I decided to switch things up a bit and do what I have always loved doing.. craft! I love DIY and there’s nothing better than the feeling of achievement, so I decided to make my daughter her very own frilly tutu! I am very envious of the small businesses that make baby outfits etc as it can take a lot of time & effort however I have found a way of making an outfit from scratch in under an hour.
You will need |
Stretchy Elastic (18 inches)
Tulle (Tutu netting)
(I bought my elastic & tulle from hobby craft which cost me under £5 and the cardboard I used was an old cut out from a coca cola box – this is what you call DIY mama style)
First things first, Sizing – You need to measure your little one around the waist and decide how long you want your tutu to be. I used 18″ of elastic so that I had enough room to tie it. You can also use this as a guideline:
Cut your elastic at least an inch bigger than your waist as this will give you room to tie the knot. Alyssia is around 15″ so I added an extra 3 inches just to be sure it wouldn’t be too tight. Then tie both ends together.
Next you need to cut our cardboard into rectangles, you can use a cereal box for this or like me you could use a coca cola box. The width needs to be 8-12 inches (the width does not need to be exact, just wider than your tulle)
We then need to cut the tulle, if you are using just 1 colour you will need 48 strips of tulle for a 15″ tutu, place the two pieces of cardboard together & wrap your tulle around the cardboard cut outs 48 times.
One Colour Tutu = 48 full wraps
Two Colour Tulle = 24 full wraps
Three Colour Tulle = 16 full wraps
Once you have wrapped your tulle around the cardboard 48 times (or however many times needed) you will need to use your scissors and cut down the side until you have long strips of tulle.
You then need to repeat this process if you are using more than 1 colour. I used just 1 colour so didn’t need to do this. Once you have cut out all of the tulle strips, you need to stretch your elastic around the 2 pieces of cardboard.
Now the fun begins, we need to wrap the tulle pieces around the elastic band. If you use 3 strips at a time this will give you a really full tutu. You can use more or less though, its up to you.
Take 3 layers of tulle and wrap it around your elastic band, if you are using more than one colour you can alternate the colours to make it look even. Take 3 pieces of tulle, place them on top of each other and fold them in half then wrap around the elastic band until you have tied a knot like so.
Keep doing this until you have used up all of your pieces of tulle and your tutu is full of knotted tulle. After you have completed this, all you need to do is fluff it up. To do this, simply just pull on each individual piece of tulle.
This is what the final product looks like, this is the first time I have made anything like this so I was pretty proud of the finished product. It took me less than an hour to make and cost under £5 for the elastic & tulle.
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