There are bunches of tutu tutorials on the web, (I know, I looked at many of them) but I thought I'd share some tips and shortcuts that I learned along the way. If you haven't already guessed by my previous posts, I'm all about finding a faster and less complicated way to do EVERYTHING. I'm short on time and often short on patience. My first tutu was a flop even though I followed the directions. It took a lot of time, I was using more tulle than what was recommended (meaning my inexpensive Christmas gifts were becoming quite expensive), it was ugly and I had less than a month to make eleven tutus. Before giving up, I took my first tutu apart and tried again....and I found some tricks to help me accomplish my goal!
THE SUPPLY LIST:
The waist can be made from ribbon (something wide ~ I used ribbon with a 4 in width) OR elastic (this will need to be sewn ~ I did mine by hand) OR elastic headbands. I loved the ribbon because I left long tails to be tied around the waist (making it adjustable) and it was SO PRETTY! But the easiest to work with was the elastic headbands.
TULLE: can either be purchased by the yard from a bolt at the fabric store or purchased in "spools"
Good scissors are a plus. A tape measure is handy but this project can be "eye balled". :)
|Ribbon (both for waist and for adding bows to the elastic-made tutus) and spools of tulle (6in width/25 yds)|
|Cutting mat and rotary cutter made cutting my big pieces of tulle much easier.|
|Cutting my yard of tulle...found that 2-3 in strips were too narrow. 5-6 in works better.|