Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DIY: Tutu

Finally I've had some time to post! Woo hoo! I'm done with my Transition to Teaching classes for the semester, and we've had tons of snow...which means no school for the past couple of days! I love to have 4 day weekends, but I don't love not being paid... However, I've had lots of time to relax, hang out with my hubby, watch 30 Rock season 1, wrap presents, and be crafty.

Here are the step by steps directions on how to make a tutu. Let me know if you try it out!

Step 1: Pick out your favorite colors.

Step 2: Cut the tulle to the desired length. (Dan bought me this handy little cutting board and rotary cutter which has made the process waaayyy easier than using scissors.) As a rough estimate, I usually use around 100 pieces of tulle per tutu.

Steph 3: Cut elastic to the desired size. (Measure around the child's waist. If the child isn't near you or its for a gift, I usually make a 1 year old's waist band about 16-17").

Step 4: Pick the pattern of colors you'd like, and then evenly place them on the elastic.

Step 5: Tie the tulle on the elastic in a double knot. Every once in awhile push the knots together so you can fit more tulle on the elastic. The more tulle, the fluffier the tutu!
Step 5 1/2: Once I'm about half way done, I sew the two ends of the elastic together with my sewing machine. You can also do it by hand, too!

Step 6: Enjoy your tutu!

You can also add fun ribbon, feathers, flowers, etc. to really make your tutu stand out.
Shameless Plug:
Now, if you like the tutu but think that you don't have the time or patience to make one...don't worry! I sell them!
For babies through 2 year olds, it is $20 plus shipping. This price includes a matching headband.
Children 3-6 it is $25 plus shipping. This price includes either a matching headband or ponytail holder.


  1. Thanks for the tutorial but I'm on crunch time, how do I contact you about buying it from you? Lol. My daughter is four.

  2. Hi! Please stop by my Etsy site under the "Custom 3T-5T"

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thank you for the tutorial!!! Very helpful!