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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Make a Spring Tutu

Little girls love to dress up, and tutus are so popular right now. Here are some instructions to make your own tutu, very inexpensive, easy to do, and you don't even need
a sewing machine.

Start by gathering 4 to 5 yards of tulle. You can use as few or as many colors as you want.
Cut the tulle into strips that are around 3 inches wide and 24-30 inches long. There are no hard and fast rules. You can make the strips wider if you wish, or longer or shorter. The one I am making today is the width of my tulle--44 inches. It will be floor length on a 3 year old when it's done.

Cut a lot of strips--around 30-50. More strips make a puffier, fuller tutu.

Measure the waist of your child and cut a piece of elastic,
adding a several inches if you are knotting it, or

two inches if you are sewing. The child I measured was 22" around the waist, so I cut
a piece 24" to allow a one inch overlap to sew.

Now find a chair or a stroller to put your piece of elastic around.

Fold your tulle strips in half, leaving a loop at the top and place behind the elastic.

Pull the ends through and pull tight forming a secure knot around the elastic.

Alternate your colors.

Slide the knotted tulle strips close together and continue to fill in around the elastic until completely covered. The more tulle strips you use, the fuller your skirt will be.

If you want, you can add some embellishments. I sewed (or you could glue) a daisy
on the end of a ribbon.

Add the ribbon the same way: fold in half, create a loop and pull ends through.

These tutus are so easy, and cost around $5 to make.

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