Nov 16, 2013

christmas candy cane 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!

i may be jumping the gun a bit, but i wanted to get this tutorial out there in case you had a little girl in your life that would love to unwrap a candy-cane tutu on christmas...or maybe you want to put your sweetie in one of these for your holiday cards!

this is a holiday variation of my previously published tutorials for a toddler tutu and newborn tutu. i sure make a lot of tutus for someone with no daughters, huh?

> 3/4" elastic: [desired diameter]" + 1"
       - ex: i wanted a 16" toddler-sized waistband so i cut 17" of elastic
> needle
> white 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
> white faux fur trim
        - i used approximately 3yd 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 instructions are the same as they ever were: hand-stitch your elastic to form the waistband of the tutu, cut your tulle, then start knotting around the elastic waist. detailed picture instructions of these steps can be found in my toddler tutu post.

i alternated four white tulle strips followed by four red tulle strips:

as always, you can absolutely gift the tutu at this stage:

oooorrr...you could add this christmassy white faux fur trim to the waist!

i attached the trim in basically the same way that i wound ribbon around the waist for my other tutus. however, this time, i used needle and thread to secure the fur a bit better.

first, pierce your needle through the fur trim and the elastic (1). pull taut (2), then double back through the fur and elastic (3). wrap your fur around the waistband (4) (several knots of tulle down the row) and pierce your needle through the fur again (5) -- pull taut.
this is how i attached the faux fur trim -- remember i don't claim to be an expert seamstress at all. there may be a less roundabout way to do this...

keep repeating in this manner until you've worked your way around the waist.

and, you're done!

what do you think?
are you going to make one for a little girl in your life??
i'd love to see your version if you make one!

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* mari


  1. I would love to make one for my 3 month old niece! Any recommendation on sizes?

    1. the very best option would be to measure your niece, but in case you want to surprise her, it looks like the standard measurement for a 3-6mo waist is about 14" and 6" long. Hope that helps!

  2. I am always a fan of tutus and I love the faux fur around the waist!

  3. That is adorable! How clever you are...just in time for Christmas!


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