So, you have a little Princess that needs a tutu. Whether you have birthday pictures, a princess party, or just for fun, your little Princess is sure to be a show stopper. All you need is a few supplies and time. Today, we will show you how to make a knot style tutu.
Where do we start? First you will need to gather your supplies. You can get most of your items at Joann’s or Hobby Lobby. I prefer Hobby Lobby for my items, since they tend to have a larger selection of tulle (i.e. sheer material used as the skirt of the tutu). If you sign up for Hobby Lobby’s email list, you can receive coupons for your supplies, which helps the costs. All you have to do is print the coupon and take it to the store or better yet you can just wait till your in the store and pull up the coupon code form your phone by going to hobbylobby.com. Click on the in store specials link, and then click coupon. Give the code when checking out and your on your way.
So, what items do you need for the tutu? Here are the supplies.
Tulle – One spool each of whatever colors you need. If you are doing one color, do two spools. I personally like to use 3 colors.
Elastic – 1/2″ or larger. It really doesn’t matter.
Needle and Thread
Next, after you have obtained your supplies, you are ready to go.
Step 1- Measure, cut, and sew your elastic. If you have the baby/child there with you, measure the baby/child. I personally cut 16 ” and then sewed the waist to be about 14 1/2 ” for a newborn. Add about an inch for each size up.You can sew the elastic by hand or machine. If you use a sewing machine, use a zig zag stitch to secure the elastic.
Step 2- You need to find something to hold the elastic while you tie on the tulle. I used a hanger, but you can use anything such as your thigh, a cylinder, just make sure not to stretch the elastic too much. This will cause the tutu to become too big in the waist.
Step 3- Now it is time to cut! Choose your colors. I LOVE to use colors that go with the current holiday. For example, I would use orange, black, and white for Halloween. I used a little over half a spool for each color. Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics carry a wonderful selection of tulle for a great price! Each spool comes with 25 yards and is approximately 6″ wide for $2.95. You can get one spool less if you use a coupon.
Here’s a quick and easy way to cut your tulle:
I cut each strip at 16″. After tying, this gives the tutu a length of about 6 1/2″ – 7″ long. Of course, you can do longer or shorter. Just remember, the shorter the tulle is, the fuller/fluffier the tutu will be. If you want a different length, take the length you want (ex. 9″) and double it (ex. 18″) since it will be folded in half. Then add two inches (ex. 20″). So for example, if you want a tutu at 9″ in length, then you need to cut each strip to be 20″ long. You can make it however long or short you prefer. Remember to cut the cardboard about twice the length you’d like your finished tutu to be. I like to label my cardboard pieces too.
Once you’ve finished wrapping . You will usually wrap the entire roll so you don’t waste tulle, secure both ends with the rubber bands. Carefully and slowly, cut the ends of the tulle using the edge of the cardboard as your guide. Make sure you don’t pull up on the tulle while cutting it or it’ll be shorter on one end. Remove any loose pieces you might have.
Here’s a picture with both of the ends cut – you can see my scraggly pieces in the front. Pull the tulle off the cardboard and you are finished cutting your tulle.
Step 4- Now for tying the knots.
Take one of each of your colors and put them together. Then you will tie a knot around the elastic. Don’t tie it too tight. Make sure you can still move the tulle easily. Then you will tie a knot again in the other direction. Having each tie go a different direction allows for more fluff in the tutu. You can make sure each tie is going in the same direction if that is a look you prefer. Keep tying knots until you reach the end. If your ends are uneven, you can cut to even them out, or make some shorter for a different look.
Now, if you would like to add a ribbon to your tutu, go ahead and tie a bow where the elastic is sewn together. You are welcome to superglue it; however, I like to change out my ribbons for different events.