Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DIY No-Sew Tutu Tutorial

Are you looking for an easy, inexpensive and fun costume idea for Halloween or any special celebration? With a few supplies found at any craft or fabric store and a half hour or so, you can make a tutu without a sewing machine.

My twins want pink tutus for a special idea that they have for Halloween but we couldn't find one that we liked in stores. Many of the tutus in the costume stores are way too short for my taste. The girls also didn't want bright pink that seemed to be everyone and actually wanted more of a mauve color, so we decided to make a tutu. The different colors of tulle available in the fabric store were beautiful.

Alexia made a tutu that was prettier, fluffier, and longer than anything we had seen in stores. As far as the cost is concerned, it was much more cost effective to make a tutu than buy one, particularly considering the quality of this tutu. The tulle at Joann Fabric was $1.19 a yard and was on sale for 50% off. So we only spent about $9 on fabric. We already had ribbon at home and didn't need to purchase any other the other supplies.

When my girls were much younger, I bought them an incredibly fluffy and luxurious tutu on RueLaLa and remember paying about $40 for it. This tutu is just as spectacular and was easy to make.

Here's what you'll need to make a tutu:
12-15 yards of tulle (buy it on the bolt of fabric as opposed to the rolls of tulle)
Tape Measure
Rotary cutter and mat (you could also use scissors, but a rotary cutter makes a faster, easier cut)
Ribbon to fit around the waist
Fray check

Fold the fabric lengthwise and cut into sections. I cut sections of about 6 inches in length using the rotary cutter.

Now it's time to tie the strips of tulle onto the ribbon. Measure a piece of ribbon around the waist, leaving plenty of room to make a bow at the waist. Put fray check on the ends of the ribbon.

Alexia devised a fabulous way to tie the tulle to the ribbon. She tied one end of the ribbon to the door and the other end to a chair and then went to work! Fold the tulle strip in half and loop around the ribbon, pulling the two ends through the middle.

Push the strips of tulle together so that the ribbon does not show.

About 30 minutes later, here's the end result! Alexia simply tied the ribbon waist tutu in the back and she was ready to go. I'm eager to see the rest of the DIY costume that the girls are creating and will share the final results with you later this month.

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