Monday, February 23, 2009

It Was "TuTu" Easy

I got the crafting bug today!

I have been wanting to make my youngest daughter a tutu, but never got around to it. Well today at wal mart, I decided a good way to spend a rainy afternoon was to make it! And it was so easy too! It took me maybe 1.5 hours.

If you want to make your own, you will need:

Approx 2.5 yards of satiny ribbon
5 yards of tulle
Large coffee can, the big giant ones

When you purchase tulle by the yard, it is folded in half. Cut at the seam, so you have 10 pieces of 39x27" tulle and lay the rectangles on top of each other.

Roll up like a toilet paper roll, and get out your measuring tape. Cut at 5" increments till you reach the end of the rolled up tulle. If you have extra end pieces, just put that aside. Also, no matter how much you try, there will still be un-even ends and sides, but that doesn't matter here.

Now you're going to take your ribbon and measure around your daughter's waist and tie a knot at each end of the measurement you made. Usually it works that you have a 20" tail, then a 20" waist and then another 20" tail, with two knots in between.

Tie your ribbon around the coffee can. You may have to double up the ribbon, this is ok!

Take one strip of tulle at a time (after you have un-rolled it) and fold it in half, like a "U". Push the folded end under the ribbon and put the loose ends through the folded end. Like this (except I did mine the opposite way):

Pull the tulle nice and tight against the ribbon and continue doing this with each piece of tulle till you reach each knot. I like doing a pattern, but you can do whatever you like. If the above method is too hard, you could also just tie the tulle around the ribbon.

Here is what ours looked like:

It's just a quick picture, I didn't have time to un-fold some of the ends of the tulle for the picture, oops! I am also going to trim the ends a bit, but other than that, I am ery happy!

A closeup:

If this is too confusing, I will add more instructions later! Just let me know.


Mama Bear said...

That is AWESOME.

I am so going to make one for myself. Papa Bear will...LOVE it. ;)

KrustyTheCat said...

Ahhh...that is so not what I wanted to hear! LOL Just make sure you use enough ribbon for yourself, the measurements I gave were to fit A's waist. If you want, you can use elastic as well, but the ribbon was just easier because I can tie it with a cute bow.

♥ Bekki said...

I could totally do this!!! I think I see a rainy day craft coming!!

♥ Bekki said...

I must have missed it on there! Well good thing I stumbled across your bloggy.

You think Redmond is to far to travel for MJ?? I am disappointed!!! Haha.

♥ Bekki said...

Ooook. Besides childbirth, a husband coming home is actually an acceptable excuse.
I'll go take a look at the pictures too. Thanks for the good idea!

Stephanie said...

That looks great!

re the tortillas there is a recipe card on the post. Is it not showing up?

SimplyForties said...

Too cute! Now I have to think of a little girl for whom to make one!