You can also paint a heart or start-shaped piece of wood a pretty color, and glue it to the to of the wand instead of using a pipe cleaner.
You can also use other items to top the wand, such as Christmas ornaments, silk flowers, and plastic figurines. I'm 17, and in my opinion it's not a bad gift, but it will probably just sit in her closet. If you want to give her something she'll use, go for electronics or a gift card.
Not Helpful 1 Helpful 5. My son wanted a tutu like this. So we followed all instructions exactly. The boys in his class ended up making fun of him for it. What do we do now? Talk to your son's teacher and principal to make sure that the bullies are punished.
Let your son know that it's ok to wear feminine things even if others don't like it. Could I just sew ribbon onto the elastic for straps before I add the tulle?
Yes, but be sure you've measured how it will stretch when worn to be sure the straps are correctly spaced. Not Helpful 1 Helpful 1. Most year-olds probably wouldn't be interested in tutus, so I would choose another gift. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0. Could I make a tutu dress by using just some ribbon, glue, and tulle? You'll need two pieces of identical length ribbon and, depending on fluffiness preference, cut between 20 to 40 lengths of tulle double the desired length plus three inches.
Fold one piece of ribbon in half to create a long strip and glue seams. Double a piece of tulle and knot around ribbon. Continue along the folded ribbon with the rest of your tulle, with one piece set aside for shoulder straps until it is as fluffy as you want it and make sure tulle is spaced out evenly.
Fold other ribbon in half and glue in place over tulle knots on first ribbon to create a smooth band. Tie ends of ribbon to close with a pretty bow in back. Not Helpful 2 Helpful 0. I have started this dress. I got the material on the top elastic, but am confused as to what to do with the second elastic? Am I supposed to use separate material? How do I attach the waist? Answer this question Flag as What can I do if I don't have access to ribbon? Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube. Quick Summary Before making your tutu dress, take the measurements of the person who will be wearing it. Did this summary help you? Tips Tulle with glitter embedded in it may shed a lot. Consider working outside, or keeping a vacuum nearby. Use caution when working with a hot glue gun.
Some hot glue guns may get very hot and cause blisters if you touch the point or the glue. Consider using a low-temp glue gun instead. It may still hurt if you accidentally touch the point, but it will be less likely to cause blisters.
Consider buying tulle in different colors, and alternating the colors. You can purchase tulle by the yard, but you will need to cut it down the the length first, and then cut it into strips.
Tutu’s are so versatile. They can dress up an outfit, make a perfect prob for a picture, or add a bit of flair to a halloween costume. And seeing as how it can be worn to church or Halloween, it might just be the most flexible piece a little girl owns, haha! There are millions . How to Make a Tutu: Knotting the tulle in place Now you need to knot all the pieces of tulle onto the elastic waistband. It is easy if you stretch the elastic loop around a large book to hold it in place. Next take your strips of tulle (I kept mine layered so that I was knotting on . Find this Pin and more on TUTU DRESS HOW TO MAKE by Fran Sparrow. what a neat idea - a tutu made with fabric scraps! i'm thinking christmas gifts for miss V with all the fabric scraps i have. what fun! DIY No-Sew Fabric Scrap litastmaterlo.gq niece Caitlin needs to make these for her sis and cuz! Fabric scrap tutu, try it in coordinating colors.