I have been wanting to get Bella a tutu for a while now. Yes, I will probably buy her one that’s super awesome, but first I wanted to try and make one for her by myself.
So I went to Michael’s,(the only craft store around here) and stocked up on tulle, elastic, and ribbon.
To make this tutu I bought:
– 3 rolls of tulle. 6in x 25 yards.
-2 rolls of ribbon. One roll was 1/8″ (3mm) thick, and the other was1/4″ (7mm) thick. To be totally honest I picked up the thinnest ribbon that matched the tulle color that was cheap. It was 50 cents.
First I cut the tulle the length I wanted it. since Bella is only 7 months old I didn’t need the tutu to be too long so I cut my tulle to be 20 inches long.
I found something around my house that measured about that length, (in my case it was a picture frame, you can use a top to a storage box. ) and wrapped the tulle around it until I had used all the tulle up.
Then I cut one side off the frame leaving me with one long length.
I folded the tulle to make it even and cut it in half at the fold.
There I had a stack on tulle all the same length that I wanted. 20 inches.
Next I measured Bellas waist and cut the elastic to fit. Which was 15 inches.
I sewed it together. (I don’t have a sewing machine so I did it by hand.)
Now I needed something that was round to put the elastic around so I could make the tutu on it. My huge box of oatmeal worked fine. Maybe you could use an industrial can of beans or maybe a big can of coffee. Hey, people have big cans of beans sitting around don’t they?
Next we thread the tulle through the elastic and make sure it’s even. Knot it. Not too tight at first so you don’t stretch the elastic. The second knot can be tighter. So a two knot total. That’s a lot of knot words!
You can make a one colored tutu or multi colored. I chose to make a two colored one. I tied four pieces of tulle in pink and then four in purple until the elastic was full. I ended up only cutting up 2 of the rolls of tulle and still had enough left over for maybe one more.
To add ribbon embellishments I just cut the ribbon the same size (20in). I ties pink ribbon in the middle of the purple tulle and purple ribbon in the middle of the pink tulle.
If you want you can go around and cover the elastic with some tulle. Just measure out a piece of tulle to about 80in. Tie it onto the elastic and knot it to the length of the other tulle. Take the longer piece and wrap it around the elastic in between each knot around the entire tutu until you get back to were you started. Knot it off and cut it to match the length of the tutu.
There you have it! A beautiful and inexpensive tutu for your little princess!