Mar 22, 2012

tiny toddler tutu

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes...hours
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : your heart will ache for a little girl
would i do it again? : absolutely!

can you believe i'm 30 years old and i just now finally know someone who is pregnant with a girl?
   i'm surrounded by boys!

of course, i'm way way WAY excited for my old friend...
   and i had to make a tutu for the little girlie she'll have soon!

   > 3/4" elastic: [desired diameter]" + 1"
         - ex: i wanted a 16" toddler-sized waistband so i cut 17" of elastic
   > needle & thread
   > scissors
   > tulle - 6" wide spools are easiest
         - i used a whopping 75yd, but this can vary depending on:
              - size of the waistband
              - length of tutu
              - amount of fluffiness desired
         - i.e. you are going to need a whole lotta tulle if you're making this for yourself
   > optional: 7/8" ribbon in coordinating color
         - i used approximately 5yd for the 16" waistband
   > optional: cardboard that is 2x[desired length of tutu]" long
         - ex: for a 10" long tutu, i cut my template 2x(10") = 20" in length
         - this will make your life much easier for cutting the tulle

**the following instructions are for a 10" long tutu with a 16" waistband.**

01. overlap ends of elastic by 1" and sew together to form a 16" waistband
         this doesn't need to be fancy. it will be covered by ribbon later.

02. wrap an entire spool of tulle (25yd) around the 20" long cardboard template...
         ...then cut tulle at both ends of the template
               - you can use a rubber band to hold the strips in place before cutting

you should end up with a stack of tulle strips, 6" wide and 20" long

don't forget to save your tulle scraps --
i show you how to make a coordinating
tiny tutu card here!

a little lint roller action on my pant leg and....

03. pull elastic onto your thigh and start knotting each strip of tulle in half around the waistband until you reach desired fullness
keep knotting...

keep knotting...

once you are done knotting your tulle strips onto the waistband, 
it is ready for wearing!
close-up of waistband

if you're feeling a little extra-ambitious...
you can add ribbon to the waistband to make it fancier!

i was inspired by {treasures for tots}...but i did mine a bit different.

04. start in the middle of a knot:

this is what it will look like after a few turns of the ribbon:

when you have wrapped the entire waistband, 
tie a knot with the other end to secure the ribbon, 
then make a pretty bow.

because i have no girl of my own to model it on (sniff, sniff)...
      here is the finished tutu on reindy the reindeer:
oh, the indignity!

and here are the two tutus (say what?) i made, packaged and ready to go!

you can see how to make a coordinating tiny tutu card here
and how to make your own surprise gift box banner here!

newborn tutu instructions can be found here!


* mari
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  1. how do you package your tutu? It seems so hard to package since it's delicate and it can wrinkle :/

    1. hi there! i found a box that was wide enough to accommodate the tutu, then just sort of squashed it down flat. upon receiving, the giftee just has to fluff it a bit and it's good as new! :)

  2. This is the best tutorial I have found of satin wrapping your tutus. This is great and I can't wait to start on mine. THANKS!

    1. thanks so much cody! good luck with your tutu! :)

  3. Its beautiful. would look perfect on my newborn baby girl.. Im inspired... :)

    1. congratulations on your new addition! i'd love to see the finished result. :)

  4. Beautiful.. How much ribbon did you use at the end to complete the tutu?


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